Saltdean Primary School

Saltdean
Primary School

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Our Golden Values and Ethos

At Saltdean, we want to develop polite, well-rounded and considerate citizens who are ready for the challenges of modern day life. Whilst we cover all aspects of SMSC and British Values, as outlined below, we also go above and beyond this to ensure that children have access to a range of opportunities, views, experiences and learning that will help them to become the best that they can be. 

Our 5 Golden Values are reflected across the whole school community.

  • I will always do my very best
  • I will allow others to be heard
  • I will be polite, friendly and helpful to everyone
  • I will always keep myself and others safe
  • I will take care of school equipment and respect the building

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) inc. British Values

Spiritual

  • Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

We are always looking for opportunities to help children to develop their spiritual understanding, whether this is through exploring their own ideas and beliefs or those of others. Celebrating achievement is a big part of our school life as we aim to develop healthy attitudes towards our learning as well as how we face challenges.

   

In achievement assemblies, we celebrate our learning throughout the week, our positive learning behaviours and achievements outside of school.

Class assemblies give us the opportunity to showcase our singing, dancing and acting talents. Our parents and carers have the opportunity to come in and watch us.

   

Our keen gardeners who work with Mrs Thorp in helping to create our beautiful outdoor environment.

Our weekly RE lessons, allow us to explore different beliefs and faiths.

 

Moral

  • Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
   

A local charity supports us in awarding the Community Star trophy each year to a child who has shown real community spirit.

Our Mini-Mentors are from Years 4, 5 and 6 and they work with children in KS1.

   

The children volunteered to help raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Research charity and had a cake sale.

We work with the local services as part of our Junior Neighbourhood Watch Club for Years 5 and 6.

 

Social

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

   

As part of our work with the NSPCC, the children had a fantastic time at our NSPCC Numbers Fun day.  

In celebration of ‘World Book day,’ we had a competition to decorate potatoes as our favourite characters.  

   

School Council- Each year we vote for 2 representatives from each class who attend regular meetings to share the views and opinions of their class.

First Aid training for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

 

Cultural

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

   

Year 5 children coaching the Y2 children after training in a Sports Leader Programme.

Examples of the work produced by children during our History Week based on our local area.

   

A visit from our link school in France.

Our Deans Cluster Olympic Event.

Trips and Visits

We really value school trips and visits as they not only bring learning to life but they also teach children important life lessons. Every year group goes on a variety of trips throughout the year. Below is just a sample of some of the trips the children took in 2015-2016.

Reception

   

Visits in the local community helped the children to learn about food and shopping.

As part of their ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ topic, the children visited Ashdown Forest to find Winne the Pooh!

Year 1

   

As part of their geography map and field work, Year 1 became treasure hunters by following a pirate map on Saltdean beach.  

As part of their farm topic, the children visited Blackberry Farm and loved learning about how to care for animals.

Year 2

   

Year 2 went back in time to find out about rich history of the Royal Pavillion and how Brighton became such a popular seaside town. 

As part of their work on Africa, Year 2 learnt traditional African dances and drumming.

Year 3

   

Year 3 further investigated rocks and their formation down at Saltdean Beach.

Year 3 loved their Stone Age trip to Devil’s Dyke where they had the opportunity to find out what life was like back in time.

Year 4

   

Year 4 celebrated their Roman day by acting out scenes with professional actors in role-play.

During their water topic, the children investigated the life forms supported by water and different water formations at Frog Firle Farm.

Year 5

   

A group of Y5 children were selected to attend a science day at Roedean where they took part in experiments and investigations around wind energy.

One of the most exciting trips in Year 5 is their visit to Drusillas in which they further study the rainforest environment and get up close and personal with some creatures!

 Year 6

   

One of the highlights of Year 6 is the residential trip to PGL in which the children challenge themselves in outdoor activities such as tunnelling, abseiling and rafting.

To develop team work and co-operation skills, Year 6 visited the newly opened Outdoor Project Centre and learnt survival skills.

Saltdean Values

All schools are required to promote and embed British Values in their teaching of SMSC. At Saltdean, we believe that these values are fundamental in ensuring that our children leave our school as kind, polite and active members of society. 

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and Acceptance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and for those without faiths

These values are part of our everyday teaching and life at Saltdean such as:

Democracy

The children learn about democracy explicitly as part of the process to elect our school council. Children make a speech to their class about the qualities they possess that would make them an ideal candidate. All children then have the opportunity to vote for their choice. 

These children represent their class throughout the year in important decision making processes.

 The Rule of Law

It is important that children understand why laws are important. This understanding ties closely with children's understanding of why we have school rules and class rules. When asked in an assembly why we have rules, a child explained that if we didn't it would 'chaos'. 

The children decide at the start of the year their class rules. During these discussions, the children talk about rights and responsibilities.

 Individual Liberty

Throughout their time in school, children are continually given opportunities to make decisions in a safe and secure environment. As a school, we educate them in how to keep themselves safe such as through e-safety, anti-bullying week and PSHE.

Mutual Respect and Acceptance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and for those without faiths

At Saltdean, we love to find out about and celebrate different faiths, especially those that are present in our school. We enjoy looking at the different ways people can show their faith and we especially like finding out about their celebrations. 

Mutual respect is at the heart of our Golden Values and is evident as you walk around our school, from the greetings to each other and the manners that are displayed.

 At Saltdean Primary, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.