HOW BRITISH VALUES ARE EMBEDDED IN OUR PRACTICE AT THE SHEPHERD’S HUT

The four Fundamental British Values are:

DEMOCRACY

RULE OF LAW

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE FOR THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

So, what does promoting British Values at The Shepherd’s Hut actually involve?

 

Democracy

  • Let children know their views count and encourage everyone to value each other’s opinions and values. You can help demonstrate democracy in action, for example, by letting children share views on what activity should come next with a show of hands.

  • Provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration

  • Give children opportunities to develop enquiring minds by creating an atmosphere at your setting where all questions are valued

 

SHEPHERD’S HUT EXAMPLES:

Singing: the children are offered the opportunity to select a favourite song for us all to sing & share.

Hammocks: involves turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Time at the Hammock area gives children the opportunity to share views, discuss their creative ideas and listen & value the ideas of others.

Eco Schools committee: Through eco schools the children learn the value of democracy. The committee vote to make decisions, take responsibility and understand that their opinion matters.

 

Rule of Law

  • Ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, helping them to distinguish right from wrong

  • Work with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, such as agreeing the rules about tidying up, and also ensuring children understand that the rules apply to everyone

 

SHEPHERD’S HUT EXAMPLES:

Handwashing:  children happily line-up in order to wash & dry their hands before having food.

Campfire: we have fire circle rules agreed with the children, so that everyone is safe when we have a campfire. We sing our Forest School song to help everyone remember the rules.

Discussions: as appropriate situations arise we take the opportunity to discuss behaviour and how it affects other people, rights and wrongs and how to be kind to others.

 

Individual liberty

  • Provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example, through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course and talking about their experiences and learning

  • Encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand everyone is free to have different opinions

 

SHEPHERD’S HUT EXAMPLES:

Independence: we teach children techniques so that they can independently put or and take off their coats & over-trousers.  We encourage them to help their friends too. When using toilet or potty, children are given encouragement and the time needed so that they can deal with their own underwear and trousers.

Risky play: we encourage children to select activities that interest them and who they would like play with (autonomy). They have the freedom to take acceptable risks and challenge themselves for example jumping off tyres, balancing on scaffold planks and horizontal ladders, or to move these things around to create new experiences and develop their ideas.

Outdoor learning: through outdoor learning and child-led activities we develop confidence and a sense of self-worth which develop a secure foundation for children believing in themselves and therefore developing the emotional intelligence to respect others, believe in their own opinion and know that liberty is important.

 

Mutual respect and tolerance

  • Encourage and explain to children about the importance of tolerant behaviours, such as sharing and respecting each other’s opinions

  • Promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences

  • Provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping

  • Create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance at your setting where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued

  • Arrange visits whereby children can engage with the wider community

  • Encourage children to acquire a tolerance, appreciation and respect for their own and other cultures by discussing with children the similarities and differences between themselves and others; and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions

  • Share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences

 

SHEPHERD’S HUT EXAMPLES:

Cultural celebrations: we use our British Values Calendar to plan a wide range of celebrations throughout the year.  We encourage children to share their experiences of different celebrations with us, for example a German festival complete with the child’s costume for this event.

Resources & Books:  we have a good selection of resources for the children to access that come from all around the world including musical instruments and books.  We ensure that our bookshelf has a wide selection that celebrate differences and challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotypes. When sharing these books with the children we discuss respect, similarities and differences, and encourage respect.  We have some lovely books including; ‘don’t touch my hair’ and ‘boys like pink as well’.

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