Citizenship and Ethics

This domain has both global and national components and includes the values, moral codes, customs and procedures by which people act, co- exist and regulate their affairs. It stems in part from widespread concern about growing selfishness and material greed. It intersects clearly with a number of the aims: ‘encouraging respect and reciprocity’; ‘promoting interdependence and sustainability’, ‘celebrating culture and community’ and ‘exploring, knowing, understanding and making sense’.

Why do we teach this? 

 We aim to encourage respect and cooperation and promote interdependence in all children at our school. We believe it is important to celebrate our cultures and community, whilst allowing children to explore, understand and make sense of the world around them. 

 How do we teach this? 

 Our Holistic Intelligences are covered in all our lessons and, when appropriate, we hold circle meetings for the whole school. Our stand-alone Citizenship and Ethics sessions, which are often child-led, follow a theme: 

 • Autumn – respect and cooperation 

 • Spring – relationships and attitude 

 • Summer – celebrating culture and community 

 What do we do? 

 Children’s successes are celebrated and our reward system is linked to our Holistic Intelligences. 

At all ages we discuss important aspects of our children’s development: 

 What makes a good learner? 

What makes a good friend? 

How can we make someone feel welcome? 

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