Personal Development Curriculum

Personal Development Curriculum 

At Ashbury Meadow, personal development underpins all aspects of school life as we aim to develop well-rounded pupils who develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally and have opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ. Our curriculum includes development of pupils’ understanding of religious education, citizenship, equality and diversity, healthy living, British Values, career guidance and preparing our pupils for their next stage. This is taught through timetabled lessons, is threaded throughout the wider curriculum and through personal development themed days. As well as weekly Rights Respecting assemblies and keeping safe and moral values assemblies, we have weekly Personal, Social and Health Education lessons. Sex and Relationships Education is included in Healthy Living and is taught in an age-appropriate manner. We have created a whole school personal development award scheme to create a deepened understanding of pupils' responsibilities as citizens and to enable opportuntities to demonstrate and reflect upon their own personal development. 

Personal Development Curriculum Intent

From Years 1 to 6 pupils are encouraged to grow their personal development skills through using age specific logs, which are a fundamental part of our personal development curriculum.  We are a Gold Rights Respecting School and the ethos can be clearly seen in every aspect of school life; each class has a class charter, weekly rights assemblies, a whole school Rights Team and it is prominent in our behaviour policy.  This works in collaboration with our Growth Mindset Model which helps develops children resilience, self-esteem, confidence, determination and their thirst for challenge. The Pastoral Team in cohesion with the teaching staff target children with specific social, emotional or mental health needs through lunch-time interventions, friendships groups, resilience sessions and anger management to encourage them to develop their resilience and healthy minds. This is further supported by Commando Joe who comes in regularly to work with all children to develop key skills to enable them to become Rights Respecting global citizens. Pupils are given the opportunity to be involved with the direction of the schools ethos through the School Council, the Rights Team and Sports Leaders. The school regularly takes part in whole school themed days such as, LOTC, environmental, career and global days.

Religious Education and Worldviews Curriculum Intent

At Ashbury Meadow Primary school RE and Worldviews is delivered in line with our locally agreed syllabus Manchester SACRE and we use the Discovery RE programme as our scheme of work. We acknowledge that the nature of RE has changed over time and have this is reflected in the design of our long-term plan, which covers a combination of archaic and dharmic religions, as well as non-religious units and worldviews. This allows pupils to develop a broad and deep understanding of religion and non-religion, as a result, developing cultural awareness and supporting our pupils to become Rights Respecting Global Citizens.

By following Discovery RE at Ashbury Meadow Primary School we intend that Religious Education will:

  • adopt an enquiry- based approach beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion.
  • provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
  • enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
  • teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
  • prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
  • develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
  • nurture children’s own spiritual and personal development.

As a school we celebrate different cultures and religious/non-religious celebrations throughout the year. This has included Global Identify Day, celebration of Diwali, Chinese New Year and regular themed assemblies. Through the Spirited Arts competition pupils can express their perceptions of different beliefs and link RE to Art. Parents are encouraged to come into school and share knowledge with the pupils about their cultures and religion.

EYFS thread this throughout their curriculum and take part in many different celebrations (religious and non-religious) all year round. They learn about and showcase their work for this in weekly assemblies.

In order to ensure all pupils, develop their British values and understanding of religions, SEN support staff use Elkan strategies and a sensory approach to support pupils in accessing the RE and Worldviews curriculum.

PSHE

Throughout EYFS the children have a big focus on personal hygiene with posters and reminders for handwashing. This compliments the healthy living focus that is encouraged through a snack bar where the children are encouraged to make healthy choices. The staff use Coram SCARF to teach PSHE and they have a termly focus on the topic of ‘people who help us’. Children are continually encouraged to develop their independents with the inclusion of rainbow challenges. Children are also encouraged to explore active learning and risk taking through continuous outdoor provision.

From years 1 to 6 PSHE is taught using the Coram SCRAF scheme of work with the themes structured in a bespoke way to ensure that they link with our personal development logs and our long term plan. This is supplemented by a yearly visit from the Coram life bus which acts as a springboard to deepen knowledge of more sensitive issues. We use specialists such as ‘Young Money’ to develop pupil’s awareness of economic responsibility and life skills. Commando Joe visits the school regularly to develop social skills, resilience and problem solving. Further to this, we work with NSPCC school services to help promote healthy relationships with ourselves and others. We are Stonewall champions and promote healthy relationships as well as understanding differences.

 

CORAM LIFE EDUCATION 

Due to the restrictions children have faced over to COVID-19 and lockdown, Ashbury Meadow arranged a Coram Scarf week in September 2020 to help children deal the changes.

Harold the Giraffe came into each class, via Zoom, to help build on developing emotional resilience through recognising a range of feelings and practising using positive memories to help move on from difficult or unhappy feelings. It also gave children an opportunity to anticipate emotional difficulties (ie, feeling left out) and learnt how to mitigate these situations for themselves and others.

Children learnt about the wellbeing wheel and created a wellbeing rap which was a huge success.

Children in Year 3 showed off their rap proudly to Mrs Thomas, with one child saying 'when you make a mistake you can just try again, it doesn't matter'.

 

#HelloYellow Day 

 

Lockdown is having a devastating effect on children and young people’s mental health. It’s been unbelievably hard, but together, we can make a difference and show young people they are not alone.

On Friday 8th October thousands of schools, offices and community groups took part in #HelloYellow.

Ashbury Meadow pupils all came in wearing yellow and took part fun well-being and mental health activities over the afternoon. 

Dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat - let's show young people they're not alone with their mental health.

 

Please see related policies for further information.

  • Personal Development Team Policy 
  • RSE Policy
  • Positive Mental Health Policy 
  • SMSC Policy
  • Right Respecting School Policy
  • Beaviour Policy

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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
Manchester
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999
admin2@ashburymeadow.manchester.sch.uk

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