PSHE and Citizenship
All Saints teaches social, moral, cultural and spiritual education (SMSC) through PSHE lessons, assemblies and through our curriculum. We follow the SEAL units of work and also teach citizenship and ensure that our children are ready for life in modern Britain. All Saints teaches social, moral, cultural and spiritual education (SMSC) through PSHE lessons, assemblies and through our curriculum. We follow the SEAL units of work and also teach citizenship and ensure that our children are ready for life in modern Britain. We hold regular theme weeks in order to explore aspects of the curriculum. Our Spring term week was a celebration of our 50th birthday, with a party for children, staff, parents and governors. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to see the article in the newspaper.
TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at All Saints Primary School and Nursery
DFe guidance reminds schools that they need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At All Saints these values are an integral part of the curriculum:
Each year the children stand for school council and have to give a speech to explain their reasoning. The children are then voted for. The council meets every month with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in council meetings. They have also undertaken learning walks of the school, giving feedback to staff and children. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, at class, school and national level, are regularly taught at All Saints.
All pupils are taught the Golden Rules of the school. (Children and Adults respect everyone and everything). Each class also agrees their own set of rules each September. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Magistrates Service help to reinforce this message.
At All Saints, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons, and our Healthy Relationships project in Year 5. A debating society is being set up for Summer term 2015.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Our school values, as voted for by all stakeholders, are friendship, fellowship, and hope. Children learn that their behaviors have an effect on their own rights and those of others. The dangers of joining gangs, or joining websites which are aimed at belittling other people are covered in our PSHE and esafety lessons. All members of the school community treat each other with respect, which is the keyword in our Golden Rules. Our behavior policy also sets out everybody’s rights and responsibilities.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
All Saints is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Our free ESOL classes for parents illustrate our commitment to supporting our diverse school community. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school, including parents in Early Years coming in to share a rhyme or story in their home language. Our Eid and Easter assemblies are written and presented by pupils, teaching others about their beliefs. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.