Bewcastle School

Walking the wall

British Values

British values are embedded into our wider curriculum at Bewcastle school. Following a discussion with Rory Stewart, MP, and further correspondence with Lord Nash, the Education Minister, we have identified these values as: tolerance; respect for the rule of law; democracy and fairness.

Since September 2017, our children have taken part in the following activities and experiences:

Learning about English literature with a topic on Charles Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol', which was enhanced with a theatre company production of 'A Christmas Carol' in school.

Our older pupils took part in 'A Victorian Christmas' residential in Caldbeck.

Since September 2016, our children have taken part in the following activities and experiences:

Outdoor learning week, including: water activities on Talkin Tarn, circus skills, archery, whole school sleepover, whole school sponsored walk for our pool, outdoor exploration and art, forest schools activities and fire building.

In January 2017, our headteacher attended the Teachers Institute in parliament, learning about the work of the UK parliamentary education service and becoming a teacher ambassador for the service. See the attached document for more information: Parliamentary report March 2017.doc

January 2017 we studied a topic on Chinese New year.

Since September, 2015, our children have taken part in the following activities and experiences, which we believe encapsulate these values:

Working together to produce a public performance of a school nativity, performed in school and Bewcastle Church;

Working with the parliamentary education outreach service: lessons focused on creating a political party, voting participation and parliamentary democracy;

Taking part in Carlisle and district music and drama festival - whole school participation and performance of songs;

Taking part in the Carlisle cathedral singing outreach programme - whole school  learning a range of challenging songs and performing in the Cathedral in front of a large audience (all children from Reception to Y6);

Visiting Newcastle Theatre Royal for a performance of 'Hetty Feather';

Weekly music and football clubs;

Raising money for Macmillan, Red Nose Day, Save the Children;

House captain elections and weekly house points - celebration assembly;

Weekly assemblies from local vicars - strong links with churches;


Since September, 2014,  our children have experienced the following activities and experiences, which we believe encapsulate these values:

Working together to produce a public performance of 'Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat';

Learning about the role of the queen as our longest reigning monarch - homework display in hall;

Holding a sports day that included wheelchair basketball and 'boccia' to include all pupils;

Y6 children working with Jilly Jarman (Blue Jam Arts) to achieve the Arts Award as part of our creative curriculum;

Hosting a number of community lunches -  welcoming parents, grandparents, governors, visitors, Church leaders, MPs, County councillors and others to our school;

Unicef 'Day for Change' - fundraising for children who have been affected by war and natural disasters - learning that they require food, shelter, water and education, even in the most difficult circumstances, such as living as refugees - understanding our role in the wider global community;

Collective worship that celebrates teamwork, kindness, respect and success in all its forms;

Choosing house captains using a democratic and fair process that is open to all;

Holding our school 'General Election', during which all took part in a secret ballot;

Working with the Carlisle wheelchair sports club to experience inclusion in sport for all;

Raising money for Carlisle wheelchair sports club by holding a Christmas coffee morning and cake sale;

Inviting our MP, Rory Stewart to share in our Christmas celebrations and understanding our role in the wider national community;

Exploring themes around remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. Engaging in debates about the art installation at the Tower of London, following discussions in the national press and news - responding by making our own clay poppies and Y6 children creating their own display to illustrate opposing arguments;

Taking part in sporting fixtures and festivals, including the 7-a-side football tournament at William Howard School;

Working on challenge and sporting activities with children from Lees Hill school.