Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

British Values

The 'Fundamental British Values of Democracy', 'The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect' and 'Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs' are already embedded in the Oasis Academy Foundry curriculum.



Encouraging children to know their views count and their opinions are important, for example following the children's interests for topics and activities.

Encourage  children  to  make  decisions  together  e.g. when  sharing  an activity.

Encourage children to see their role in the 'bigger picture' e.g. linking to part of a family, class, group, school, community etc.

Encourage children to value each other's views and  beliefs  and to  talk  about  their feelings  - for  example  when they do or do not need help, topic ideas, ideas about  how to organise an activity  or circle time  activities  about  likes and dislikes.

Provide opportunities for the children to vote for activity choices, for example, choosing a theme for their role play  area, choosing  a book for story time or a song for song time by  a show of   hands.

Encourage children to complete activities that involve tum-taking, sharing, discussion and collaboration e.g. model making, role play activities and using equipment.

Use group times and circle times to encourage children to take turns, listen to others, and to value and respect the contributions made by others in the group.

Work together to create an environment where it is 'safe' to make mistakes, share thoughts and ideas, and to explore different options e.g. promoting forgiveness after an argument, opportunities to retry an activity and tolerance for different views.

The Rule of Law

Encourage adults  and  children  to work  together,  to create  group rules.

Discuss the need for rules and how they should be administered fairly e.g. the need for rules to keep everyone safe  and happy

Teach children to understand their own and others' behaviour  and feelings, along with their consequences.

Work together to create an environment where actions are consistently followed through e.g. adherence to  class  rules, follow-ups  on discussions  and  other  choices  explored  after  taking  a group vote.

Encourage and support children to learn how to distinguish right from wrong. Encourage children  to  take  turns,  share and compromise.

Individual liberty

Encourage children to develop a positive sense of   themselves.

Provide opportunities for children to develop their se-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. For example, by sharing achievements and successes and promoting independence.

Provide opportunities to take on risks, challenges and responsibilities and also encourage children to explore and discuss their thoughts, feelings and ideas with those they   trust.

Encourage children to try a range of different activities and opportunities, and to discuss and select their own preferences.

Encourage children to ask questions and trust that their opinions and ideas will be respected and valued. Provide opportunities for children to follow and develop their own interests and ideas.

Provide activities for all children to engage in and actively challenge gender-specific tasks and activities.

Encourage children to reflect upon their similarities and differences, and appreciate and respect that others may have different views.

Mutual respect and tolerance of  different faiths and beliefs

Work as a group to create an environment that includes, values and promotes different faiths, cultures, views  and races.

Provide opportunities for the children to make links with the wider community, for example outings to local places, inviting family members or speakers to visit the setting, or making links with a local   charity.

Encourage children to learn about other faiths, cultures, traditions, families, communities and ways of life. Encourage the children to share their experiences with the group and allow the children to recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others. For example, by learning about festivals and special days, different types of family units, different occupations and places    around the world.

Encourage children to learn about the world around them - both locally and further afield