Our Curriculum

At Somerdale Educate Together, we believe that children who have curiosity and think creatively and independently are more likely to be prepared for the next stages of their learning.

Our Curriculum Intent

 

Our Curriculum Intent is to inspire and teach our children through our core binding principles that by learning together we learn to live together.

  • Equality and Inclusion – All children have equal rights of access, and children from all social, cultural and religious backgrounds are equally respected.
  • Child- centred – children are placed at the heart of every decision and activity.
  • Co-educational – all children are given the opportunity to explore the full range of their abilities.
  • Democratically run – children’s views are actively encouraged

 

Through an enquiry approach, our curriculum is responsive. We nurture, develop and build on children’s interests and passions; make links to their local environment so that learning is relevant, lifelong and builds the broad skills and knowledge for the world ahead.

 

With an ethical focus in which children learn about rights, through rights and for rights, our children have the confidence to question the world around them, allowing them to be active participants to shape their community. Our children are stewards of the environment, developing strong core moral values which celebrates openness, diversity, and equity.

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The documents linked below give the content of our school curriculum in each academic year for every subject. Due to the nature of our Learn Together curriculum running alongside and throughout the National Curriculum, subjects may be introduced in a number of ways.

You can find further information on the EYFS Foundation Stage Framework here and information on the National Curriculum here. 


EYFS curriculum Overview (pre-school and Reception Class)

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six

 

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Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.

A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Aims

  • The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and
  • cultural development of their art forms.

Click here for our full Art & Design Curriculum.

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Computing in Educate Together is a subject that not only stands alone but is woven and an integral part of all learning.

Computing, in general, is a significant part of everyone’s daily life and children should be at the forefront of new technology, with a thirst for learning what is out there.

Computing within Educate Together provides a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects.

Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their life.

Computers and technology are such a part of everyday life that our children need to be exposed to a thorough and robust Computing curriculum which allows them to develop problem solving, creativity and critical thinking, to be active and safe participants in the digital world.

Aims

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Click here to see our full Computing Curriculum.

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Our English curriculum at Somerdale Educate Together Primary School is the ‘treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds’ teaching through enquiry.

Our curriculum for English aims to:

  • Ensure that every child becomes an avid reader, a passionate writer and a confident speaker with a love of the spoken and written word. As linguists they will explore and should acquire a rich diverse vocabulary knowledge through speaking, listening, discussion and collaboration.
  • Immerses and inspires pupils as authors through the exploration and wonder of a range of high-quality text and literature from a variety of cultures that extends challenges and encourages children to have the confidence to explore their imagination, form opinions and which encourages questioning.
  • Be purposeful, developmental and sequential, developing knowledge and skills that will ensure our children read and write confidently across all areas of the curriculum, understand different genres, styles of writing, persistence and cohesive writing.
  • Ensure children develop a secure phonological awareness, the key to early reading and writing, through our teaching using Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics and linked reading books.

Implementation:

Writing

Teachers will provide opportunities for children to build on knowledge and skills through a learning pathway which is linked to the focus texts and the children’s enquiry question.

The teaching of writing will be enriching, purposeful and creative with a focus on both the National Curriculum Objectives and individual or group writing needs within the classroom.

The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

Teachers will devise sequenced teaching of literature which follows the writing genre pathway (writing to inform, writing to entertain, writing to persuade, writing to discuss). Learning is sustained so children are able to transfer what they have learnt from each different genre of writing.

Teachers use a creative, sequential approach to the teaching of writing which enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes across the curriculum.

A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘immersion in the text’, rich and varied complementary texts, learning based upon both curriculum objectives but writing need of children.

A whole school approach to the teaching of cursive handwriting will be embedded to ensure high standards of presentation and fluency in writing.

A whole school approach to phonics will be implemented as a foundation to secure strong writing skills.

Phonics for spelling

Spelling will be taught to provide children with a wide range of spelling strategies to enable them to be confident, competent and independent spellers. At Somerdale we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme.

Pre-School: Phase 1

Reception: Phase 2-Phase 4

Year One: Phase 4-Phase 5

Year Two: Phase 5 reconsolidation-Phase 6 through regular teaching of No-Nonsense Spelling

Year Three: Phase 5 and Phase 6 reconsolidation through regular teaching of No-Nonsense Spelling

Year Four: Regular teaching of No Nonsense Spelling

Year Five: Regular teaching of No Nonsense Spelling

Year Six: Regular teaching of No Nonsense Spelling

Reading

Teachers will provide opportunities for children to build on knowledge and skills through a learning pathway which links Guided Reading to the focus texts and the children’s enquiry question.

