Someries Infant School is proud to of its commitment to educating its pupils about the diverse world in which they are growing up. As part of its values-based edcuation curriculum, the school has developed a series of diversity teaching sequences which seeks to deliver learning opportunities linked to the Equality Act 2010 which enable children to understand the benefits of a diverse society that is celebrated and prepares them for life in modern Britain.
Through a progressive range of picture books, all children are taught about diversity. This includes all elements of The Equality Act, including race, religion, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.
The benefits of this approach to our pupils includes:
- Increased self-esteem from a feeling of belonging
- Resilience from knowing who they - and others - are
- Preparation for life in modern Britain
- Reduced potential for radicalisation
- A whole-school approach with difference and diversity celebrated throughout our harmonious school
The focus picture books we use to educate our pupils about diversity include:
And Tango Makes Three
Roy and Silo are two boy penguins who live in the zoo in New York's Central Park. They like to spend all their time together, and so just as the boy and girl penguins begin to build nests, so do Roy and Silo.
But then eggs start to appear in all the other nests, and Roy and Silo's nest remains empty. So the penguin keeper gets the idea to give them an egg that's not wanted by another couple.
This book explores the many possibilities of 'home'.
Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Morris has a great imagination. He paints amazing pictures and he loves his classroom’s dressing-up area, especially the tangerine dress. It reminds him of tigers, the sun and his mother’s hair.
The other children don’t understand – dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship his classmates are building – astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses.
My Name is not Refugee
One day, a mother tells her young son that they must say goodbye to their old friends and leave home. Their taps run dry, there is rubbish everywhere, and it's just not safe. They will have to walk a very long way.
On their journey, the little boy sees interesting new things and hears different languages. He sleeps in peculiar places and eats strange food. Sometimes it is exciting, but also scary and often very boring. When they reach a safe place to make a new home, the boy must remember that although children may call him Refugee, that is not his real name.
Strictly No Elephants
This is the story of a little boy who wants to participate in Pet Club Day, but he is excluded because his pet is an elephant and the club members say no elephants allowed.
When he meets another little girl that has been excluded from Pet Club Day because of her skunk, they decide to start their own club, where everyone is included.
Together, they prove that friends come in all shapes and sizes.
This is how we do it
Following the daily lives of seven children from around the world, the book explores the similarities and differences in childhoods in Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda and Russia.
The book is divided into sections such as ‘This is who I live with’ to ‘This is how I go to school’ and ‘This is how I spell my name’, with each child's experiences being shown.
This text successfully shows that - despite differences in culture and experience – there is a common theme of unity in our lives.
Julian is a Mermaid
Julian is out with his nana when he spots three women in lavish mermaid costumes and his imagination takes him beneath the waves to swim with a host of colourful fish.
Once home, he doesn’t want to let go of his dream so, when Nana leaves the room, he gets to work with a variety of soft furnishings until he becomes the most exotic mermaid ever. When Nana sees him, Julian is worried she might not be too happy but, in fact, Nana has a very special surprise up her sleeve.
This text successfully celebrates Julian’s individuality and creativity in a story of joy, acceptance and living your dreams.
Your can read some of the content of our diversity teaching sequences here:
And Tango Makes Three