Through our curriculum, we teach the children about their own safety and continually share safe messages and information. This includes regular updates about online safety, maintaining personal safety, anti-bullying messages and equality work. We use guidance and information provided by external agencies including NSPCC, Google Legends, Anti-Bullying Alliance and the Safer Internet Centre to support our teaching. We also encourage visits from The Red Cross who teach the children basic first aid.
Our teaching of PSHE enables children to be taught about personal safety, hygiene, feelings, emotions and to maintain healthy lifestyles. We also try and link this into P4C (Philosophy for children), which offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
Hunts Cross Primary school takes online safety of its children seriously and builds into everyday lessons the need to stay safe online, at all times. At Hunts Cross Primary school, we use ICT and the internet to learn specific computing skills, to enhance our learning cross the curriculum and develop skills for life. Children are taught how to stay safe when working online and online Safety is a priority in all our work. Our staff and children are trained in all aspects of online safety and training is updated regularly. Online information and safety guidance is shared with parents.
SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) themes and messages are taught across all subjects ensuring our children develop a wider understanding of equality, develop empathy and a reflective approach to their daily lives.
Health and development
Safeguarding is also defined as supporting the health and development of our children.
At Hunts Cross we promote the health and well-being of all our children to maximise their readiness to learn. Through our board curriculum we promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of out children in order to prepare them for experiences, opportunities and responsibilities in later life.
To support the health needs of children with more serious medical conditions, school staff receive training and regular updates on:
- Anaphylaxis/Allergies- Epi-pen training, practices reviewed regularly with class teacher, staff aware of allergens
- Asthma- Full procedures are outlined in Asthma Policy document. Care plans are clearly displayed in classrooms, pupils are allowed immediate (supervised) access to inhalers.
- Diabetes- monitoring blood sugar levels and ensuing they remain stable, administering insulin injections, recording information for parents/carers.
- Epilepsy- Care plans and training for the administration of medication in an emergency.
- Physical disabilities – Access arrangements are reviewed annually.
Relationships and Sex Education
Our framework for teaching RSE is set within the context of developing loving relationships, family and emotional well-being. It is taught through a whole range of means including circle time, video discussions, class activities and support from outside agencies where possible.
The aims of the RSE curriculum are :
- self-esteem and self-awareness
- the skills needed for successful relationships
- a positive attitude towards difference and diversity
- an understanding of their own and others’ rights
- emotional literacy
- the ability and confidence to make informed choices
- the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitude to optimise their health
- the ability and knowledge to keep themselves and other people safe by minimising risk from harm
- an understanding of their own and others’ values and beliefs, and an individual moral framework that will help them to make well-considered decisions
- a positive attitude towards their body and sexuality
- the ability to access help and support
Education Visits at Hunts Cross Primary school
Children at Hunts Cross Primary take part in a range of education trips and visits throughout the school year. Children in Year 5 attend residential trips to PGL centres.
Mrs Taylor is Hunts Cross Primary schools Educational Visits Co-Ordinator and attends annual training to support this role.
Hunts Cross Primary school has adopted the Local Authority educational visits policy for risk assessing trips and visits and submits all risk assessments to the LA via Evolve systems.