At Newlands Primary School we believe in a learning culture where everyone feels excited, valued and respected.
The DfE has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Newlands these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.......
The Rule of Law
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and Those with No Faith
Outlined below are some of the ways in which we promote Global Citizenship….
Each of the Key Stage 2 classes has a Global Ambassador. They are elected every year. The role of the Global Ambassador is to promote Global Learning/Citizenship within the school. They meet each half term to decide and discuss current initiatives.
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world in 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and address the urgency of climate change.
At Newlands we have decided to focus on two Global Goals: 3 Good Health and Well Being and 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. These 2 goals have linked to many of our initiatives, including Growth Mindset, Healthy High Five Award, Marvellous Me, the Sensory Garden. Rights Respecting Schools Award and the School of Sanctuary Award.
School of Sanctuary Award
Southampton is a city of Sanctuary. In June 2018 we were awarded School of Sanctuary Status. There are currently 2 secondary schools and 20 primary schools within the city that have this status.
A school of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being as safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary. It is a space for those whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or who are just looking for a space where they can feel safe.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued member of the school community. It is a school is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.
Newlands ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ ethos mirrors the ethos of a School of Sanctuary and we are extremely proud to be working with other neighbouring schools to allow them to gain the award too.
In June 2019, we held a Global Week. This week focused on developing Global Citizenship skills, with each year group focusing on a different country. We also used this week as an opportunity to focus on the issues surrounding refugees. We had a visit from Stash Kozlowski from the charity SWVS on the history of immigration in Southampton. This week also saw the launch of the Newlands Global Family Book.
Newlands Global Family Book
As part of our Global Week in June 2018, we asked children to investigate their connections with places in the world. We were overwhelmed by the responses. We have now created our first edition of our Newlands Global Family Book to show how our school has connections with the world.
Links to Hope School, Jordan
During our Global Week in 2018, the Global Ambassadors decided that they would like to raise money for a school for Syrian refugees in Jordan called Hope School. They found out about this school having read a book called ‘Welcome to Nowhere’ by Elizabeth Laird. One of our teachers visited the Hope School in April 2019 and was able to give them further donations as well as bring back a message of thanks from the children.
Children’s Research Group
4 children from Key Stage 2 (2 Global Ambassadors and 2 School Council representatives) were involved in working with the Open University’s Dr Liz Chamberlain from the Children’s Research Centre during the last academic year.
They presented the findings of their research to the school, their parents and representatives from Amnesty International. Their research will be used to inform writers and illustrators who are collaborating on a book about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that will be published in 2021.
Good News Board
Our latest initiative from our Global Ambassadors is to create a Good News board. We have asked children to look out for good news about Southampton, Britain or the rest of the world in newspapers and to bring them in to school. Please do send in your contributions and come and look at our display board by the hall.
You may have heard your children talking about their Philosophy or P4C sessions. This section of the website explains what they are talking about!
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a tool which allows children to develop their creative thinking skills, in particular their reasoning and arguing skills.
Why use P4C?
Key Skills involved in P4C
Development of P4C
What makes a good philosophical question?
A philosophical question:
The Enquiry Process
A P4C enquiry or debate generally includes 10 steps, but it may be adjusted to the needs and skills of the group. In general, it involves the children being given a stimulus or warm up activity before they create a philosophical question that they discuss. At times the question may be given by the Class Teacher or it may be that the ‘big idea’ or concept for the question may be given, especially when links are made to the curriculum. For example, in RE in Year 5 the concept is ‘ritual’ and one of the final RE sessions involves a P4C enquiry in which the children are asked to create a question based around this concept of ‘ritual’.
To reiterate, P4C is used within Newlands Primary School as a tool to develop our children’s abilty to question the world around them in a curious, critical and respectful way.