Our Personal Development Learning Jigsaw
Our motto Let it Shine, is representative of the whole school community. Our inspiration comes from Matthew 5:14-16; each and every one of us will shine in our unique ways and will be equipped with the gifts to bring light to the world, so that we can all ‘live life in all its fullness’. Regardless of how we identify, and which journey our lives will take, we are all mirrored in this vision.
Our Vision threads through all aspects of school life; for us, SHINE means:
Support each other to grow; Help one another to achieve; Inspire life-long learners; Nurture our uniqueness and Encourage through Christian Values.
The below pictorial representation of this Vision (designed by a school parent) depicts the rays of light as the special gifts that the school provides; gifts that will allow us all to flourish in our unique ways, in all aspects of life, to live abundantly. Every person in our school community is a child of God, and at the heart of our Christian Distinctiveness, is an upholding of the worth of each person – made in the image of God – and are loved unconditionally by God. Children feel valued and recognised at All Saints' and this enables them to thrive.
Picture News - where we learn about current affairs
We provide our children with engaging and exciting Picture News lessons which ensure our children have opportunities to learn about our world, develop independence, resilience, respect and unlock their own drive and passion for learning. Teaching the news not only provides great content and stimulus, it grips the children’s attention, it is also a way that the children can make an impact. It is current, happening now and so their voice is given meaning and purpose. It is our world and we all matter. We believe in giving children a voice and encourage them to use it to impact things they are inspired by or feel passionately about.
To find out what we have covered in the autumn term please click below.
To find out what we have covered in the spring term please click below.
Picture News sessions enable our children to have the opportunity to be reflective about their own beliefs and their perspective on life, to develop their own sense of right and wrong whilst listening to the views of other children and the teachers in their classroom. They can offer their own reasoned views and investigate world issues whilst establishing their own moral compass.
Our Personal Health Social Citizenship Education (PHSCE) and Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum (RSE)
Our curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of all our pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by adapting teaching and learning to suit all children and all abilities. We ensure that our curriculum fosters gender equality and LGBT+ equality by ensuring the quality of an inclusive and diverse curriculum. Our teachers have the freedom to design their long term plans to suit the needs of their class looking at PSHCE links throughout the whole school curriculum. Through our PSHCE education, we teach pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, to manage their lives, now and in the future.
We use the CORAM SCARF syllabus which is evidence-based, interactive, has creative methods and resources to stimulate curiosity and imagination amongst children and helps them make healthy choices. The curriculum was determined following consultation with stakeholders in 2019-20. The SCARF whole-school approach supports in the promotion of positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement and includes the Relationships Education and Health Education statutory requirements.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)
Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Here are some examples:
- Hand To Mouth - these are creative and innovative learning opportunities which are informed by our RE Curriculum. The children take reflective Journeys which are based on interactive storytelling and craft activities
- SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and cultural) Grid Maker - we track all of our activities to ensure that we support our children with all areas of SMSC
- We have strong links to All Saints' church and work closely with our Vicar, Rev Jen to relate our activities to faith.
- Links with Ravenscliffe Special School
- RE Curriculum – Understanding Christianity alongside world faiths
- Open the Book (OtB) - we regularly experience key Bible stories told by a team of Christians from our church, who present the stories during collective worship.
- Visits to places of worship – covering the six major world religions
- Visitors and events in school, e.g. for Passover, Diwali
- Magic Tenner – PTA Event. Children are given £10 to become entrepreneurs and raise money for their courageous advocates class charity
- Responding to recent events in the news, e.g. Australian fires, Manchester bombing, the India Covid Crisis
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We have a strong focus on mental health and wellbeing which includes all of our whole All Saints' family and we are passionate about our endeavor to provide the children with a mental health and wellbeing tool kit which they can use throughout their time at All Saints' and take this with them into adult life.
We have introduced a new programme called ‘Seeds of Happiness’ to support the well being and mental health of our pupils. The ‘Seeds of Happiness’ is a fun and engaging learning opportunity, introducing our children to the science of happiness. The children are learning how they can positively impact their own happiness levels by the actions they take and also how to influence the happiness of others . Each lesson contains ‘missions’ for the children and teacher to carry out, where they take practical steps to improve their wellbeing.
The training involves six sessions that are taught within the school day. We then use the ‘Seeds of Happiness’ theory and techniques and embed this in our daily practice.
.Here are some examples of how we support mental health:
- Mental Health support worker from Northpoint Calderdale in residence - This is a service that works directly with our school to provide direct clinical interventions as well as support to school staff to develop their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. The team provide training, advice and referral guidance to school staff and parents/carers.
