Unity City Academy

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British Values At Unity City Academy-

Mathematics

In Mathematics, we believe in the right to learn and the right to teach. All pupils are entitled to a safe and secure learning environment. Teachers have the right to be treated with respect and in turn give out respect that pupils deserve. Pupils are given the opportunity to work in pairs and groups where they learn to work with each other and understand how different people solve problems in various ways. Pupils are encouraged to respect the opinions and beliefs of others when discussing all mathematical concepts.

For example, Year 7 will complete a ‘Famous Mathematicians’ homework, whereby pupils research a famous mathematician and look into their background and beliefs, as well as their contributions to mathematics. When studying the topic of circles, pupils will have the opportunity to research the history of Pi. In Geometry and Measure, pupils also study Indian Rangoli Patterns, Pythagoras’ Theorem and Fibonacci, all of which originate from different countries. Pupils are taught various methods of multiplication that stem from different cultures including: Russian, Egyptian, Chinese and English. Whichever topic they are studying, pupils will learn the origins of mathematics and they will appreciate that it comes from different cultures, thus understanding that mathematics knows no geographical boundaries.

Travel and Tourism

In Travel and Tourism, pupils develop their understanding of different cultures and societies by exploring different UK and worldwide destinations, as well as the importance of ‘responsible tourism’ in respecting others’ cultures and opinions. The course promotes cultural values and traditions of other countries, as well as global citizenship.

Pupils are also encouraged to work in groups and teams, learning to respect one another’s contributions, opinions and different ways of doing things. This allows pupils to develop their ability to work well with others. 

English 

In English, we strive to ensure that pupils always study relevant and topical non-fiction texts, exploring politics, conflict and different cultures. We encourage open discussion on the topics covered, often using these topical issues to inspire speaking and listening activities, such as: discussion, role plays and individual presentation tasks. We also study political speeches, exploring how political leaders promote their own ideology and how this can reinforce or challenge the hegemony of that particular society.

Through poetry and prose, pupils study different cultures and develop their understanding of the importance of tolerance - regardless of race, sexuality, gender, religion or culture. Texts such as ‘Of Mice and Men’ demonstrate the impact of discrimination on individuals and also allow us to explore contentious modern issues such as immigration. All pupils are encouraged to explore different viewpoints on issues and ideas, which directly ties in with the success criteria at KS3 and KS4.

PE  

Within the PE curriculum, pupils are encouraged to demonstrate a range of values that will enable them to become confident individuals, valued team players, and respected members of society. Pupils are expected to abide by the rules associated with specific sports and show respect to peers, opponents and officials.  Student opinions are always encouraged, listened to and respected. 

Competition is encouraged in all areas of the curriculum, but not to the extent where fair-play and sportsmanship are compromised. Pupils are taught that personal sacrifice, hard work and cooperation are required when training and performing, but this does not always guarantee success. Acknowledging that you have been beaten by a better opponent and learning from mistakes are not signs of weakness, but an important step towards future success. 

Art & Design 

The Art & Design department at Unity City Academy is committed to serving its community.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  This is reflected in the Art curriculum with an appreciation of the British arts and crafts through British history. British artist’s designers and craftspeople are an essential part of our rich and balanced curriculum. It is our view that the creative subjects work hand in hand to develop sensitivity, understanding and tolerance towards others and offer pupils the opportunity to build upon existing skills through providing rewarding and challenging activities that inspire, inform, stimulate and entertain in a supportive and creative environment.

The aim of the Art & Design team is to give students a passion for visual and creative arts that will hopefully last them a lifetime, giving them an appreciation of their countries achievements both nationally and worldwide. Our students are given a freedom to explore the arts in a safe and stimulating environment; where they know no matter what level or their ability they are all treated fairly and equally.

Travel and Tourism

In Travel and Tourism, pupils develop their understanding of different cultures and societies by exploring different UK and worldwide destinations, as well as the importance of ‘responsible tourism’ in respecting others’ cultures and opinions. The course promotes cultural values and traditions of other countries, as well as global citizenship.

Pupils are also encouraged to work in groups and teams, learning to respect one another’s contributions, opinions and different ways of doing things. This allows pupils to develop their ability to work well with others. 

History

The study of History allows pupils to find their identity and understand their place in the world.  In History, we explore the relationship between differing cultures, classes and ethnic groups over time and see how they have evolved.   Pupils learn about the impact Britain has had on the world and what lessons can be learnt from the past.  Opportunities to reflect on attitudes and beliefs are wide ranging, notably in the History of the Slave Trade, Civil Rights movement in the USA, and the persecution of Jews in Germany.  Pupils are encouraged to express their views and provide reasoned arguments on such issues as the impact of the World War One, the use of vaccination, and human rights. 

The study of History allows pupils to find their identity and understand their place in the world.  Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the legacy of British History for example through the study of Magna Carta, the building of castles and the achievements of the Industrial Revolution.   They learn the value of democracy by studying the changing roles of the monarch and parliament and the campaigns for the right to vote.  We hope to develop independent thinkers with a healthy sense of justice, who know what is right and wrong and can learn from mistakes in the past.  We aim to celebrate the achievements of Britain and foster affection for our cultural heritage.  Visits to historical sites, examination of sources, video footage and artefacts, as well as vibrant discussions in the class room, enable this to happen. 

PSHE

In a safe and supportive environment, we respectfully discuss and promote the fundamentals of: British values; democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

 PSHE concerns itself with the development of the “self”, the development of the individual, and furthering the individual’s understanding of those issues concerning healthy citizenship in a culturally diverse society. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. We discuss and promote what it is to be tolerant, respectful, and appreciative of the traditions and values of our own culture, as well as that of others, and that it should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviors. Pupils also develop an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination. Pupils reflect and distinguish right from wrong and accept responsibility for their behaviour, discuss areas of initiative, and understand and reflect on how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality and to British society more widely.

Religious Education

In Religious Education, many British values are studied explicitly as religious and non-religious concepts across the key stages. In our lessons, we aim to foster mutual respect through structured debate and discussion. Pupils are encouraged to question and explore sensitive and controversial issues, whilst maintaining tolerance and respect for the views and beliefs of others. Much of the Religious Education curriculum is focused on understanding the beliefs and world-views of different people all over the world, and through understanding, true tolerance develops.

Through group tasks and projects, pupils build confidence and develop their ability to work as part of a team. Being able to hold a debate, explain one’s views and the views of others clearly, is key to building resilience of character and conviction. Pupils also develop practical values of self-esteem through these debates. At GCSE, pupils explore the moral agency and liberty of the individual and our responsibility as citizens is explored though ethical issues and theories. Pupils are encouraged to consider the philosophical religious foundations on which concepts of democracy and liberty are built. For example, at GCSE, the concept of the sanctity of life is studied and what it means for our treatment of other human beings.

Geography

In Geography, pupils are encouraged to explore how places around the world have changed, considering how natural and human geography and processes that have shaped them. Pupils are helped to understand the complex ways in which communities and societies are linked and to appreciate the diversity of people’s backgrounds.

Pupils are helped to understand society better, appreciating diversity, and creating positive relationships with shared values. We promote tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities. Pupils are encouraged to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in solid knowledge and understanding of current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.


Modern Foreign Languages

The MFL department promotes British values through the curriculum and our teaching methods. Lessons often contain pair-work, group or team activities, which enable pupils to develop their ability to work well with others. The programme of study develops in pupils an awareness of the cultures of France and Spain and other countries where French and Spanish are spoken. In addition it develops inter-cultural understanding and fosters respect for diversity within our own community and world-wide.