Dare to be Different Day 2023 - Anti-bullying Week
After all our work on understanding what bullying is, considering how our words and actions can positively and negatively affect ourselves and others as well as what to do and how to speak up if you experience bullying, we ended our week daring to be different! We all came to school dressed in a way that showed everyone all the many ways we are all special, unique and proud to be ourselves, we really wanted to make some noise about how boring life would be if we were all the same!
Remembrance Day 2023
This morning, Mr Kenyon, Mrs Muncaster and our head and vice boys and girls visited the Cenotaph to lay our poppy wreaths to pay our respects to the soldiers who fought bravely in the wars. We will remember them
At Holy Trinity CE School we believe that PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Holy Trinity CE is a HeartSmart School.
We value and reflect British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We recognise the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and wider school community and encourage our pupils to live and learn through our school values of love, compassion and respect.
The Department for Education states that all schools should promote fundamental British values. The definition of these British values is taken from the Home Office’s Prevent Strategy and are defined as:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process.
- The rule of law:
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England.
- Individual liberty:
- Support for equality of opportunity for all.
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religions and other beliefs.
At our school, we value and reflect British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We recognise the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and wider school community and encourage our pupils to live and learn through our school values of love, compassion and respect.
In response to recommendations from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), British values are not taught as individual lessons, but are embodied within the ethos and culture of our school and reflected within our School Mission Statement and Golden Rules, which are there for the benefit of everyone within our school community.
At the Holy Trinity school we actively promote British values in the following ways:
- Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires, pupil surveys and curriculum focus groups/ deep dives
- Children vote for: school council representatives, librarians, Junior Church Council (Y2 and up) Reading Ambassadors, Math Ambassadors house captains (and vice house captain, who all have a range of responsibilities across school/
- Children in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 vote daily for the end of day home time story.
The rule of law:
- The ‘Golden rules’ and ‘Golden playground rules’ are integral to the learning ethos and are regularly promoted through assemblies and PSHCE
- The Behaviour policy has clear rewards and sanctions, supporting children to understand choices and consequences and take responsibility for their actions.
- Our PSHCE curriculum also covers: creating class charters, learning about communities and caring for our environment, learning about cooperation, political systems of democracy and dictatorship, elections and voting, government and parliament, local government and charities
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and enjoy visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance of any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff, parents and carers
- Play Leaders in the playground help to resolve conflicts and encourage the understanding and following of school rules
- Sports leaders promote active playtimes and encourage and promote positive playground behaviour
- E-safety is taught as part of the Computing curriculum and regularly explored through assemblies. Online Safety Day is featured yearly.
- Pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment
- Pupils can attend a social group with a teaching assistant trained in emotional literacy
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through our Heart Smart programme, Learning Certainties and classroom circle times
- Through our HeartSmart programme, and our before school FIrst Aid club, children are taught basic first aid/ All these children and all staff are also De-fib trained. how to deal with an emergency.
- Our behaviour policy encourages pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, discusses fairness and reinforces the importance of making the right choices
- Respect is one of the core values of our school and pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone. Pupils are helped to understand and respect their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Children refer to our school values of love, compassion and respect in their daily school life at throughout their education at Holy Trinity.
- A clear Anti-Bullying Policy is in place and a strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school through assemblies, PSHCE, circle time, workshops and theatre performances. Any form of bullying is challenged and addressed and all incidents are recorded
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHCE lessons.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. School Council, Junior Church Council, Librarians, Maths and Reading Ambassadors, Sports Leaders, Lunchtime Helpers, etc.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:
Our R.E whole school scheme (Manchester Diocese) ensures that all children learn about Christianity but also other faiths, with teaching sequences considering and comparing other faiths, as well as units of work teaching children about different faiths. Whole school RE weeks have been introduce to help children consider key questions such as 'What is it like to be a Muslim?' (KS1) with KS2 studying faiths such as Sikhism and Judaism. Members of staff and children of other faiths also helped us learn about these faiths, sharing their Holy Books and discussing their faith. School is also planning on re-establishing links with local Mosques and Synagogue this year.
Our up dated policies to reflect the recent change to this subject to incorporate Relationships education becoming statutory within the National Curriculum can be found on the Policies here.
HeartSmart is a creative approach to build character, emotional health and resilience in children. Equipping children with foundational principles and skills that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievement, at Holy Trinity, we want every child to know that they are loved, valued and cared for. We recognise the value of educating the heart alongside educating the mind. Our PSHE curriculum is linked with our Christian values, our sex and relationship education (SRE) and pastoral care programme. The vision for students, staff and others linked to our school is to always look to achieve our personal best in every aspect of school life. PSHE is a subject that is at the core of everything we do and linked closely to our 7 Christian Values and is reflective of our Whole School Ethos. More information regarding the teaching of RE can be found here.
We actively encourage children to speak about and share their opinions with talk partners, in groups and in whole class discussions and their opinions about our curriculum and the topics they have learnt in school and what they would like to see more of are frequently reviewed through end of term questionnaires that are led and organised by our School Council.
Our school is one where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best.
- All staff in school strive to embed our 7 Christian Values not only in our RE specific lessons but also within the whole school day, especially ensuring that links to how Christians should treat others is referred to in all PSHCE lessons. The Heartsmart scheme of work always facilitates this by making references to Bible Quotes and our Christian themes are constantly explored and discussed in both whole school and class worship.
- Our school is welcoming, inclusive, has a real community feel and is a place where everyone is valued.
- Our pupils and staff treat each other equitably, fairly, with kindness and with mutual respect. At all times, staff and pupils are encouraged to show a high regard for the needs and feelings of others through their actions and words. Staff strive to be good role models with regards to personal relationships within their class and whole school teams.
- Our pupils and staff are enterprising and approach challenges with a ‘can-do’ attitude. We promote a growth mindset: this is supported through our ‘HeartSmart’ PSHE scheme of work which is delivered weekly from Reception – year 6.
- The needs and interests of all pupils, irrespective of gender, culture, ability or aptitude, will be promoted through the HeartSmart scheme of work. Equality is embedded into everything that we do.
A full overview of the Intent, Implementation and Impact of our PSHE Curriculum is within the document below:
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement 2023-24
At Holy Trinity, we follow and use the Heartsmart curriculum and this is also linked closely to our Christian values and faith teaching. Our work is progressive and aims to provide children with a range of activities to help them develop the skills they need to succeed in life as well as meeting the intended end of KS2 objectives by the end of their time in school. A detailed progression grid of these units of work as well as Year Specific coverage of learning objectives can be found here:
Whilst we follow and use the Heartsmart curriculum in our school, we also aim to embed British Values, Spiritual, Moral and Cultural understanding within many aspects of our daily teaching across the curriculum and the experiences we offer our children. Here is our SMSC grid for this academic year, which provides more detail on how we do this across our school:
UPCOMING CHARITY DATES FOR DIARY:
School Harvest Festival in Church - Wednesday 27th September
Rochdale Foodbank Harvest Collection - thank you for all the generous food donations as part of our Harvest festival in church, it was lovely to see us all reaching out and helping people in our local area.
Upcoming Charity days Autumn 1 2023
- Wear it Pink Day 20th October - Friday 20th October is Wear it Pink day to help add to the total funds made across Littleborough in aid of Breast Cancer, a charity that is very close to our hearts for many reasons. We will be having a non-uniform day where children and staff are invited to wear something pink, or whatever they want! We will also be holding a bake sale at playtime with lots of yummy treats for under 50p! All donations will be greatly appreciated!
Check out some of our charity day photographs on our school charity page here. Details of this year's Wear it Pink Day 2023 have been sent out last and we'll have more photos to show you soon!
A massive thank you to all our families for your generous donations last year, especially towards the Ukraine and Turkey disaster food, through our non-uniform days, bake sales and the fantastic fund-raising from some of our Year 5s who were so affected by what had happened and how much these countries needed help they baked cakes and other goodies and raised an extra £258, bringing our overall total donation to this charity to £1,000! Well done everyone and a special thank you to Tia, Henry, Luca and Martha!
King Charles' Coronation tea party 5th May 2023
The children in school had a wonderful day in school yesterday, creating fantastic art work in class and having a delicious tea party lunch thanks to our wonderful cook Donna and all the kind and helpful dinner ladies! We were also very excited to learn about what will happen at the Royal Ceremony and have enjoyed learning more about this historical event in our classes too!
All of our classes also worked very hard to produce some Coronation inspired art work to celebrate this very important day in British History.
HERE'S WHAT WE DO IN CLASS:
In all classes, we use a range of different approaches and activities to explore this area of the curriculum. We use circle time, group discussions, role play,. drama alongside written activities and specific days centred around themes such as Anti-bullying week and charity days to explore our learning and use PSHCE books and use scrapbooks to record our more practical activities that are displayed within our classrooms. Here is a sample of some of the brilliant work being done in school this half term:
Children’s Mental Health Week