Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural/British Values Provision at Bush Hill Park
At Bush Hill Park Primary School, we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community. We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We recognise the multicultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role that schools play in promoting these values. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
Support for the equality and opportunity for all
Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
Respect and tolerance of different faiths and religions and other beliefs.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
Whole School Provision at
Bush Hill Park School
Entry points to IPC topics
School trips and experiences
Assemblies and reflections
School Behaviour Policy
Recycling within school
Collaborative Learning and tasks in lessons
Visits from the Rotary Club
Participation in cultural events
Learning around current affairs and world events
Pupil voice in books and questionnaires
Elections of school council class representatives
Feedback to Senior Leadership Team from School Council
Assemblies with a focus on democracy
Discussion of current affairs e.g elections
Pupil Learning Walks with members of SLT
Participation in Debating events within Local Authority
Rule of Law
Behaviour policy and code of conduct
Behaviour charts in class
Visits from the local police and fire service
Assemblies with a focus on rules and laws
Bikeabilty and Scooter training/road safety laws
Year 6 pupils attend Junior Citizens Event
Pupils are taught about online safety and personal safety
Focus on freedom and rights of the child
Pupils are taught how to exercise their individual freedoms safely through anti-bullying week, assemblies, workshops and PSHE lessons
The school values
Positive behaviour system
IPC Values promote respect and
Black History Week events and lessons
Tolerance of different
faiths and beliefs
RE teaching and learning
Visits to places of worship (Mosque/Church)
In school celebrations of different festivals e.g Diwali
PE at Bush Hill Park aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.
It is our aim to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Pupils at Bush Hill Park Primary School participate in twice weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports led by expert sports coaches who ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. Teachers work alongside our in-house sports coaches to develop their own knowledge and strength in delivery.
We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events both inter and outer borough. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
We make effective and resourceful use of our sports premium budget to inspire and motivate all pupils to enjoy physical education, whether through sports, gymnastics or dance. We conduct our annual sports day at Lea Valley Olympic centre and this is a proud event that all children look forward to!
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Bush Hill Park, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of your own health and fitness. We aim to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
At Bush Hill Park, we recognise the importance of science in developing children’s understanding of the world around them. Our principal aims are to provide all children with positive and enjoyable scientific experiences, and to deliver the knowledge, skills, and motivation to allow them to make good progress. We intend for our pupils to develop an appreciation of the value of science in their everyday lives, and for them to be able to engage with scientific opportunities and experiences they encounter now and in the future.
We aim to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and to enable every child the opportunity to develop skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We have been building a Science curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge whilst enabling children to become enquiry-based learners.
In order to achieve this, the primary emphasis of our Science lessons is to foster children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for scientific concepts. In lessons, we motivate pupils to ask questions, and open paths of enquiries so that they can explore and find answers. Children are consistently exposed to high-level scientific vocabulary throughout lessons. We also aim to provide children with high-quality scientific experiences outside the classroom to further enrich their learning. Alongside this, we expect children to develop a strong scientific understanding of the topics covered through the acquisition of key knowledge and the application of skills, as identified in the National Curriculum Programme of Study. This understanding is built on as pupils progress through primary school, ensuring that they will have a solid foundation for the study of science in the post-primary setting.
We do this through:
- A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning shows progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
- CPD to develop teacher’s strength of planning and assessment in Science.
- Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills.
- Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.
- Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning plans for practical investigative opportunities within Science lessons.
- Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible.
- Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry-based learners.
- Attainment will be assessed each half term through related topic assessment tasks.
- Where applicable links to Science will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.
At BHP we aim to sustain and develop a rich curriculum in mathematics supported by the main principles of Maths Mastery and association with high-quality teaching and learning tools that the NCETM provide.
