Diversity at Knowsley Junior School
At Knowsley Junior School we promote British Values and throughout the year we will be promoting these in a number of ways. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school.
We will be enabling our children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence, whilst encouraging respect for other people. Our pupils should be able to participate fully in, and contribute positivity to, life in modern Britain.
Happily Ever After
Mrs Turner has successfully won a bid for the Proud Trust to come into school and perform this play to Year 6 children on the 5th June 2017.
Happily Ever After is a show for children based on the book ‘King and King’ by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland; it is a beautiful, funny and delightful twist on the traditional fairytale in a pioneering primary schools project. Aimed at key stage two, Happily Ever After enables a conversation about relationships, equal marriage and the negative impact of homophobia. The play itself is a beautiful visual, wordless performance and we have designed a strong educational wrap around. A post-show interactive workshop is supported by lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans young people who have been trained as Peer Educators. Also included in the package are fully resourced, fun classroom activities, complete with lesson plans for teachers to deliver after the show, and a workshop to further embed learning.
Throughout the autumn term, our diversity focus has been gender. Through the use of books (Troll Swap for Year 3/4 and William’s Doll for Year 5/6), we have spoken about what society expects from girls and boys. It was felt by the children that girls and boys should be treated equally, and should be respected, regardless of their interests and hobbies. This led to discussions with Year 5/6 around transgender children and how they would be treated if they were pupils at our school.
A drama company, called Open Quote, will be coming into school in the spring term to work with our Year 3 children, with a focus on gender equality and diversity.
Childnet has created a resource designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online.
The Trust Me resource has been created with teachers in mind, after hearing from schools that they wanted a resource that would start conversations around extremism and extreme online content.
Mrs Turner will be delivering the lessons throughout school during the summer term.