British Values Statement
At Hadrian Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.
In Year 6, pupils undertake an intense topic about World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute's silence is held. The school head boy and head girl and the house captains represent the school community at the Remembrance Day Service held annually at St Stephen’s church, within the local community.
In Year 5, pupils study the Victorian period and discover the global impact of the industrial revolution and the key British figures who were part of it. They look at Queen Victoria and the development of the British empire during her reign.
In Year 1, there is a strong focus on the work of Florence Nightingale and how she assisted British soldiers in Scutari so they could convalesce after being injured. Florence Nightingale is seen as a 'martyr' by many children in the year group as they find her work and approach to making changes to hospitals both fascinating and inspiring.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the World Cup and the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country.
In recent years, we celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George with special assemblies and themed lessons. The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with a 'street party' event held on the school field. Traditional children's party food was served to all.
On a general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. In PSHE children discuss racism and take part in the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ initiative to develop a sense of identity within the wider community.