At Dallington children develop a respect for their own cultures and beliefs and learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
We incorporate the thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development into our age-appropriate cross curricular topic work. We also provide equal and discrete focus to our PSHE (Personal Social Health and Economic) programme through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. We understand that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils. The subject aims to develop children’s resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing (including economic wellbeing) relationships and living in the wider world.
From September 2020, the relationships and health aspects of PSHE will be compulsory in all schools. With guidance from our partners at the PSHE Association we ensure that Dallington’s own PSHE programme reflects the needs of our pupils and community, thus curriculum content and expectations in all areas are adjusted for the age and ability of the children.
We explore beliefs, respect all faiths, feelings and values, and enjoy learning about ourselves and the surrounding world, through the use of our imagination, creativity and reflection. We support the children to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences, investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views. We also encourage our children to use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict and engage with the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and acceptance. Children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
In circle time, pupils are able to discuss issues or solve problems in a safe space. The social skills of sharing in a group, taking turns and joining in with other children, are encouraged. In addition pupils’ emotional health and mental wellbeing are paramount in our approach and a range of activities and events support the positive development of this extremely important area.
The children are given the opportunity to make choices and solve problems for themselves, adults support children’s ideas and use open-ended questions to encourage the generation of new ideas. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities, for example charity fundraising, planning of special school events such as assemblies, concerts and productions. The wider community is explored through our visiting speakers, for example doctors, architects, animators and representatives of charities and churches and religions.
We do not promote extremist or partisan political views, rather we offer pupils a fair and considered presentation with the intention of eliminating bias and encouraging balance.