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 Silver Rights Respecting School and the ethos can be clearly seen in every aspect of school life; each class have 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 Curriculum Intent

The Manchester SACRE agreed syllabus sets out the content for our RE curriculum. To extend and deepen our pupils religious understanding from EYFS to Year 6 we have celebration afternoons and global identity days. This enables the children to develop cultural awareness. We link with other schools in the locality and globally to develop global citizenship and respect of other religions. Through the Art in Heaven 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 celebrate many different celebrations 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 curriculum.


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.



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 9th 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.


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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999

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