At Kniveton Primary we value diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We teach tolerance and respect for the differences in our school, community and the wider world.
Every year the children collect donations for the annual poppy appeal. They have a sense of pride in helping with this work. We always recognise the soldiers’ sacrifices by having a one minute silence. In November 2014 we held a two minutes’ silence to remember the First and Second World War. We also designed plates to show what the War means to us.
As a whole school we celebrate the local tradition of Shrovetide. We have speakers in to discuss and teach about the history of this Game. This keeps the Game alive.
In Class 1 (EYFS and Key Stage 1) the children learn about the work of Florence Nightingale and how she assisted British soldiers so that they could convalesce after being injured. The children are currently learning about this topic and comparing her work to Edith Cavell in Spring 2015.
Class 1 also do a project on Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot and learn about our monarchy through King James, Elizabeth 1 and Elizabeth the second. The older children learn about Queen Victoria and Henry the eighth.
Class 3 are learning about Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our History and values and in continuing to develop Britain. This is done in our topic, ‘Crime and punishment through the ages.’ We also teach the children about positive role models in our society through such topics as in PSHE ,’Leaders and role models.’
Key Stage 2 are learning about our democratic system in a topic on Democracy. They will be encouraged to accept and engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We hope to be able to visit a law court in Nottingham to see the judicial process in action.
On a general level the school undertakes daily collective worship which upholds the traditional values of respect, tolerance and empathy. These are also taught within PSHE and R.E. lessons and on an informal basis throughout the school days.
We have a rolling programme of visits to a wide variety of religious places of worship such as the Buddhist Tara centre in Etwall, the Hindu temple in Derby and Jewish, Sikh and Muslim places of worship. Our PSHE work on,’ Diversity and responsibilities’ enhances these tolerances and celebrates the richness of our world. Our International links with Gambia and Sri Lanka also enhances the children’s understanding of our society and world. We have hosted several visits from teachers from the Gambian school and the children are very enthusiastic to talk to them and learn about their African friends’ way of life, cultures and beliefs.
Class 1 are developing their respect for all aspects of our society in their PSHE work on Respect. Our aim is for our children to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in Modern Britain.
We encourage our children’s cultural development by their understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield .This is an essential element of their preparation for life in Modern Britain. We have links with Harrington Nursery in Derby where there is a rich mixture of cultures and ethnicities and 22 different languages are spoken. They visited our school to learn about how we, as Christian school, celebrate Easter and joined us in church for our Easter service.
Our curriculum is broad .It complies with legislation but also prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We include such exciting aspects in our curriculum as Arts weeks when the children learn about the different faiths and cultures around the world and within Britain. In Summer 2015 we will be learning about British Art through the ages.
Our children play an active part within our local community. They contribute to the bi-monthly village newsletter. They entertain the elderly residents of the village by inviting them to our annual Christmas performance and serving them tea and biscuits. The ‘Get together’ club are invited once a year and the older children organise a Talent show for them and serve them a cream tea. The children regularly attend church and chapel services at Easter, Harvest and Christmas. Our R.E. scheme of work is broadly Christian but takes account of the practices and teachings of the other principal religions represented in Britain.
All our children are taught how to keep themselves safe e.g. when on the Internet and using social media. Our older children will be learning about how to keep themselves safe from radicalization and extremism. These issues are dealt with sensitively within such topics as ,’A multicultural community’ and ‘Who am I?
Work such as this also emphasizes how we do not accept discriminatory or derogatory language at Kniveton School. This includes language that is derogatory about disabled people, and homophobic and racist language.
Our Governors work closely with our teaching team to ensure that, as a school, we promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles. We have strict procedures to ensure that all adults working with our children, including those who lead assemblies as external speakers, have a current DBS .