We aim to provide all pupils with a personal, social and health education, appropriate to their individual needs, which will also extend and develop their interests and abilities, as they become responsible citizens.
Our school ethos reflects the five outcomes of the ‘Every Child Matters’ strategy
Children and young people have told us that five outcomes are key to well-being in childhood and later life – being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being’
Every Child Matters - Change for Children
We aim to provide all pupils with Relationship and Sex Education appropriate to their age, identified needs, to help them and support them through their physical, emotional, moral, spiritual, cultural and mental development.
The policy is based on the DFE Updated Relationships and Sex Education Guidance to schools 2010.
‘Effective RSE is important to ensure that children grow up able to enjoy the positive benefits of loving, rewarding and responsible relationships, to be informed, comfortable with the changes during puberty, sexually healthy and are emotionally safe. Schools provide safe place for children and young people to make sense of the information they have picked up from the media and also playground myths’
DFE Updated Sex and Realtionships Education Guidance to schools 2010 Section 1.
Religious Education is concerned with spiritual growth, with feelings and attitudes such as respect, care and concern, a commitment to a set of values to live by, considering the views of others, respecting those that hold different beliefs and customs, developing a sense of self worth, and a desire to seek after truth.
In our school, children, parents and staff hold a wide variety of beliefs and values, but there are common shared values that are of worth and relevance. It is these we seek to reflect and celebrate.
Religious Education at Manor Park Primary Academy provides educational experiences, which will enhance pupils understanding and enable them to acquire and develop knowledge of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Sikhism and an awareness of other principal religions reflected in the school community.
We help children gain an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the way people live so that they can have reasoned and informed attitudes to religious and moral issues and show positive attitudes towards others as they live in a religiously diverse society.
Real PE is completed every term, each time focusing on a different skill. It is a child-centred approach that is used for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. It is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.
The six areas that are worked on are below, each one having a focus for a half term:
2) Cognitive3) Health and Fitness
P4C is an approach to develop children’s thinking skills by being able to think for themselves. It allows them to articulate their thinking with their peers and to work collaboratively and creatively. It allows them to be critical and gives them the skills to respectively agree or disagree with their peers, be open minded and allows for reasoning and reasonableness both inside and outside the classroom. It promotes children being able to “learn how to learn” by creating their own questions and lines of enquiry which allow the teacher to be a facilitator in their learning journey. Keeping the main focus in mind that there is no wrong answer and everybody’s opinion is valued and respected.
As per our schools motto; ‘Confident children enjoying learning,’ the teaching of P4C encourages children to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. The aim of P4C is:
- To help children to children develop into creative, critical and effective thinkers by taking responsibility for their own learning and providing practical ways of developing good thinking, questioning and communication skills.
- To create a caring classroom environment where children listen to each with respect and open mindedness.
- To encourage children to challenge and explore beliefs respectfully and to develop their own views and experiences and understand that it is ok to disagree with each other.
- To improve independence and behaviour by developing a caring attitude to their peers.
- To develop higher levels of self-esteem.
- To be able to think critically and creatively and to develop morally and socially.
- To have quite moments, thinking time and time for reflection.