Small group Guided Reading is regular and purposeful with planned adult led sessions with opportunities for comprehension (VIPERS Year Two onwards).

All teachers use a thematic approach to raise the profile of reading for pleasure and enjoyment; books based on children’s interests and passions but also situated in their lived lives

Children have ownership of building their classroom bookshelves which are linked to their enquiry question. Children have opportunities to browse a ‘Class Canon of Literature,’ and they use books with excitement and are often found reading in their spare time. All teachers will establish a daily shared story time with a class book displayed.

All parents will be confident and actively engaged in supporting the school’s model and culture of reading. Home reading is a priority with children swapping books regularly.  A home school reading diary is used for parents to communicate with teachers. Teachers in EYFS and Y1 run a parent phonics workshop.  Busy Things home access is updated to include taught sounds.

Teachers plan regular school library sessions in school to explore different genres of books. Priority reading groups read to Reading Project Volunteers and Volunteer readers on a regular basis to support progress. Teachers have established links with the local library in Keynsham.

Phonics for reading

Daily Phonics is taught through the Little Wandle programme from Reception to Year One. From Year Two onwards No-Nonsense Spelling is also used through a reading lens to recap Phase 5/6 sounds.

In EYFS daily Phonics is linked to EYFS provision. Additionally, word boxes are designed for children to practise blending (linked to grapheme progression) where reconsolidation is needed. During Phase 2, alongside pink book bands for children who are blending, captions linked to the current taught sounds are also sent home.

Coloured book banded books are selected, following the banded system which links to Phonics pathways. Somerdale uses a range of different Phonics books schemes to spark the interest and diversify content. Home Reading books are chosen based on the Phonological knowledge progress but chosen by the children.


Resources for parents

Grapheme formation and phoneme support video.

Little Wandle Resources for Parents

Busy Things – Our school subscription to this online resource includes home access. Here you will find lots of activities in the English section from Pre-School all the way to the end of Key Stage Two. There are resources to help you pronounce the sounds too.

Please speak to your class teacher if you need reminding of the Home Access log-in details.

BBC Bitesize English- Key Stage One: guides and fun activities for children in Year One and Two.

BBC Bitesize English-Key Stage Two: guides and fun activities for children in Year Three, Four, Five and Six.

BBC Teach-Key Stage One

Use this website to access free information, games and live lessons for Year One and Year Two.

BBC Teach-Key Stage Two

Use this website to access free information, games and live lessons for Year Three, Year Four, Year Five and Year Six.

Phonics Play : This website has lots of useful Phonics games

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A high-quality geography education will inspire a curiosity and fascination of the world for the citizens of the future.

It should inspire and equip pupils with a knowledge and understanding of the diverse places, people and environments of their world.

Geography helps pupils to understand the interaction of Earth’s key physical and human processes and how these features are interconnected and change over time.

Our curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of places of importance globally
  • understand that there are different physical and human processes and key features of their world that are interdependent and change over time
  • gain and deploy a geographically grounded understanding of abstract terms and core vocabulary which deepens over time and enables children to be geographers i.e. ‘season’ ‘vegetation’ ‘habitat’ ‘climate’
  • understanding that a confident geographer much use first hand observation, experiences of field work and a range of resources and information to deepen their awareness of geographical processes to enhance their locational and place knowledge
  • confidently communicate their geographical information in a variety of different ways; deepening and enhancing as they grow older

Click here to read the full Geography Curriculum.

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A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils 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.

Our curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Click here for the full SET History.

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In an Educate Together school, a daily period of time is set aside for the ethical education curriculum, which is delivered in addition to the National Curriculum. This program is called the “Learn Together” curriculum and is published by Educate Together. It defines the core values of all teaching and learning in the school. It is subject to continuous review and development.

Learn Together Somerdale Educate Together Primary

The Learn Together Curriculum

The programme is divided into four strands: Moral and Spiritual Development, Justice and Equality, Ethics and the Environment and Belief Systems. The curriculum specifically addresses the Educate Together ethos and it is here that the values that the school seeks to model in its ‘characteristic spirit’ are articulated and explained in greater depth.