The principles and characteristics of our mathematics curriculum:
- Concrete, pictorial, abstract representation
- Vocabulary rich environment
- Developing mathematical fluency
- Children embed learning through full mathematical sentences
- Carefully designed variation
- Questioning that secures and deepens understanding
- Ensure that all available learning time is utilised proficiently; including that of transitions
- Learning follows a clear narrative, which is displayed in the worksheets
- Cognitive load is reduced so that learners are encouraged to focus on the learning intentions
- Live modelling of concepts is paramount
- Children access curriculum content at the same pace – keep up don’t catch up
- Lesson design and implementation allows for key concepts to be broken down and embedded before new concepts are introduced
- Teaching for Mastery at the heart of our intent and implementation
Enriched opportunities enable our pupils to become self-motivated, confident learners who are able to use and apply mathematics, in a wide range of situations. Our mathematics curriculum employs approaches that help pupils to develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics at each stage of their learning journey, as well as enjoyment and passion for the subject. We recognise that mathematics is uniquely powerful in helping children; to make sense of and describe the world around them. We also promote mathematical thinking and inquiry to challenge and extend learners potential.
Our lesson designs are centered around the key intent and implementation of core concepts; to secure knowledge and extend skills. The implementation of our mathematics curriculum focuses on an approach to reduce cognitive load and ensure knowledge is accessible for all learners. Lessons are carefully designed in order to embed understanding and increase long-term retention and application across the years.
It is our desire to provide the best possible education, opportunities and environment for all who are part of our school. Our school is an inclusive community where ALL aim high, achieve well and develop self-confidence, positive values and beliefs, a sense of community, well-being and caring attitudes towards others. PSHE is central to this ethos and equips children with the knowledge, skills and strategies to live healthy, safe and responsible lives.
At Bush Hill Park Primary we aim to:
- Implement a PSHE curriculum that enables children to develop the knowledge and skills to keep themselves healthy, safe and manage life’s challenges
- To create opportunities to develop attributes such as resilience, self-esteem and self-awareness, in order to best access all areas of the curriculum
- To encourage children to explore personal, social, health and economic issues within their lives, the school and the wider community
- To support the planning of engaging and thought-provoking lessons that require teamwork and critical thinking, in the context of health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world
- Ensure a consistent approach to inclusive teaching practice for all pupils using Jigsaw and teacher planning
- Maintain school ethos and values of respect, responsibility and resilience
- Continued emphasis and awareness of healthy lifestyle choices including focus on mental health and wellbeing of all children
- Ensure PSHE and circle time remain prominent across the school, and are taught both discreetly and through creating cross curricular links
Ofsted (2013) - “Children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social and school wellbeing on average have higher levels of academic achievement, both concurrently and in later years”
At Bush Hill Park we believe PSHE is vital in creating successful, enthusiastic and passionate learners. PSHE helps pupils achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can impact their ability to learn. Through teaching, we strive to excite and inspire children to acquire knowledge, communicate confidently, form meaningful relationships and overcome challenges, both inside and outside of the classroom. We aim to equip our children with the vocabulary they need to express themselves. We strongly believe that emotional understanding empowers children and helps them make sense of the world around them. Through circle time, we aim to promote improvements in self-esteem, emotional literacy, emotional regulation and overall wellbeing.
At Bush Hill Park Primary School we aim to:
- To deliver an enriching and diverse Computing curriculum that provides a variety of contexts for using a range of IT skills, applications and tools.
- To empower learners to select and use appropriate skills, applications and tools with confidence and a sense of achievement.
- To educate learners about safe and responsible use of the Internet, mobile phones and social networking and communication platforms.
- To promote the inclusion of learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) through use of IT software and equipment.
- To provide opportunities to extend and enrich learners who demonstrate particular ability in using IT effectively or an enthusiasm and appreciation for computers and technology.
- To use IT across the school to support teaching and learning in Computing and across the primary curriculum.
Curriculum Provisions (Inc. foundation stage)
Computing is an important part of the school curriculum because of its widespread use and impact on modern life. Replacing ICT, the Computing curriculum is centered around: creating, designing, communicating and evaluating using IT, together with a deeper, more embedded focus on computational problem solving and design. As a result, children’s learning is more relevant and engaging that is has even been.
