By community cohesion we mean working towards a society in which:
- There is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities.
- The diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued.
- Similar life opportunities are available to all.
- Strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.
We want our children to be prepared for life in modern Britain and the wider world .
At Ladycross, we have developed our ethos and curriculum to promote community cohesion and prepare children for life in Modern Britain. We want our children to grow up understanding the part they play in our society, both locally, nationally in modern Britain and globally. We have planned many activities and events to explore this theme. We want our children to respect other people and their differences, understand law and democracy, value other people and their customs and beliefs, be a part of a caring society through strong links with other groups of people, and to ensure that each child has similar life opportunities no matter what their background. See some of our provision below.
As a school
The Ethos and Vision support all children and families in an inclusive atmosphere.
Special Educational Needs – and removing barriers for all children to succeed.
Every Child Matters is embedded throughout school. Assemblies include community visitors and the scheme looks at different occasions from other religions – festivals such as Diwali.
Healthy Week – visitors from the community work with children, police, environmental workers, sustainable travel team, health professionals.
Images around school show diversity.
School sponsorship of a Child in Africa, elephant in India, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
School Choir visit residential care home to perform.
Children perform for assemblies and concerts.
In The Early Years
A ‘Festivals’ topic is planned
Chinese New year activities – food, stories, music
Multi-cultural clothes and stories
‘You and Me’ topic about diversity
Visit to the Chapel and meeting workers
Learning about Christianity – Christenings, Weddings and Festivals
African music activities
Stories in literacy from other cultures.
Learning about Diwali.
In Years 1 & 2
China topic in Y1
India topic in Y2
Studying Hinduism in Y2
Creation stories from other faiths – Y2 RE
Visiting the Hindu mandir – sweet tasting, wedding ceremony, diva lamps.
Ethel Swann and old fashioned toys, a local resident.
Studying Christianity and its rites and festivals.
Learning about Judaism and its beliefs an practices.
African drumming workshops.
Visits to the church as a place of worship.
A ‘Singing Cafe’ in Year 2.
A summer concert for parents and families.