At Keir Hardie, we are committed to serving our diverse multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing community. We believe it is essential that our pupils are equipped with the tools they need to support them growing up in modern British society. 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 as a citizen in Britain. We want our pupils to know our British Values underpinning what is to be a good citizen, while valuing and celebrating diversity.
The government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that British Values are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five British 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. We also ensure our curriculum supports pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) equipping them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in our school and in wider society.
Our SEND pupils had an art session in the greenhouse with Mrs Gilani on Wednesday 10th November to commemorate the fallen soldiers who died for their country. The results were amazing!
Heritage/Cultural Dress Day
To further celebrate our backgrounds and wonderfully diverse community during Heritage Week, Keir Hardie pupils and staff dressed in traditional clothing on Cultural / Heritage Dress Day.
The week of 18th October was Democracy Week at Keir Hardie, which tied in with the elections of this year’s School Councillors! Children learnt about voting, the principles of democracy and its importance in British life.
Thank you to all our families who contributed to this year’s Harvest collection for St Mark’s Church Food Bank. Please see our Harvest presentation to pupils and some pictures of your amazing donations.
To celebrate Keir Hardie’s rich cultural diversity, during heritage week we celebrated different cultural backgrounds represented in the school, pupils and staff wore traditional clothes representing their heritage.
It was fantastic to see all the vibrant colours and an array of beautiful styles, pupils and staff were very proud to speak about the importance of the clothes they were wearing.
It was also a great opportunity to learn, celebrate and share food from different countries.
Year Six had the amazing opportunity to perform at the East London Speech-Making Festival on 29th November 2019. Their speeches emphasised the dangers of increasing climate change and ways in which the young generation can move forward. What a fantastic opportunity!
The children on the school council organised a collection of food for the Harvest Festival, they then visited Newham Food Bank to get a better understanding of what happens to the food collection, how it is organised and distributed. The information was shared in a whole school assembly.
Visit to the Houses of Parliament
Year 6 pupils visited the Houses of Parliament, a great opportunity to discuss British values. As part of the day, the children visited the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They reflected on the qualities of a good leader and were encouraged to aspire to these leadership positions in the future. They also spent the day learning about making laws using the procedure laid down by Parliament.
Rights & Respect Week
11-15 November was our Rights and Respect week which coincided with National Anti-Bullying week. It was an opportunity for the whole school community to reflect on our safeguarding procedures, discuss this year’s theme ‘Change Starts With Us’ and revise the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We held discussions, debates, drama and workshops by Chain Reaction Theatre company (for staff, pupils and parents) and NSPCC assemblies and workshops.
Police Workshops for Year 5/6 Pupils
Yr5 and Year 6 pupils learnt about homophobic language and the effects that on-line bullying has on individuals, especially outside the confines of the school. This was the perfect opportunity for pupils to ask questions linked to these particular foci. Pupils found this to be very informative and are now very aware of how they can seek help if they are subject to this.
Respect & Safety on TFL
We teach our pupils about safety on London transport, they part in workshops delivered by TFL. The aim of the workshops are to promote safe, responsible and respectful behaviour on and around London’s transport system and to provide valuable lessons on how to best use the services provided.’
At Keir Hardie we are always seeking to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Cycling and scooting are two of the pleasures that many of our children enjoy and as a school we encourage children to cycle or scoot to school on a regular basis. The pictures below show how many bikes and scooters we have in our storage racks on a normal day.
We have the Activemark, and all our children experience at least 2 hours of PE every week.
We have the full range of sports clubs and activities, including KS1 multi-skills, KS2 multi-skills, football, basketball and dance classes for KS1 and Year 6.
Key Stage 2 classes take part in a cycle training and road safety course.
We have had the local authority’s Food in Schools project recently to update our menu, and children find now our menu is healthier.
All pupils have free school meals for the next two years.
Children learn about how the body works, how to care for it and what makes a healthy lifestyle through the curriculum.
We participate in all the “walk to school” events and have achieved a Bronze Award for our School Travel Plan.