Personal, Moral, Social & Cultural Development including Citizenship
Children begin to develop strengths in these areas in Reception and this is built on in Year One and Two. Being a good citizen and caring for other people and our surroundings are themes which permeate our school and the teaching we deliver. For example, all children participate in School Forums and have the opportunity to express their views on a range of topics including good behaviour, gender equality, keeping safe, and caring for others. The child’s voice is given further prominence in our Circle Time activities, where all contributions are valued.
We formalise our message of helping others at regular intervals throughout the year. So at our Harvest Service all children carry their own box of food into church and we are delighted to present these to the Archer Project, run by Sheffield Cathedral, to feed homeless people. All children and staff dress-up for Children In Need (Pudsey Bear) and Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) and donate money to these charities. We also nominate classroom and playground buddies to support new children as they become familiar with our school. Each week, two of the older children are responsible for unlocking the shed and getting playtime toys out and securing them again at the end of playtime.
We develop awareness of personal safety through regular events to promote road-safety and fire-safety. These are delivered by external professionals from the police and fire services. Online safety is being addressed through a new curriculum developed in 2016, which includes a focus day each half-term and regular reminders throughout the year. Our parents and Governors have experienced awareness-raising sessions regarding online behaviour and safety.
We teach traditional British values through local and National traditions. So we sell poppies and all children observe 2 minutes of silence whilst standing around the war memorial at 11.00am on 11th November. We learn the traditional version of The Lord’s Prayer, which we regard as a skill for later life. We take regard of special days such as Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Maundy Thursday (visitors have shown us their Maundy money and told us about meeting Queen Elizabeth II), Bonfire Night and well-dressing traditions.
We have comprehensive transition arrangements for Pre-School children preparing to enter school, and Year Two children transferring to their next school. These involve lengthy preparation, visits and experiences to ensure that all children are as prepared as they can be for the forthcoming move.
We set regular homework for all children with several clear intentions:
- To inform parents about their child’s learning and allow them to play an active role in sharing the learning journey.
- To give children the opportunity to practise and refine learning experienced in the classroom.
- To establish a work ethic which includes some homework as preparation for future schooling.
The homework we set is usually daily reading, a maths task once a fortnight, and additional topic work on an infrequent schedule. In response to a survey, the vast majority of parents felt that the amount of homework we set, and its level of challenge was about right for their child.
If a child is felt to have a specific difficulty with an aspect of learning, the classteacher will discuss this with parents and may provide additional work for parents to complete with their child. Any homework we set is intended to be enjoyable and not too onerous. Most children are keen to complete it and hand it in to their teacher.
Our intention is to educate the whole-child, so we provide many enrichment opportunities as part of our curriculum. These include many visitors coming into school, and several regular visits which we make to local venues outside school. These include stream dipping in Bradwell Brook, discovering nature at Bradwell Community Orchard, visiting local amenities such as the park, Peace Garden, MUGA and both churches. We have strong partnerships with our local community and enjoy a good reputation in the village.