Learning and Living Together

Mutual respect & tolerance of those with different faiths & beliefs

Mutual respect is at the heart of our aims and values, ‘to treat everyone and everything with respect’ and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Cale Green Primary School is a socially and ethnically diverse primary school – it is truly comprehensive in its intake. We place a great deal of emphasis on creating an inclusive school ethos where all the different experiences of children and their families are valued and our diversity is celebrated.

As a consequence our school is a harmonious community where pupils get on together well, care for one another and learn well to respect differences. Celebrations across many themes have helped children gain insights into each other’s backgrounds and to recognise the positive aspects of different cultures. Our children know why it is important that they all make a positive contribution to their own class, the school and the community as a whole. Children are proud of the school, they know that they as individuals are valued and respected.

Our children know, and understand, that it is expected, and imperative, that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to respect everything ranging from school equipment to religious beliefs to family background. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Courtesy and good manners are expected and are the norm.

Specific examples of how we enhance understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs include:

• in RE and PSHE and other lessons develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures both in the present day and in the past. We follow the local authority scheme of work in RE ‘Learning for Life’ and often deliver it through comparative RE themes such as ‘Prayer’ or ‘religious Buildings’. This also includes visitors from other faiths and backgrounds to the school and visits to Christian, Muslim and Jewish places of worship

• in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world

• in Year 5 the children take part in the School Linking Network (SLN). This is a national charity that supports young people, schools and local authorities to explore identity, diversity, equality and community, we link with Mellor Primary School which is in a contrasting locality in Stockport. Children meet initially on neutral territory then visit each other’s school to enrich and extend understanding and through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a diverse society. Children in other classes also use SLN resources exploring the four key questions: Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? and How do we all live together?

• assemblies are planned to reflect the diverse nature of our school either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures

• members of different faith groups are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school

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