At Keir Hardie, we believe it is essential that our pupils are equipped with the tools they need to support them in growing up in modern British society. As a result of this, we want all pupils that attend our school to have the opportunity to develop a strong set of values and principles, and question and understand what it means to grow up in British society.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values are:
- The rule of law.
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to learn and reflect on the British values that underpin our lives and to recognise the valuable role that they play as emerging citizens in British society.
Newham Debate Cup
On Wednesday 6th July, 8 year 5 pupils participated in the Newham Debate Cup at the Stratford campus of UEL. The children had to debate tricky motions considering whether child beauty pageants should be banned, if animal testing is ethical and whether or not adults and children should be forced to exercise for a minimum of 2 hours a week. Debating is a fantastic life skill, and the pupils did an amazing job.
The children on the school council organised a collection of food for the Harvest Festival. Thank you all for your kind donations!
Chris Preddie OBE
As part of Rights & Respect Week, Keir Hardie was delighted to welcome back Chris Preddie OBE to work with pupils in Year 3-6 on Tuesday 26th April.
Cultural Dress Day
To celebrate the variety of different cultures which make up Britain today, pupils and staff came to school wearing clothes which represented their culture. The amount of pupils who participated was fantastic and the outfits were spectacular!
Rights and Respect Assembly
On Friday 29th April, Keir Hardie held a special whole school assembly to share and celebrate the learning from each year group, during Rights and Respect Week.
In their classes, pupils in Reception focused on ‘who we respect, why we respect, and how we show respect.’
Priya – “I respect my brother because when he is hungry, I give him his bottle.”
Izzat – “I respect my mum because I listen to her”
Dylan – “I respect my brother because when he wants the train track, I build it for him”
In their classes, our Year 1 pupils discussed what they thought their rights might be and compared them with what they are. They also discussed how they could respect each other’s rights in the classroom and the playground.
Pupils in Year 2 used the UNICEF book entitled, For Every Child, to learn about the rights of children. They used illustrations from the story as inspiration for designing posters about the ways we can respect each other.
Year 3 looked at the United Nations Convention On The Rights of a Child, focusing on what must be done to respect those rights and our individual responsibilities to ensure that they are respected.
Pupils in Year 3 also researched activists that have fought for children’s rights and constructed their own inspirational sentences about rights, respect and responsibility.
Pupils in Year 4 researched and learnt about inspiring individuals who promoted children’s rights, focusing on their biographies and motivation for their work. They also used quotes from these individuals as inspiration to create their own quotes.
Year 5 looked at the ways in which different forms of poetry have been used to promote children’s rights in order to create their own acrostic poem, on ‘Rights’ and ‘Respect’.
Pupils in Year 6 looked at current news issues regarding further education, the voting age, the gender pay gap and child inequality. They designed posters to inform their peers and raise the profile of Children and Young People’s Rights.