Bolton School Junior Boys

Discovering British Values with Pop Project

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Pupils at the Junior Boys’ School were treated to a morning of music, learning and fun with Pop Project. Graham, Henry and Malcolm brought their instruments and a wide variety of props and costumes into school to help the boys learn more about Great Britain and British values.

After a musical introduction featuring The Beatles’ hit ‘Yellow Submarine’, Pop Project talked about how every person in the hall is different, but in some ways they are all the same as they have the same values, such as being honest and kind, trying their best, and being a good friend. They went on to introduce the British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Throughout the presentation, Pop Project explained each of these values, using relevant examples, such as the boys’ School Council for democracy. They also spoke about some Great Britons: people who have embodied the various British values, with the list ranging from Churchill to J K Rowling.

They interspersed learning about British values with more information about each of the different countries that make up Great Britain. The boys saw their classmates dressed up in the national costumes of Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England and found out how to say ‘good morning’ in their traditional languages. In addition, some volunteers were able to play instruments like the Welsh harp and the Scottish bagpipes. All of the boys enthusiastically joined in when they were taught the traditional dances from each country!

Pop Project of course also provided some great top-tapping hits, including ‘Love Train’, ‘Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘We Are Family’. The boys were able to sing along to these great pieces of music while also thinking about the important messages behind the lyrics.

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