Our curriculum extends far beyond the academic, to allow pupils to develop in many diverse aspects of life. This is encapsulated in our Personal Development Curriculum.
We aim to ensure that, over their time at Hardwick Green, learners receive a Personal Development programme that gives them the knowledge that they need to make decisions, to strengthen them personally and to allow them to develop their character and personality. We provide these rich experiences in a coherently planned way, in the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.
At Hardwick Green, there are four key drivers that underpin our Personal Development approach:
- Healthy & safe behaviours
- Awareness of the world
- Character development
- British Values
Healthy & safe behaviours include our PSHE curriculum, Relationship Education, Sex Education, Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing and Wider Aspects of Safety.
Awareness of the world includes Economic Understanding, Understanding Media and Technology and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
Character development includes development of children’s own character and personality, our RESPECT values framework, children’s behaviour and wider opportunities for children to engage with.
British Values includes Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect & Tolerance and Individual Liberty.
Character at Hardwick Green
At Hardwick Green, we aim to develop children’s learning both in school and when outside in the community. We believe children need the skills and attitudes that are required to be successful in the modern world. We want the children to feel confident and secure in their abilities, and in the contributions they can make to the wider community.
We want our children to be resilient, confident and caring. We encourage children to take responsibility and to recognise the times where they can help others by taking part in activities both inside and outside of school.
To develop 'character' we use two main strands - the four building blocks and the RESPECT framework.
The Building Blocks of Developing Character:
There are four building blocks that we believe are key to the children developing good character:
- Participation - Taking part in activities both inside and outside school
- Learning - Showing determination and confidence in their academic abilities
- Leadership - Leading people in order to achieve a goal
- Service - Helping others to achieve goals
Children at Hardwick Green will have opportunities to take part in activities which will demonstrate all of these characteristics. Children will be guided by staff and adults at home to take part in activities in school and in the community.
The RESPECT framework:
The four building blocks above (participation, learning, leadership and service) help identify what tasks the children do. This links to our character framework, which is concerned with who the children are – RESPECT. As part of our PE curriculum, we use Commando Joe's. Commando Joe's is a structured character development programme that allows the children to take on missions set by famous faces throughout history to develop their values through the RESPECT framework. Taking part in the activities through Commando Joe's, and the Character Passport, develops these traits within children:
- Resilience - Determined; self-controlled; persistent; courageous; diligent; perseveres
- Empathy - Just (fair); compassionate (forgiveness); kind; courteous; unselfishness
- Self Aware - Self-confident; self-disciplined; honest; humorous; humility; adaptability
- Positivity - Gratitude; motivated; positive attitude; inspires; willpower
- Excellence - Creative; curious; inquires; pride; critical thinking
- Communication - Listens; influences; feedback; reflective; evaluative; presence
- Teamwork - Cooperates; responsible; cares; decision makes; helpful; unity; patient
For Year 5 and Year 6 - The Hardwick Green 'Character passport':
Our oldest children in school take part in the Hardwick Green Character Passport. The progress the children make again the Hardwick Green Character Passport will be recorded and measured using a set of criteria. The information in the passport has suggestions and tips for how the children can develop their skills, knowledge and understanding under each characteristic. There are so many activities to choose from – so all children in school will have something which they can access and that will interest them. There are also opportunities for children and families to think of their own ideas and present these to the school.
Character development activities can be completed at any time. They can be done as a group, as a family, in school, at weekends or in the school holidays.
If children complete the activities under each heading they will be rewarded in a special assembly with a Hardwick Green ‘Character Award’.
What is SMSC?
All schools in England are required to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through our provision of SMSC, we aim to:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
How do we develop SMSC?
Spiritual Development: We teach children about themselves, others and the world around them in order to inspire and develop a sense of awe and wonder. We explore values and beliefs in which to inform their perspective on life and respect for other people. Creativity is a key part of our curriculum and we encourage a willingness to reflect on their own experiences.
Moral Development: We provide opportunities for children to investigate moral and ethical issues in order to develop their ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, with a readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives. We develop their understanding of consequences of their actions.
Social Development: We learn to cooperate well with others and resolve conflicts effectively. We develop social skills through working and socialising with and alongside others from a variety of different backgrounds. We teach children about the way their own community as well as wider society and other communities function.
Cultural Development: We celebrate diversity within our school and share knowledge and experience within the community. We explore and develop an understanding and respect for cultural diversity. We provide opportunities to explore a variety of art, music, sport, science and festivals. We also develop an appreciation of cultural influences that have shaped the children’s own heritage.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development - Subject Statements
All schools in England are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught to pupils. The Government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy.’ These values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Hardwick Green Primary Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy: Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our active Smart School Council and through pupil questionnaires. All our children form the school council.
The Rule Of Law: Throughout the school day, the importance of laws, are consistently reinforced. Our children are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Individual Liberty: When in school, our pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage our children to know, understand and exercise their rights as children and when they enter adulthood.
Mutual Respect: Our school Behaviour Policy revolves around core values such as ‘respect’ and children have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths & Beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing our children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse country and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity such as through assemblies and visits to places of worship. We also have a dedicated lesson per week of Religious Education, through our scheme of work 'Discovery RE'. You can read more about our RE curriculum here. Pupils of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
In addition to being woven across the curriculum, British Values are explicitly taught through our PSHE scheme of work, Jigsaw. You can read more about Jigsaw here.
British Values - Subject Statements
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive school. For us, equality means that everyone is able to participate and feel welcome and safe in the activities of our school. This includes pupils, parents & carers, staff and visitors. Everyone should be able to achieve the best possible outcomes as a result of their participation. We believe that equality should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of all members of the school and community
At our school diversity means acknowledging that there are differences between people that should be recognised, respected and celebrated. We promote respect of each other’s differences and identities. We celebrate and raise awareness of diversity in the school and in the wider community and believe that teaching children about diversity prepares them for life in modern Britain.
The Equality Act 2010
We want our children to learn that we all belong together regardless of different races, religions, sexualities, genders, abilities and ages. We encourage children to be proud of their differences and to understand the importance of not discriminating against, or being unfair to others, because of their difference
The Equality Act 2010 - The Protected Characteristics
The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:
- Our school mission statement
- Our school core values - RESPECT
- Our school behaviour policy and curriculum
- Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
- Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
- Assemblies linked to British Values & the protected characteristics
- Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking a cross-curricular approach to the Equality Act
- Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) sessions (see the mapping document below)
- Religious Education (RE) lessons, RSE lessons and Protected Characteristic talks
- Sporting, Art and Cultural Events
- Pupil Voice, including SMART school council
- Educational visits
- Real-life learning outside the classroom
- Guest speakers
- Developing links with local, national and international communities
- Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community
We are proud to follow the Smart School Council model which involves every pupil in decision-making, social action and developing key skills for life.
Clink on the image below to find out more about Smart School Councils.
Our school council is made up of three parts.
Class meeting - a regular meeting led by different children every time in your class.
Action teams - groups that are set up to run an activity, event or new idea.
The Communication team - the important group of pupils that help to run the model.