Other Curriculum Areas
Outside of the Learning Challenge, children will participate in two PE lessons a week, one indoors and one outdoors, in which they will learn skills in various sports, gymnastics and dance.
Year 5 will also have an intensive two weeks of swimming using the Olympic facilities.
Spanish is taught through a targeted after school programme, taught by a Spanish speaking member of our teaching staff.
Year 3 and 4 children for whom English in their only language are invited to this club, to ensure that all children at Sheringham experience the joys of exploring another language, learning to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish. Other children who are interested in learning Spanish are welcome to join the club, or use Rosetta Stone at home to develop their knowledge of an additional language.
Children who are new to English spend some of their time learning British English through Rosetta Stone, an interactive computer program.
Promoting British Values at Sheringham Primary School
Democracy is embedded at the school.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. The children have many opportunities to refine this particular skill through regular class philosophy sessions. Pupils have their own voice and are able to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council. The elections of the School Council members and ‘Pupil Headteacher for the day’ are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting the British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. The Year 6 children produce presentations about a number of different charities in order to allow all the children to vote for the charity that their house team is going to support during the year.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced.
Our school has ‘Sheringham Rights’, which are deeply embedded in the children’s routines every day. Each class also discusses and votes in its own set of rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe environment. Our elected school council are involved in setting some of the school rules when appropriate, for example, they made they decision on whether ‘lume bands’ could be worn in school. Our behaviour policy, as well as promoting good behaviour and effort, also makes it clear that if responsibilities are not upheld, and rights infringed, then there are consequences. Our children are also taught that there are laws to protect us and when these laws are broken we are potentially putting ourselves in danger and could find ourselves in trouble.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge in maths or English; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is one of the values that drives our Trust motto – ‘Learning in Harmony’.
Through our use of Assessment for Learning, which randomly pairs learners, the children are taught to work in harmony with others regardless of whether there are differences in attainment or gender, for example. The respect for each other underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
Our core value of ‘Learning in Harmony’ and the respect that is shown towards others ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.
Sheringham Primary School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. and philosophy sessions and history studies (e.g. Why was the Islamic Civilisation known as the ‘Golden Age?) This is further enhanced through carefully planned educational visits and by welcoming visitors from outside the school. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
How we learn about the British Values
In additional to all of this, children at Sheringham have participated in special 'Why Weeks' focusing on the British Values.
Each year group focused on one of the values and then shared their learning with the rest of the school, through assemblies and the creation of displays in communal areas; see below for our current British Values displays.