In order to ensure that valuable areas of experience are covered as instructed in the National Curriculum, we have created a bespoke scheme of work, which comprehensively covers a wide variety of ‘real-life’ contexts, focusing on developing IT skills in a range of applications. This scheme of work extends from reception to year six with the intention that learners will develop a progression of key skills. These include: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Online Safety.
Practicalities of Computer Science
We provide separate Computing lessons for children in Reception and Years 1 to 6 lasting 45-60 minutes. These sessions are supported by classroom Teaching Assistants and 1:1 Learning Support Assistants (where necessary). In these sessions, children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and/or in small groups, and will experience the frequent use of PCs, Tablets and Laptops in the Media Suite. Children in Reception will work at least 20% in their own classrooms and 80% in the Media Suite.
The Expressive Arts (Art and Design, Dance, Drama and Music) subjects at Bush Hill Park Primary School are highly valued. As educators, we acknowledge that the Expressive Arts subjects help more children achieve across other areas of the curriculum as they stimulate a variety of learning styles (kinaesthetic, aural, visual and verbal). They also play a unique role in pupils’ mental and physical well-being.
In addition, Bush Hill Park believes in preparing our pupils effectively for the 21st century, where the creative industries will play a large part in the UK and world economy. Therefore, we aim to provide all of our pupils, through the Expressive Arts, with the opportunity to become the inventors, problem solvers and team players of the future. Hence, future generations will be able to find solutions for and flourish in an ever-changing world.
In appreciation of the importance of these subjects, teachers will plan and support engaging and inspiring lessons that actively involve all children, and lead them to develop the key Visual Art/Music/Dance/Drama skills, (such as communication and team work). Expressive Arts lessons will also incorporate child-led investigative learning. This will contribute to their development as creative and collaborative individuals, who can think critically and converse clearly and coherently.
Throughout their time at Bush Hill Park, children are exposed to and explore a range of the arts, they are presented with annual opportunities to take part in external presentations and competitions both at the borough level and beyond.
At Bush Hill Park Primary, we endeavour to create and develop a knowledge rich and vocabulary heavy Geography curriculum that provides children with a variety of experiences, skills and knowledge in order to encourage future aspirations. We desire to create opportunities within the curriculum to nurture the whole child, specifically through incorporating problem solving, creativity, knowledge and resilience in order to best prepare children for a turbulent world.
We believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. We pride ourselves on our creative learning approaches and ‘hooks’ in to topics that excite and immerse the children in their quest for knowledge.
Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The Geography curriculum at Bush Hill Park enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Bush Hill Park and beyond.
We hope to develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning of Geography by supporting teachers and leaders to have autonomy over their planning and delivery and ensure they are working towards.
At Bush Hill Park Primary, we endeavour to create and develop a knowledge rich and vocabulary heavy History curriculum that provides children with a variety of experiences, skills and knowledge in order to encourage future aspirations. We desire to create opportunities within the curriculum to nurture the whole child, specifically through incorporating problem solving, creativity, knowledge and resilience in order to best prepare children for a turbulent world.
The History curriculum at Bush Hill Park makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the History of their locality.
Topics are informed by the national curriculum and in line with the Haringey Education Partnership’s curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Bush Hill Park aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
We hope to develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning of History by supporting teachers and leaders to have autonomy over their planning and delivery and ensure they are working towards the national curriculum objectives through knowledge heavy material. We are currently in the process of rolling out the Haringey Education Partnership’s foundation curriculum that covers History and builds securely on the knowledge and vocabulary required of this subject. This is a phased approach and so in year groups where this is not yet rolled out, teachers plan topics around the Cornerstones curriculum themes, planning in the secure knowledge and vocabulary themselves and using many of the HEP principles; all teachers have been trained to plan according to these principles.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Foundation Stage to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Bush Hill Park, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of Spanish and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in Spanish. We ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We ensure development is progressive as teachers plan to build on previous knowledge from units already studied.
KS1 children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when studying another country.
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils will learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people.