As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at St James’. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year, for example, Remembrance during the Autumn term, and the occasional trip to a pantomime around Christmas time (what could be more British than that!). We also value and celebrate national events, a memorable example being Le Grand Depart in 2014.
Further, children learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:
Geographically: Our whole-school Where in the World topic ensures that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:
- its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains
- how ‘Great Britain’ differs from ‘England’ and ‘the United Kingdom’ (be warned: it’s complicated – this diagram might help!)
- where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world
Historically: Time Travel is a whole-school topic which happens every two years. The main focus is British history. During the topic, children learn about an aspect of life and how this has developed and changed over time. The actual topic depends on the interests of the children (and teacher!), but might include inventions and discoveries, or houses, or medicine.