Our curriculum has two strands – the academic curriculum and our ETHOS curriculum based on our values and the learning for life that is vital to ensure our pupils leave us a model citizens, prepared for the challenges of life.
Within both strands great importance is placed on identifying opportunities for children to learn about safeguarding. The aim of this aspect of the curriculum is to inform pupils on how to keep themselves and others safe from potential risk and what to do if they have any safeguarding concern.
We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
There are many opportunities throughout our Learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.
Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:
- Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons for Y3 and Year 4
- Mini-Medics course for Y5/6
- Relax Kids meditations to ensure children are mentally healthy
- Worry Box in each class and Emotion Check-ins that are used each day help Teachers react immediately
- Basic First Aid as part of P.E lessons
- Fire awareness and identifying Risk in the home (including visits from the local fire service)
- Liaison with Secondary school for safe transition
- Online safety sessions and Safer Internet Day - including a visit from a local Police Officer
- Our Forest School / Outdoor Learning workshops (e.g. Den Building) which encourages children to assess their own risks.
- Computing curriculum including safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
- The PSHE and RSHE lessons linked to PSHE Association and Yasmin and Tom
- Our science curriculum promotes healthy lifestyles
- Health Week which invites professionals in to talk about Healthy Lifestyles, including a Dental Workshop
- Links with outside agencies e.g. NSPCC, Crucial Crew (Drugs Awareness) etc.
- Enterprise Project - teaching financial sense and awareness
- Golden Mile - instilling the importance of Physical Health as the children work up to 5 Miles, 1/2 and Full Marathon
- The books that are read from Reception to challenge stereotypes linked to curriculum topics e.g 'Pink is for Boys', 'And Tango Makes Three'
- Neurodiversity week - celebrating difference
- Emotion Coaching and learning about Brain Development.
- Links with the Association of Harrogate Muslims and Victoria school in Keighley to build mutual respect, understanding and tolerance (British Values in Action project)
- Reactive support based on individual and group needs linked to Trauma, including that caused by Covid-19. Work is linked to 'A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma'
We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn that they should not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language.
Assemblies and Collective Worship allow for reflection time to identify personal safeguarding matters and explore potential risks. For example, we talk about anti- bullying including cyber bullying and British values including how these values are promoted in our Christian vision.