At Dussindale we recognise that the primary years are a key time for children to develop their own identity and aspirations for the future. As well as academic development, it is essential that children are given opportunities, through the curriculum and beyond, for personal development.
We understand the crucial role we can play in helping children to prepare for their adult lives so they can go on to engage positively in society.
The opportunities we can offer them while at Dussindale will impact upon their future, helping them to develop the core values we hold at the school. This is why Personal Development is at the heart of our curriculum offer.
Curriculum Drivers and Values
Our whole curriculum is underpinned by 6 curriculum drivers. These drive and shape our school and underpin the learning and experiences we undertake in all aspects of school life. These key drivers are personal to our school and are tailored towards developing the whole child. Our personal development curriculum goes beyond the national curriculum.
Our curriculum aims for our children to:
- become society ready
- have high aspirations
- develop strong emotional resilience
- have good communication and oracy skills
- be curious and develop a love of learning
- have memorable opportunities and experiences
The Dussindale Values
We have made a whole school commitment to the teaching and development of character traits, attributes and behaviours which underpin achievement and success; endeavouring to ensure that developing ‘character’ goes hand in hand with high educational aspirations and achievement.
At Dussindale Primary School we have developed a set of specific values that we teach the children on an annual cycle. The six values were decided upon in collaboration with the staff and pupils of the school, with a value allocated to every half term the children are at school. The planned programme supports our children in making good choices both in their learning and around the school. They ensure that our pupils develop the skills to be good citizens in the future.
The values are used as a focus in our assemblies and are celebrated in the whole school assembly each week, as well as being woven into teaching and learning within classrooms.Our Values Assemblies teach pupils about the personal qualities valued in society. Assemblies, both whole and key stages, enable pupils to explore issues relating directly to rules, behaviour and bullying.
Our personal development curriculum provides significant opportunities for pupils to engage in the following key areas:
At Dussindale we understand the importance of the PSHE curriculum and its power to equip our children with the knowledge, understanding and emotions they need to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
As a school, we have recognised that our children need support developing their emotional resilience and personal perspective. To fully support them in this and to make our children society ready, able to keep themselves safe and able to succeed in all areas of life we have chosen to teach PSHE through the scheme Jigsaw.
With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 helps us deliver engaging and relevant PSHE/RSE curriculum with a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing our children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.