CURRICULUM & BRITISH VALUES
At Hallam Fields we want all children to Thrive. We aim to develop resilient and confident children by supporting them with their emotional and social development. We believe every child needs to feel valued and be equipped with skills to be proud and ambitious in order to succeed.
When we were reviewing our curriculum we felt as a school it was important for children to be able to transfer skills between year groups. With this in mind we have agreed as a school to carry out the same theme across the school each term so that the children can make connections easier. Some of the themes are connected to Britain, to the world or more local within Derbyshire. Throughout each theme we have ensured that we have embedded safeguarding, British Values and PSHE. We feel these are crucial to our children to enable them to;
show R esilience
show E mpathy
enthuse about E ducation
have the necessary S kills
As a school we have developed our use of Forest Schools over many years, ensuring all children experienced it in year three. From September 2019 we developed this across the school as we see the importance of our work in Forest Schools, not only for the skills and attitudes they develop but to support mental well being of children and staff. As a school who have embraced the Thrive Approach we have also ensured that we have a whole class Thrive Time each week where children develop social and emotional well being.
Over the year we will be adding our plans for each of the six terms for each year group to give an overview of what is being covered. This is underpinned by skills which are built on from year to year.
Click to download a copy of our Curriculum overview. In addition each term your child's class will send home an overview of what they are learning and copies of newsletters will inform you of any special curriculum or events days we are organising.
Additional information sheets are sent home at the start of each term by class teachers. Should you require any further information please speak to your child's teacher of the school office.
Teaching British Values
The DfE have 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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 prevent strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At Hallam Fields Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Every year the children elect a School Council following campaigns by the various candidates. There is also an Eco council which is elected annually. The children complete Pupil Questionnaires and are interviewed about specific subjects, with the aim of gathering their views on how subjects are taught. There are two termly art awards presented to children in upper and lower school, the winners have been decided upon by the pupils themselves. Class rules are drawn up in consultation with the children and there is a suggestion box where children can submit their ideas for improvement on a range of issues. The school motto “Growing together, Learning together, Achieving together” was devised in consultation with the children, following discussion about the kinds of words and phrases that the children found inspiring and which encapsulated the aims of the school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days and through school assemblies. The rule of law is established through the school and class rules, supported by codes of conduct that govern behaviour in all areas of the school. There is also a home school agreement that is signed by every family and all educational visits require a behaviour agreement to be signed by parents/carers. The school promotes the awareness of right and wrong through school assemblies and by teaching the rules that govern world religions. Visits from community police and road safety officers are organised to encourage individual responsibility and compliance with the rule of law.
At Hallam Fields Junior School pupils are given the freedom to make choices. These choices relate to participation in extra-curricular clubs and lunchtime activities, choice of challenge in lessons and choice of topic. Pupils are also able to choose jobs at school that are rewarded in the form of tokens. Individual choice and liberty are exercised in a safe and supportive environment, within appropriate boundaries, that allow personal freedoms to be balanced with school community needs. Pupils are made aware of their rights and personal freedoms and how to exercise them safely through e-safety and are encouraged to be considerate to others when making choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of our school community treat each other with respect. The school has embedded a culture of mutual respect through assemblies and in lessons and by promoting it on posters around the school. Staff have adopted the “fish” philosophy which embraces the principle of mutual respect at all times. Examples of how mutual respect is encouraged include peer assessments which are carried out in a constructive manner and our Rewards and Sanctions policy which endorses mutual respect as a key principle.
At Hallam Fields Junior School we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity. We do this by teaching a variety of world religions through the RE curriculum and by marking a range of religious events such as Diwali and Chinese New Year. We have multicultural displays around the school and organise visits to diverse places of worship. We also invite a cross-section of faith leaders to visit the school and take part in assemblies and lessons to broaden the children’s understanding and experience of world faiths and cultures.