Although PSHEE and Citizenship are no longer part of the primary curriculum, here at Victoria Road, we still endeavour to achieve the following aims and enable the children to:
We use a range of teaching and learning styles, placing an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, investigations and problem solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, the planning of school special events such as an assembly, Fair Trade events or an open evening, also involvement in an activity to help other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves.
We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussions to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules or behaviour. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.
The learning environment is regarded as crucial to the success of the ethos within the school. It is geared to support the learning through high quality Learning Walls and a variety of information around the classroom and school to support the children’s learning. Evidence of success is encouraged and expected. These include various certificates and awards across both key stages. We have successfully introduced a ‘financially’ motivated behaviour reward system called ‘Budos’ (for which we achieved the Healthy Child Quality Mark Gold award and Beacon school status). The achievements of the school and our endeavours in the community are recorded and displayed in the office corridor area. Year six children are given responsibilities across the school and given purple jumpers to give them a sense of personal achievement and status.
To support the children in the playground, particularly at dinnertime, a Play Leader is employed to support and develop the skills of the children during this ‘vulnerable’ time. This is a developing project. We also run a peer mediation programme during these times. There is a playground plan which is being phased in to improve the environment for the children.
We enable pupils to have access to the full range of activities involved in developing their skills in this subject area. Should children participate in activities outside the classroom, we carry out a risk assessment prior to the activity, to ensure that the activity is safe and appropriate for all pupils.
We aim to equip children and young people with the knowledge and skills to deal with a range issues they face as they grow up. It covers: