Who Do We Want Our Pupils To Be?
(PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - P.D)
By committing to our vision and values, we aim to create children who will:
· be competent and confident in their self
· act with integrity and spirit
· be ready to take responsibility; to support and nurture others
· be fascinated by the natural world
· be intrigued by our attempts to manipulate the world
· recognise human achievements and failings
· enjoy the creative, sporting, cultural and innovative
· appreciate cultures, sensitivities and orientations
· be qualified to take on the next stage of their learning
· be fuelled with a desire to learn
Our P.D curriculum focuses on: character development; building resilience and aspiration; recognising our power to influence change.
WHAT are we aiming for?
HOW do we achieve this?
Our PSHE curriculum aims to create children who:
understand how important, valued and loved we are
understand how to love, respect and treat others
can express and control their own emotions
can forgive to restore relationships
are self-assured and proud of their own individuality
are resilient and have strategies to deal with everyday situations
understand how to keep healthy & safe in the modern world
At Forsbrook, we believe that a child’s personal development is the most important element of their education experience. This is highlighted through our school’s vision & values. Therefore, this is at the heart of everything that we do.
Our PSHE curriculum (including SMSC, RSE & Health education) is taught as a weekly lesson using the scheme ‘HeartSmart’ as a stimulus for discussion and debate.
Our ‘HeartSmart’ curriculum covers six areas over six half terms:
1. Get HeartSmart
2. Don’t forget to let love in!
3. Too much selfie isn’t healthy!
4. Don’t rub it in, rub it out!
5. Fake is a mistake!
6. ‘No way through’ isn’t true!
These themes run alongside themes that occur due to our own school context and are enhanced by special events and days, which are often linked to charity work.
These themes are also embedded across the curriculum and during non-curriculum time where necessary. We enhance themes taught using the two buzz words ‘HeartSmart’ and ‘MindKind’ and use these as a reminder to look after our hearts and minds. This is also enhanced through collective worship and the teaching of R.E.
Our PSHE curriculum is also linked to areas such as P.E, Science and Computing where children learn about health & fitness and online safety.
Our STEM curriculum aims to create children who:
can make connections between the different skill-sets in science, technology, engineering and maths
can apply STEM-skills to real-life projects
have an awareness of potential future STEM-based careers
have high aspirations within our modern world
Our STEM curriculum is project based and gives children opportunities to link learning in science, technology, engineering and maths. During these projects, children are given a brief and use taught skills in these subjects to design and create products. We currently work alongside Staffordshire university to deliver these projects and are looking to work internationally in the future. We aim to deliver one project per year group from Year 3 to Year 6.
We also give opportunities for children to take part in STEM projects in extra-curricular time. This is currently the ‘Goblin Car’ project.
Our SUSTAINABILITY curriculum aims to create children who:
have a genuine care for our world
are environmentally aware
are passionate and pro-active in bringing about positive change
Our Sustainability curriculum is embedded within our creative curriculum. Each year group from Reception to Year 6 focus on sustainability in one of their topics. This is structured as a spiral curriculum and focuses on three main areas:
2. Endangered Animals
Our Sustainability curriculum is also enhanced through visitor assemblies and our eco committee, who use non-curriculum time to care for our school. These children also promote sustainability through their monthly magazine ‘Earth Matters’.