Our aims and mission statement underpin everything that we do at Crookhill Primary School
At Crookhill Primary School, we have high expectations and work together to ensure all of our children achieve to the best of their abilities. We do this by providing high quality teaching and an exciting and relevant curriculum which meets every child’s individual needs. We encourage all of our children to become confident, independent, responsible and caring individuals who love learning and are proud of their achievements. Our school provides a happy, friendly and highly positive environment where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. We work in partnership with parents and the community to support children’s learning and wellbeing.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).
We aim to develop SMSC through both the academic and extra-curricular activities in school.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
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.
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Cultural capital can be defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
Cultural capital helps pupils to achieve goals, become successful, and be aspirational.
Through our curriculum design and the opportunities that we offer, we aim to expose children to a wide variety of experiences that will help build their cultural capital and expose them to experiences that they may otherwise not have had. We help children build cultural capital through:
- Learning opportunities within the curriculum e.g. local history units
- Recognising and valuing the different backgrounds, heritage, language and traditions of all the children in our school community
- School trips e.g. to local museums, heritage sites
- Themed workshops
- Visitors to school e.g. theatre experiences
- Assembly themes
- Extra – curricular clubs and activities
- Residential visits
- Diverse range of stories and texts
- Character development curriculum
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
At Crookhill Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum. These are identified as:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
British values will help pupils to:
- Understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- Understand that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- Understand that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
- Understand the importance or identifying and combating discrimination
The National Curriculum provides the basis of our academic curriculum. However, we want our curriculum to offer pupils more than just the statutory requirements laid out in this document. When planning our curriculum, we have taken into account the social and economic circumstances of our catchment area and thought carefully about the opportunities that we need to provide for our pupils in order that they can reach their full potential, no matter what their background. We prioritise PHSE and RSE, in particular promoting mental health and well-being. We also want our pupils to understand and appreciate the local, national and global community and the role they play within that.