At Forty Hill we take and create opportunities to actively promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
To read a document all about how British Values are actively promoted at Forty Hill click here
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected School Council and Pupil Questionnaires and surveys. We encourage discussion and debate within circle time and Philosophy for Children (P4C). Our pupils are encouraged to have an input into what and how they learn to instill an understanding of democracy for their future.
“Brothers, choose seven from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them…This proposal pleased the whole group.”
The Rule of Law:
Our pupils are involved in the creation of the school rules and values to inspire them with this understanding. At Forty Hill, pupils are taught these values and the reasons behind laws, whether they govern the class, the school or the country, that are essential for their well-being and safety. Pupils are allowed and encouraged to debate in class on the matter to encourage recognition of the importance of the law.
“Then do what is good, and they will praise you, because they are God’s servants working for your own good. But if you do evil, then be afraid of them, because their power to punish is real. They are God’s servants and carry out God’s punishment on those who do evil. For this reason you must obey the authorities—not just because of God’s punishment, but also as a matter of conscience.”
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, by choosing to participate in our various extra-curricular clubs.
“Live as free people; do not, however, use your freedom to cover up any evil, but live as God’s servants.”
The school vision, values and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our Positive Behaviour Policy. Pupils are treated with respect and learn to treat each other and staff with respect.
“Then God said, ‘And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.’ So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female.”
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We encourage our pupils from different faiths or religions to share their knowledge with their peers to enhance their learning. We do not tolerate prejudice of any kind from children or parents. Multicultural Weeks are held annually where pupils learn about, and from, different cultures and faiths. Visitors from other cultures and faiths are encouraged to visit and teach classes or lead assemblies.
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.”
At Forty Hill, we are proud to be known for our academic excellence but also for a strong sense of well-being, a focus on the wider curriculum and the ‘whole child’. Through our SMSC curriculum, interwoven through our vision and values and teaching and learning ethos, we provide the children with a range of experiences to enhance their own lives and the lives of others around them.
To read a document all about how SMSC is part of life at Forty Hill click here
At Forty Hill, the children are encouraged to: explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about themselves, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect on their learning and experiences. They do this in a number of ways, including through our curriculum, learning opportunities in the outside environment, school trips, Church services and daily Acts of Worship and singing. Our Creative Curriculum gives children opportunities to experience spirituality through the creative arts as well as many opportunities for unplanned spirituality within the school day.
As part of our Collective Worship Programme, the school attends Jesus Church throughout the year to participate in and lead festival services. The aim is for all of our children from Year 1 – Year 6 to lead prayers in church at different times of the year.
|Service / Festival||Leading Prayers / Retelling the Story|
|School Blessing (September)||Whole school invited to attend and participate|
|Harvest Festival||Year 4|
|Leaver’s Service (End of July)||Year 6|
Understanding morals and morality is an important aspect of our curriculum, in order for us to prepare our children from life in the 21st Century. Our children are taught to: recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views. Through our Vision and Values, as well as our Philosophy for Children (P4C) and PSHE sessions, we encourage healthy debate and discussion around ethical issues and why we have rules. Pupil voice is key to allowing the children to explore these issues and Focus days, weeks, enrichment sessions and acts of worship look at moral issues including: bullying; gender roles and stereotypes; the role of the media and newspapers.
As part of the their social understanding, we teach the children to: use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British Values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance (see above). At Forty Hill, this can be seen through the responsibilities of our older children, including House Captains, our active School Council and pupil voice throughout the school. As a small school, we collaborate and come together on many things – including school productions – with every child participating in a production every year. We are also proud to be a ‘Singing School’ with our school choir contributing to the wide repertoire of music, both Christian and secular, heard throughout the school on many occasions.
At Forty Hill we are proud to have a ‘Reaching Out’ Programme, where we teach children about the importance of supporting others in the wider community in order to enable the children to become responsible citizens, caring about the world that they live in. Each year group participates in at least one activity every year to support the wider community and to develop their awareness of different causes.
|Class||Involvement with the wider community|
|Nursery||Buying poppies from the nurseries (November)|
|Reception||Stay and Play with Nairn House OAPs (Spring/Summer)|
|Year 1||Crocus planting with the Rotary Club (November)|
|Year 2||Great British Spring Clean (March)- litter picking at Forty Hall|
|Year 3||Homes of Promise – letters to Uganda|
|Year 4||Delivery of Harvest donations to the Enfield Food Bank (Autumn)|
|Year 5||Carol singing at old people’s home (December)|
|Year 6||Cake bake and sale for North London Hospice|
As a multicultural school, we focus a great deal on the different cultures, upbringings and beliefs of our families and individuals. We encourage our children to: appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s Parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity in a number of ways. These include our celebration assemblies, focus weeks, church services, visits from different outside speakers including other religious leaders, learning from and about other cultures and storytellers from different cultures. Our rich curriculum gives children opportunities in a number of areas, including Music, Art, Public Speaking and Drama.