- Enrichment: extensive range of after school clubs, karate, drama, dance, art, sports clubs
- Adult sports Leader at lunchtime and pupil sports leader training programme
- New sports introduced, e.g. Reception golf trip, Year 4 crown green bowling (intergenerational project)
- CORUM Life Education - Healthy Living Caravan visits to school
- Flat Stanley First Aid training
- Parent Anxiety training with CAMHs
- Educational Psychologist linked to school
- COVID recovery plan
We deliver our character education using 3 routes:
- Character Taught: integrated within the curriculum, PSHE programme, assemblies including excellent staff training to develop confidence, skills and commitment.
- Character Caught: modelled character, staff responsibilities, relationships and social interactions, compassion and kindness in abundance. We see the quality of communication as being paramount. The value of a smile, good manners and positive body language are really important to us.
- Character Sought: We give children opportunities to actively develop character by giving them opportunities to challenge themselves – working with the community, collaboration, leadership (Junior leadership, SHINE team, House Captains, Rainbow Buddies, Eco Warriors and Gardening Friends).
Here are some examples:
- Focus on a positive Growth Mindset throughout school
- Our school behaviour promise - we work as a team to promote kindness, good communication and a calm learning environment
- Positive praise and rewards for a variety of learning behaviours
- Opportunities for leadership – JLT, SHINE Team etc
- Bespoke PSHE curriculum, e.g. Marvellous Me, Inspiring Others
- Positive body image focus sessions
- Focus on oracy in teaching of English
- ‘Debate statement’ within the foundation curriculum
- Performances and Public Speaking competition
- Elections voted in democratic way
- Sporting opportunities and competitions organised locally and nationally
- Musician in Residence allowing children to develop new instrumental skills
- Inter-generational support e.g. Dementia Choir, visits to care homes, charity organisations and hospitals
- Autism Awareness Day, Dyslexia Awareness, celebrating difference.
- School’s Linking Network where we visit school within our community which are demographically different to our own
- Stonewall Bronze Award and LGBT Week
- School Vision: Let it shine and let our light shine for others.
We believe that our children can have a powerful voice and we encourage and support them to make that voice heard. We believe that they have the power to make really positive changes, particularly when it comes to embracing diversity, the environment and caring for our world, and that their passion and commitment are fundamental to making lasting and sustainable changes for the better. We call this "courageous advocacy": being brave enough to speak out and speak up and to challenge society to make things better. This is an integral part of living out our vision and ethos in our school, thinking and acting in a way that we know Jesus would want us to.
Here are some examples:
- Class Charity - each class has chosen their own charity and made a plan about how they can use their voice to raise awareness and fundraise
- Radio 4 opportunity to speak out against online fraud
- Local area campaign about dog fouling
- BRAKE Walk – campaigning for safe driving around school
- All Saints’ Church Welcome Garden
- Reindeer Run for Overgate Hospice
- Mothershare Christmas boxes
- Fundraising for issues linked to school – Alder Hey, Overgate hospice, Jeans 4 Genes
- PSHE Curriculum – One World Week
At All Saints' we recognise the importance of developing children's skills outside those linked with academic subjects. We therefore promote Fundamental British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Fundamental British values are recognised as Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs, Democracy and The Rule of Law.
Our assemblies relate to each of the Fundamental British Values along with our Picture News sessions and are enhanced by other activities across the school. We democratically elect the School Junior Leadership Team to develop children's understanding of this important process. We have ensured that our curriculum includes learning relating to different faiths and beliefs including visits in person and virtually to a range of local places of worship. We encourage children to appreciate that we are all unique and often remind children that 'It's okay to be different'. We teach children about historic events which did not allow for individual liberty and compare to the present day. Our behaviour system relates directly to positive behaviour and our vision and values and develops their understanding of the Rule of Law.
We are proud of the work that we do to promote all values and collate photographs and pieces of work in our worship diaries and PHSCE books which can be found on display within class.
Here are some examples:
- PREVENT staff training and children’s assembly
- Democratic votes to elect our Junior leadership team
- Pupil Voice to allow children to make choices and inspire change. e.g. Children’s involvements in creating the school vision and behaviour strategy
- PSHE Curriculum celebrating diversity, global citizens
- Black History Month, LGBTQ week
- Stonewall Award – ‘Different Families, Same Love’
- Child-led assemblies about themes important to them
- Pupil Voice to allow children to make choices and inspire change.