At Holmbush, we think it very important that our pupils develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. Through a rich and challenging humanities curriculum, we invite pupils to reflect upon their role in a diverse society.
Through our use of ‘RESPECT’ as part of our work in assemblies, we equip pupils with a mature, respectful and sensitive appreciation for difference and diversity. In discussing what it means to be British, children engage critically with stereotypes and prejudices and develop an understanding of how we can celebrate our heritage and home cultures whilst also embracing the ties that bind us together.
We use opportunities such as ‘Talk Project’ to encourage pupils to have respect and tolerance in an environment that enables them to express their individuality. Pupil Voice is further enhanced through our use of a 'mandated' model of a school council, in which children seeking to be elected as class representatives participate in hustings and voting processes.
Our geography curriculum casts a light on global citizenship and the rule of law through connecting with communities from around the country and globe.
As a Rights Respecting School, we embed the Unicef Rights of the Child in a way that ensures pupils understand their rights and responsibilities linked to these through gaining a mutual respect for one another. Our RE and PSHcE Curriculum support this whilst ensuring that pupils understand that these rights are global as well as national; ways to show respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs and that there is a difference between law of the land and religious law.