We are a school community that has a growth mind-set and are excited to keep developing through the use of our learning powers and SMSC curriculum. Children’s personal, social and emotional development is considered to be of great importance at Palatine and is taught throughout the curriculum and embedded throughout the whole day. It gives pupils an opportunity to develop their personal qualities, skills and attributes and knowledge and understanding of others with the aim of enabling them to have a fulfilling and successful adulthood.
We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.
We recognise that this development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils. We support staff with a code of conduct to ensure all members of our tem know what is expected of them. We also offer many opportunities throughout the curriculum to explore different aspects of ‘British Values’ through a broad and balanced opportunities. We have also introduced a learning powers curriculum which covers many of these values.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of learning. We ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This ‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, signing, eye pointing or body language. We also use the latest technology to offer children ways of sharing their voice.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
We have an active School Council with representatives from all classes as well as a Head and deputy boy and girl who are voted for each year. Our school council meets regularly and will discuss issues that are raised within their classes as well as whole school issues. This year pupils have also taken part in school monitoring and feedback which has been successful.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. The student council developed, in conjunction with their peers, the Pupil Charter which is shared in all classes across the school.
Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predictable environment within the school and beyond. We support many pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; which in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to ideas or activities. Many of our pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes certain responsibilities. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning.
We support others by participating in charitable events such as Red Nose Day/Comic Relief and Children in Need, we also hold an annual ‘Dance/Wiggle’ day to raise funds for a charity who support us throughout the year. This helps children to have a sense of pride in what they are doing and allows them to see themselves as part of a wider community.
Our nurture groups and ‘time to talk’ programme allows children to monitor their feelings and request time to see a designated person. This fosters an independence to support children in recognising and managing feelings.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are appropriate to meet their individual needs. Within school, pupils work with a range of people and interactions with others are always positively promoted. This may include working with external coaches, theatre groups or therapists. The curriculum is personalised and planned with the child at the centre and may include transitioning within the range of resources and places on the site and going into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include community events and shared participation with other schools.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
We are part of a school and local community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.
Our assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong and our curriculum ensures coverage of many different faiths and beliefs.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. For example, pupils have visited many local places. As part of History topics children learn about British historical events. As a school, we take part in sporting activities, both in school and within the local community, which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and promote a ‘team spirit’.
Although some of our pupils may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and concerns; staff are attuned to changes in demeanour and well-being that may indicate anxiety. If they are concerned about a pupil our accepted practice links to the Child Protection Policy which entrusts a duty of care to all staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children.
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Palatine Primary School are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.
Our learning powers curriculum allows a carefully charted progression through skills that will support our pupils in all areas of life. They have been given child friendly descriptions and superhero personas to ensure children can be engaged and motivated in these areas.
Our PE curriculum promotes a healthy attitude towards ourselves and others. We instil children with the belief that they can participate in all activities and planning is adapted to meet the individual pupils. We offer a range of different activities including swimming, basketball, Boccia, gymnastics, dance and Rebound Therapy to motivate and engage children. There are also individualised programmes such as jump ahead available to support children in gaining in necessary skills to access the full range of the curriculum.
The children across our school develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build a resilience to overcome challenges as they arise. A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity. Children work individually and in groups.
The curriculum also allows children to learn about working in a team, helping others, healthy competitiveness and learning how to accept defeat. Children learn how to look after their bodies and keep themselves healthy in addition to greater independence skills of changing and dressing.
We promote inclusion in sports and games additionally by being involved in festivals and events organised by the WSSA (Worthing School, Sports Association) and SAD (Southern Area Disability). We compete against both mainstream and special schools in the area and ensure pupils from each age-range access at least one intra-school competition a year. We also have links with Oak Grove College whose sports leaders teach PE skills some of our pupils.
Palatine Primary Sports Premium 2016-17 Intended Impact
At Palatine Primary we offer on-site forest school activities with occasional off site visits to a woodland environment. This enables our pupils to feel safe and supported whilst developing the forest school skills through activities and experiences. Pupils develop a love and understanding of the outdoor environment, expand their confidence, self-esteem and social skills and learn to self-assess for risk and behaviour management. All of these are achieved by small tasks and planned activities which can be challenging but are always safe and controlled. Forest School is encouraging and inspiring, it grows confidence, imaginative, academic, physical and spiritual development. It gives self-worth and independence to all who take part. All pupils in the school have access to Forest school within small groups within a block. Groups will do regular sessions so that a progression of skills can be achieved. Each new task, tool or skill will be introduced at a level and time tailored to the child.