Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
At Hotham we believe in educating the ‘whole child’ and that education takes a number of different forms. We are very proud of the quality of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education at Hotham. Hotham pupils enjoy celebrating and exploring their own culture and that of others. Children are given many opportunities to explain their views, on issues that affect themselves and society. In the Autumn term we hold an ‘International Fortnight’ in which children are given the opportunity to share their culture with the school community.
Promoting British Values
Hotham School is committed to serving our community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Hotham School is dedicated to preparing students for their life beyond Primary School and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all our students.
Our School Council demonstrates democracy in action. Candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated daily by our pupils.
Rules and Laws
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, as well as creating their own class charter based on the values that the class wishes to uphold.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways including visits from authorities such as the police and fire service and during Religious Education, when rules for different faiths are thought about
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely. This includes choices about what learning challenge or activity, choices about how they record their learning and, choices around participation in extra-curricular activities.
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, through topics such as “Rights & Responsibilities”.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Belief
Hotham Primary serves an area which is culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims and ethos.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices influence their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
Through PSHE, RE and Topic we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures. In English we do this through inspiring and broad fiction and in Art and Music by considering cultures from other parts of the world.
October marks International Fortnight at Hotham, a chance for the backgrounds our of all our children to be celebrated, including dressing up day, specialist workshops, parent visitors and food sharing.