Moral and Spiritual Development

The aim is to help children develop a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of right and wrong. Teachers aim to develop a strong awareness of social, ethical and moral standards through reflecting on the meaning and purpose of life. The strand should encourage and develop the individual on their journey to inner discovery and empower the child to make informed moral choices.

Equality and Justice

The general aim of the strand is to develop in children a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of issues relating to human rights, equality, culture and diversity, social justice and social inclusiveness and to empower them to make a difference.

Belief Systems

This strand explains and explores the major belief systems and life stances in the world in an educational manner, teaching children about these faiths and beliefs without endorsing any particular one as religious truth. This strand of the curriculum is usually very important to ensure that children of all backgrounds feel fully part of the school.
Particular care is taken to represent non-theistic, humanist, atheist and personal life stances as equally valid as traditional religions.
During the year, an Educate Together school may mark – in an age appropriate way – festivals such as Chinese New Year, Easter, Hindu festival of lights (Diwali), Harvest Festivals, Samhain (Halloween), Darwin Day, Ramadan and Eid, Hanukkah and Christmas.

Ethics and the Environment

The school develops in children a knowledge, appreciation and respect for their environment to empower them to take an active role in its stewardship. The environment is defined to include concepts of social, economic, political and environmental sustainability.
Children are expected to participate in the study of environment and social issues in their own community and take appropriate action. This may involve setting up an eco-school committee, visiting the elderly, surveying waste, traffic or water use in the area, setting up mini social enterprises and making representations to the local council or political representatives.

The program allows the school to explore the similarities and differences with the older celebrations that underlie many of these festivals. Examples would be how Celtic festivals and practices underpin the way that Easter is celebrated in Britain or the solstice-based festivals that occur in many religions around the end of the year.

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At Somerdale Educate Together our approach to teaching Mathematics fosters and promotes our ethos and beliefs that all children can achieve and succeed.

  

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum, using the White Rose Maths scheme to form the basis of our planning. Pre-School provision uses a play-based mastery approach using adult-led investigation time alongside opportunities to explore, develop and consolidate mathematical learning throughout the day where adults in provision will provide support and scaffolding where contextually appropriate.

What is White Rose Maths?

The White Rose Maths ‘schemes of learning’ are hugely popular with schools in the UK and in many other countries, too. They also produce many other resources to help increase both fun and success in maths. Rooted in globally respected research, the resources are written by experienced, practising teachers and are available for pupils from nursery and primary years and through secondary school to GCSE.

For each year group, the scheme of learning comprises of individual blocks of learning about a particular topic with lots of time spent on building strong number skills. These important core skills lay a solid foundations for more complicated learning later on.

Each block of knowledge is divided into a series of small learning steps. Together, these small steps cover all the curriculum content that your child needs to know.

Brain science tells us that by learning maths in small, related chunks, your child will remember more. White Rose uses the best available research to map out the crucial learning steps that will help your child to understand clearly what they are learning.

You can find out more about our approach to Maths by viewing our Maths policy here.

Article 28- Every child has the right to an education.

The Curriculum Overview

You can view the broad curriculum overview here. This shows you what each class plans to cover across the year.

Our teachers adapt the scheme dependent on the need of the class, so for the latest information, check your class Google drive folder for the weekly overviews which will advise you of the planned learning for each week.

Calculation Strategies

The helpful documents below show you how we teach different skills across the year groups.

Addition and Subtraction (link pending)

Multiplication and Division (link pending)

Number Sense

In Year One and Year Two, children have a 15-minute number sense session four times a week alongside regular maths sessions. Number Sense is also used as an intervention for children in Key Stage Two who need extra support to recall their number facts.

Number sense is a number Facts fluency programme which teaches a core set of number facts and the calculation strategies that are used to solve them. Modelled on the phonics programmes used in early reading, the programme groups the grid facts and teaches them systematically alongside the calculation strategies that can be used to solve them. All facts are taught comprehensively on the path to fluency. To see the number facts taught, and for more information on the different strategies used, click on the links below.

Addition Facts Grid

Subtraction Facts Grid

Description of Calculation Strategies

Times Tables

We know that children who can recall facts enjoy and are able to secure the maths curriculum easier than the children who can’t recall these facts. We also know from research that depth is much more important than speed. 

