"Every school should promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. Children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of their background." - Ofsted
At Burghill Community Academy, we think it is incredibly important for our pupils to recognise the richness in diversity and therefore we take pride in recognising and celebrating numerous different events that promote those British values in school. Please see below for some examples of our whole school or whole key-stage celebrations:
To celebrate Pride Month, Key Stage 2 listened to the music of prominent LGBTQ+ artists when they came into class each morning (inc. Olly Alexander, Demi Lovato, Billie Holiday and MNEK). Y3/4 also learnt more about why Pride month exists and made colourful rainbow flags in art. In Y5/6, the children watched the Pixar Short 'Out' and wrote diary entries as the main character to explain what he would have been feeling in the film.
After learning about Ramadan, a Year 5 pupil suggested the class could raise money for charity by taking part in a school-day fast (09:00-15:15). The class then decided upon a charity to raise money for, settling on Christian Aid and their Rohingya Crisis Appeal. The children sat together before 09:00 on the penultimate day of Ramadan to enjoy a bumper 'brunch' and after smashing the £25 fundraising target and raising over £60 a Year 6 asked if the funds could be split equally between Christian Aid and Muslim Aid, a decision that was unanimously supported by everyone taking part.
We celebrated Chinese New Year throughout the school and with those home-learning too. Our youngest children engaged in sensory play and mark making with rice and Chinese numbers. In KS1, children made hand-print dragons and Chinese lanterns and in KS2 the children learnt about the traditions and story of Chinese New Year as well as creating paper dragons and making their own Chinese food.
A survey of our books in school found only 2.4% of them had non-white people on their covers, way below the 14% of the British population who identify as non-white (Census 2011). To improve representation in the books our children read, FaBS donated £150 to buy new books that feature BAME characters for our class and school libraries.
We celebrated Christmas as a whole school by creating Christmas cards for our families, making Christingles and performing Christmas songs. Here, you can watch a whole-school performance of the 'Starry Night' Christmas carol with Sycamore Class performing their segment in our local church. If you visit our YouTube channel you can also watch each class perform their own Christmas songs too.
Key Stage 2 celebrated Diwali by finding out more about who celebrates the festival, when they celebrate it and why it's important to those who do celebrate Diwali. The children then painted their own diwa lamps to take home with them.
Remembrance Day was celebrated across the whole school with each class taking part in 2-minute silences. With many forces families as part of our school community, this is a particularly important day for our school. Different classes also took part in a number of different activities around Remembrance with our oldest pupils using Ancestry to research former pupils who lost their lives in World War I, Year 3 and 4 created their own pieces of art and our youngest pupils used their cutting skills to create their own poppies to decorate a poem.
We celebrated the Christian festival of Harvest as a whole school, with each class learning a different song or poem to perform. We shared our performances in a Virtual Harvest Festival and also collected donations which were given to Hereford Food Bank.
We celebrated UK Black History Month as a whole school. To celebrate the start of the month, each class wrote biographies and drew portraits of different black heroes: Apple Class did CBeebies presenter Nigel Clarke (Who even sent them their own video message from the CBeebies house!), Beech Class learnt about Frank Bailey (Britain's first black firefighter), Willow Class researched Lillian Bader (The first black woman in Britain's armed forces) and Sycamore Class learnt about Team GB athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Some of the children's work is now on display in the hall. Each class also did a topic-related BHM lesson which included learning about black Egyptian pharaohs, Rosa Parks and the role of black soldiers in World War I with UKS2 also learning about the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963.