At Gaddesby Primary School we ensure our children have a wide range of experiences that not only enhance our curriculum offer, but prepare them for life beyond school.
Our school values, which are listed below, are at the core of everything we do.
PSHE and RSE Curriculum
Below is a summary of the key learning objectives for PSHE including Relationship and Sex Education lessons. Topics areas taught cover Relationship Education, Health and Well Being and Living in the Wider World. We have chosen the Twinkl Scheme of Work as we believe it meets the needs of our children’s learning and development. We incorporate other resources into our teaching as and when needed, to suit the needs of the learners.
To support our learning in PSHE each class also has a worry box that children can use at any point throughout the day to address individual needs that arise outside of our PSHE curriculum.
The area of British Values has been fully embedded into our school values and wider curriculum, as well as in more focused sessions in our PSHE and RE curriculums. We ensure our young people leave school prepared for the next stage of their education and, beyond that, life in modern Britain.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to it’s law.
The key values are:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
As a school we have celebrated this learning with our local community, with its ever increasing diversity, who have supported us with this. Below is a list of exciting events we have held so far this year to promote diversity:
- Diwali Day
- Queen’s Jubilee
- Life Education Bus
- Children in Need
Please see our school British Values Statement for more information. British Values Statement
School Council and Rights Respecting Curriculum
Children in our school council are supporting our whole school work on the UNICEF Rights Respecting Curriculum in order to achieve the award. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. As part of this, the children work with Mrs Ellis to ensure that the whole school community knows about the rights that every child is born with and to ensure that these right are being respected.
Emotional Literacy Support Assisstants (ELSAs)
We have qualified ELSAs at Gaddesby Primary who provide support for any of our children who are in need of some extra social and emotional health related support, including running groups such as Lego therapy. ELSA recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.
We offer a wide range of sporting opportunities at Gaddesby, both within lessons and as extra-curricular activities. We believe in developing children’s confidence and their ability to move through these opportunities and encouraging their enjoyment of an expanding range of sports. We use our sports curriculum to develop leadership skills (such as Year 6 Play Leaders) and ensure children are challenging themselves in preparation for their future roles.
We are very fortunate to have a forest school within our school grounds that all of our children get to enjoy. This begins with weekly sessions in our EYFS and continues to be use regularly in KS1. Our children in KS2 also use the site to further enhance certain topics and learning as and when it fits their curriculum.
Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Our outdoor space in EYFS and KS1 ensures that children are engaged in the world around them in their learning and transfer those skills across other areas of learning. Our older children also benefit from our school grounds, which consists of a large playing field, playground and climbing equipment. This is used for PE lessons, clubs and other fieldwork.
We are very proud of our extra-curricular music offer at Gaddesby. We have a variety of peripatetic music teachers, including tuition for guitar, keyboard, ukulele, clarinet and singing lessons. We have excellent uptake of these lessons with children from EYFS through to year 6 taking part.
Each year we have a choir, made up from children in KS2 who work towards performing in the Young Voices concert, as well as at other school events.
Before our children leave us, we ensure that they have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability. Bikeability cycle training equips children with vital life skills. Pupils not only learn to cycle, they gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing.
After Bikeability, children are better at responding to risk and report increased confidence. As a result, more children cycle to school which in turn improves mental health and wellbeing. This allows children to get more out of the classroom, improving their attention span and engagement. Healthier habits lead to increased attendance and improved academic results.
Our Year 6 children take part in Warning Zone every year. They are a Leicester based charity dedicated to teaching life-skills and safeguarding children. Their mission is to deliver life-saving messages to children aged 10-11, catching them on a key transition in their lives as they venture into secondary schools, where they will meet new friends and are introduced to new experiences. At this age, children are given more independence and will be responsible for their actions, behaviours and decisions they make; both in their day to day life and online.
At their state-of-the-art facility, we aim to educate young people on understanding risks, peer pressure, anti-social behaviour and consequences. With the Internet and online presence being so widely accessed from young age, their new E-Safety zone educates children on cyber-bullying, grooming, scammers and much more.
Life Education Bus
The Life Education Bus visits our school every year and provides education for all year groups. They use a best-practice, three-strand approach, addressing children’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. All workshops support the DfE statutory requirements for RSHE and are aligned with the National Curriculum.
Their approach is designed to give pupils a voice and for them to feel empowered, able to identify and articulate their needs and feelings and to make healthy choices. Harold, their healthy-living giraffe mascot, helps to convey these messages to children, within a magical learning environment. Children’s experience of Coram Life Education’s workshops is fun, engaging and memorable.