At Somerdale we teach times table fluency separately from application of these facts in Lower Key Stage Two. We use a variety of activities which develop reasoning to secure number facts whilst almost always teaching other linked aspects of the curriculum at the same time. We have a systematic, whole class approach to teaching the times tables and it is taught little and often, for a few minutes a couple of times each day.

We follow these key principles when teaching times tables in Key Stage Two:

-We learn each number sentence as a memorised phrase by repeating the sound pattern out loud.

We learn each fact one way round only.

4 x 6 =  becomes six fours are twenty four.

We always state the larger number first. The children very quickly become attuned to this and it helps in the learning process.

We learn one new fact at a time. We will look at 6 x 6 = 36 one day. Then 7 x 6 = the following day.

We don’t think about the answers –  we want them to become known facts so we leave the answers on the board.

You can see an overview of the building block facts that make up times tables and where they are taught by viewing the summary below.

Times Table Summary

Resources to support at home:

This year we are developing maths booklets for parents full of ideas on how you can help your child with their maths skills at home, and to explain the different models we use to teach maths in school.

We also hope to bring you some parent workshops, specific to each year group.

White Rose Maths provides parent booklets you may find useful for home: https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/parent-workbooks/

White Rose Maths also provide short videos which can be used during remote learning: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

A parent guide to place value

A parent guide to subtraction

A parent guide to multiplication

A parent guide to division

A parent guide to fractions

A parent guide to algebra

Pre-School Maths Parent Guide (Coming soon!)

Reception Maths Parent Guide (link pending)

Year One Maths Parent Guide (Coming soon!)

Year Two Maths Parent Guide (Coming soon!)

Year Three Maths Parent Guide (Coming soon!)

Year Four Maths Parent Guide (Coming soon!)

Year Five Maths Parent Guide (Coming soon!)

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What is our vision for Music at Somerdale ET?

Children will leave school with a solid understanding of basic musical theory.

This will include:

  • Technical vocabulary.
  • Knowledge of instruments and orchestral families.
  • Be able to read music.
  • Having performed to an audience at least once per academic year. (E.g. Parent share morning, assembly performance, school nativity).
  • Children will leave school with a sense of rhythm and timings.
  • They should be able to play as part of a group either by using percussion, an instrument of their own, or their voice.
  • Children are exposed to high quality choir performances (KS2 choir) from assembly performances and see an example of stage presence and behaviour.

How will our children learn Music?

  • Ensure musical notes are being referred to along-side the correct technical vocabulary.
  • Arrange regularly opportunities for the children to showcase their learning (concerts, assemblies, trips).
  • Ensure singing assemblies are occurring regularly and the children are exposed to a range of song styles. (E.g. Call and response, Parts in an echo, Harmonies etc).

Click here to see the Music Curriculum.

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Our school Mental Health lead is Chris Thomas-Unsworth.

Somerdale Educate Together Primary Academy is committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of every child.  We believe that the school can help pupils build resilience and improve their mental health.

Our Learn Together curriculum, in particular, our Moral and Spiritual strand focuses on supporting children both physically and emotionally to promote positive mental health and we provide a range of opportunities for children to actively support this.

As a school, we actively encourage the children to express and talk about their feelings including how we can look after our bodies both physically and mentally. The children have opportunities to talk with adults who they are comfortable with, in a safe, nurturing environment.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING: INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS OF PRIMARY AGED CHILDREN

We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally. You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes. We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health then you are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses. There is good support available from local and national organisations. The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.

The leaflet: Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers provides some useful tips for helping your child plus links to local and national services.

Local services available for children

The School – Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better. In the first instance please speak to your child’s class teacher by arranging a convenient time to meet them. They will then liaise with Joanna, our Mental Health Lead for further advise and support.

Your GP – A GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.

The School Nurse – Parents/carers can contact the Bath and North East Somerset School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service  (CAMHS) – A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

Off the Record – Counselling service for young people  

Websites that offer information and advice

The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties:-

Young Minds: – Help for Parents – Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544

You’re Never too Young to Talk Mental Health – leaflet for parent/carers of primary aged children

Childline – Lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations

Minded for Families – Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers

Happy Maps – Lots of information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups including pre-school and primary age

Every Mind Matters – NHS endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people and equip parents with knowledge to support them

Looking after your own mental health

Your own mental health and wellbeing is critical to your ability to support your child/children. Being a parent or carer can be difficult, especially if you are facing personal or financial challenges. It can help to talk to someone, such as a friend, family member or your GP, if you feel comfortable doing this. The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help:

The Wellbeing College – Directory and database of groups, activities and courses in the community that can support adult wellbeing.

