We offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that are planned for our pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of this curriculum. Phonics is taught rigorously using the Letters and Sounds programme.
We make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education to pupils at every key stage using local SACRE guidance.
As a maintained school in England we are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. Additional information about the curriculum in each academic year can be obtained from the school office. As the National Curriculum was new for 2014 and our mixed age classes mean we deliver the content through a 2 year rolling programme these plans are in development.
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
The long term planning for curriculum context is as follows:
This planning also makes provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). In preparing our children for life in the modern world, we use resources by 'Go-Givers', a spiritual, moral and cultural (SMSC) program to support our teaching of PSHE and Citizenship.
We teach our children about British values throughout the school year, taking advantage of events in the news and our curriculum to help them become modern citizens. The DfE has reinforced the 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’
At High Coniscliffe CE Primary school we have reflected on what ‘British Values’ means to us and agree that our mission statement and ethos encompasses and promotes all that is expected and to which we aspire everyday. We want our school community to be proud of, and value, where they come from and have a shared understanding of what it means to live and learn in Britain. We seek to nurture this in all we do and ensure that we actively promote mutual respect and value of every person. We believe our Christian mission leads us to understand British Values to be:
- Mutual respect and tolerance
- Individual Liberty
- Rule of Law
We endeavour to provide a rich curriculum and learning opportunities to enable all pupils to better understand and live according to the values of our nation and, therefore, contribute to our society and the world community as a whole. Moreover, in our caring, Christian community, we seek to nurture the spiritual and moral self in every individual, so that they can fulfil their true potential, valuing themselves and others, in all they do. Through prayer, school rules, worship, work, and play, we build upon our welcoming Christian ethos, promoting a culture of respect and love for people, from all backgrounds.
We do this by:
- Having a coherent set of school rules, with a clear consequence and reward system.
- Encouraging children to make decisions on a micro (self) and macro (whole class/school) level.
- Promoting a specific Christian value each term, giving children a focus of how to respect themselves and others.
- Charitable works, such as fundraising for different charities, chosen by the children, and contributing to national awareness days.
- Education about, and tolerance of, our own faith, and the faiths of others, with ‘real’ experiences and opportunities to explore religion and beliefs.
- Teaching the children to look after themselves and others through E-Safety, anti-racism and anti-bullying days.
- Opportunities to make democratic decisions, such as our School Council members and their election, in which all pupils vote for their representative.
- Making links with local PCSOs, police, firefighters, and other key figures in the community.
- Celebrating our British Heritage and other local historical events.
In this way, through celebration of diversity and promotion of respect for all, we believe our children value themselves, others, and the world around them, living out their own Christian vocation, as well as according to the values of principles of our nation.
Throughout the year, and embedded in all that we do, the children learn about Christian Values as part of our curriculum. These values are explicitly taught as part of our Collective Worship. Each half-term, we focus on a different Christian Value and each classroom displays this in their prayer space to give children the opportunity to explore the Christian Value alongside life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way.
Please see below for our Long Term Plan for Christian Values. You can then see which Christian Value that will be our focus each half-term.