Ignite Day – British Values – Tuesday 14th March 2017

The aim of this third Ignite Day is to help develop our students’ understanding and appreciation of our British Values as well as provide opportunities to work and engage with students outside of their usual House. We are really excited about the wide range of activities on offer and know that this will provide a valuable and enjoyable part of our students’ SMSC development

What are ‘British values’?

Within education ‘fundamental British values’ are defined as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

 
Our Core Aims within our Ignite Day are to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

 

Year 7: Refugee Day

British Values: Tolerance of Others, Mutual Respect

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures

 
Overview:

Students undertake a range of exciting and creative Performance and Arts focused activities which reflect on the experience of refugees around the world. Students are given the scenario of having just arrived as refugees in an imaginary country and spend the day learning how to become citizens of our country and reflecting on their experiences. Through these activities, students learn to understand and appreciate the issues and impact of immigration as well as developing important, interpersonal and team building skills by engaging with students outside of their usual House.

Year 8: Bristol Religious Buildings

British Values: Tolerance of Others, Mutual Respect

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures

 
Overview:

During the morning Year 8 will be going to Bristol to visit two different religious buildings. Half of the year group will be visiting a Hindu Temple and a Sikh Gurdwara. The other half of the year group will get to visit a Hindu Temple and an Islamic Mosque. At each religious building, students will be given a talk and a tour by a religious representative and they will be given the opportunity to ask any questions that they have. In the afternoon students will take part in two different sessions where they will have the opportunity to explore what it means to live in a multi-faith community and the importance of religious tolerance. Students will also be able to compare the similarities and differences between the two places of worship.

Year 9: Valuing Science

British Values: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

 
Overview:

For Year 9, the Ignite day activity is split into two halves both of which focus on considering how British Values affect our everyday lives. In the morning, students will take part in a rotation of group activities using concepts from science and other real-world examples of the British Values. In the afternoon, students are given the unique opportunity to hear the personal and inspirational story of a guest speaker who survived the Nazi Holocaust.

Year 10: Model Nations

British Values: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

 
Overview:

In Year 10 students develop their understanding and appreciation of the key concepts of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and how these vary across a range of governments and systems of law around the globe.

Students will engage in four group workshop activities which develop their understanding of the political and cultural make-up of different countries with arguably weaker democratic procedures. As part of these activities, students are asked to reflect on their own opinions, beliefs and values as well as developing interpersonal and team building skills.

Year 11: Study Skills Day

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behavior and show initiative

 
Overview:

For Year 11 students our March Ignite day provides a range of revision and study skills activities to help prepare for their upcoming GCSE exams. Some of our students will be selected for the Withdrawal sessions which focus on key subjects and given a personalised timetable. The rest of the Year group will be split into two halves: one half will attend a motivational session on Maximising Success with The Lifeskills Company; the other half will enjoy a carousel of relaxation techniques with Yogadoo and using ICT effectively. 

Our girls have always found this day incredibly valuable in gaining key study skills, calming anxieties and receiving additional expert revision and coursework support.

Year 12: Democracy Day

British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

 
Overview:

In Year 12 students learn to appreciate the complexities and challenges of effective Government as well as gain a better understanding and respect for the democratic process and rule of law. Through participation in a range of workshop activities, students are able to engage with some of the complexities and challenges of the real-world decisions made by governments.

This day also provides further opportunities for our Year 12s to develop important leadership and team building skills as well as work and engage with students outside of their usual House.

Year 13: Money Matters

British Value: Individual Liberty

Links to our Core Aims:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, and show initiative,
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England

 
 Overview:

Students in Year 13 will spend their day with our Maths Team involved in a range of practical and fun activities and ‘mock’ experiences for budgeting and money management and the implications of this to their adult lives.

These activities focus on:

  • Eating well on a budget
  • Managing Household finance: bank statements, bills, tax and NI
  • How to use spreadsheets to manage accounts effectively
  • Outside speaker on how to budget and manage money at University

 
This day provides valuable life skills in managing budgets as well as promoting students’ social development through an appreciation of the value of money. This is especially important in year 13 for our students potentially about to leave home for university.

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