Talking Therapies – Accessed through G.P or self-referral.

MyScript- Social prescribing service – Available to anyone registered with a GP in B&NES.  This service provides support in finding specialist services and community groups to help individuals experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues to take control of their situation.

Bath Mind – Tel: 01225 316199 https://www.bathmind.org.uk/

Samaritans – Tel:  free 116 123

NHS Choices: moodzone – Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing

CALM Campaign against living miserably

Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations 

B&NES Directory of services: Wellbeing Options – Links to a range of services supporting physical, social and emotional needs across the area.

1 Big Database – links to a wide range of useful information for families including Ofsted registered childcare, parenting support, groups, clubs and events.

Rainbow Resource – Signposts to organisations, services, support, activities and groups for children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs.

Citizens Advice B&NES – Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt.

The information on this page has been provided by B&NES Council Public Health Team

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A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.

It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

 

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Click here for our full Physical Development Curriculum.

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Parent Consultation on changes to RSHE

We are currently consulting on the proposed changes to Relationships, Health and Sex Education at Somerdale Educate Together.

If you are a current parent of children at the school, please take a look at the information below and respond to our consultation survey by Sunday 13th December.

Further information about teaching for each year group will be delivered through online year group meetings in term 2, 2021.

Please read the policy draft below and follow the link to the survey. Further guidance, FAQ’s and a letter for parents can also be found below.

Draft Somerdale RSHE Policy

Click here for the survey.

Somerdale RSE parents letter

Department for Education FAQs

DfE RSE Primary Schools Guide for Parents

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Article 2: All children have rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Article 42: You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them, too.

Somerdale Educate Together Primary Rights Respecting Schools Award

At Somerdale Educate Together we have a commitment to our ethos and encourage our children to have an understanding of their rights.

We are very pleased to have recently been awarded the first stage of Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), Silver: Rights Committed. 

We are always striving to create the best possible learning environment for our children and this achievement shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

We have set up a pupil-led steering group and have an action plan to ensure that:

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) underpins our values and decision making in school
  • The whole school learns about the CRC and respects the rights of others
  • Children are empowered to become active learners and active local and global citizens.
  • If you would like to find out more or be part of the RRSA Steering Group please contact Sam O’Regan through the School Office.

We will look to run a workshop for parents in the Autumn term to provide you with more information about the above.

You have the right to education which develops your personality, respect for other’s rights and the environment.

Article 29 of the UNCRC says that a child or young person’s education should help their mind, body and talents be the best they can. It should also build their respect for other people and the world around them. In particular, they should learn to respect:

  • their rights and the rights of others
  • their freedoms and the freedoms of others
  • their parents
  • the identity, language and values of countries including their own.

Education should prepare children and young people for a responsible life in a free society. It should teach them how to live in an understanding and tolerant way that is non-violent and that respects the environment.

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We all have values by which we and our families try to live our lives by. These can include values such as honesty, trust, respect, kindness, perseverance, justice and so on.

At Educate Together we have our 4 core principles and the objectives in the Learn Together curriculum. We use values to teach about this.

Each month we look in depth at one and bring it into all we do. This way the children begin to think for themselves what they, their families, the school and their friends think is important. We find that discussing values helps children to realise that whilst we may all have different beliefs and different cultures or ways of life we actually share much in what we believe in.

By referring back to the values children can begin to think about how to behave and respond to the situations they come across in life. They are helped to understand what is important to their own family and to others. This way they will grow up able to understand and find the shared values with all people they come across.

Are there any faiths or cultures that do not value honesty, respect, friendship or kindness? By sharing and discussing these we realise that we have far more in common with each other than what separates us.

SET Assembly values cycle 2020-2021

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At Somerdale Educate Together Primary we hold a wide variety of events throughout the academic year to celebrate and engage the children in the world around them.

 

With the current restrictions on social events and pupils staying within their class bubbles, this is a little challenging at present but we will upload new images and events as they happen.

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