At Dean Bank Primary School, we are committed to developing opportunities to promote SMSC within our curriculum and the daily life of the school as part of our ‘Curriculum for Life’. Each class has specific Curriculum for Life lessons where we teach the children about British Values and complete activities to develop children’s appreciation for SMSC issues. We use the Jigsaw PSHE programme and also plan bespoke lessons based on our school values and SMSC issues to suit our pupils. Mrs Hall is the teacher with responsibility for SMSC within our school.
Teaching British Values and SMSC at Dean Bank
Curriculum for Life in action at Dean Bank
Dec 2021 – Stained Glass Window Competition
Congratulations to Astrid (Year 3) who is our winner of the stained glass window competition and the two runners up Brooke (Year 5) and Elsie (Year 2). You made some very creative stained glass windows.
The entries are now going to be sent to St Luke’s Church where they will be on display for everyone in the local community to see. Well done!
Nov 2021 – Y6 Fire Safety
Year 6 had a visit from the County Durham and Darlington Fire Service to learn more about fire safety.
They found out lots of fire safety tips to share with their parents and carers.
Nov 2021 – Meeting with Paul Howell, MP
Our Community Ambassadors really enjoyed meeting Paul Howell, MP, to end Parliament week. During Parliament Week, we had assemblies and classes did activities to learn more about the work of Parliament so it was great for our ambassadors to get the chance to ask an MP about his work.
Nov 2021 – Ambassadors for Community Change Speed Watch
Did you see our Ambassadors for Community Change on their Speed Watch? All drivers that were over the speed limit will be receiving a letter from the police.
Well done Ambassadors for another great job.
Nov 2021 – PCSO visit to Y1
PCSO Aaron visited Y1 as children had been talking about the police. The children asked him questions, tried on police uniform and did a fingerprint activity using the special police ink.
Autumn 2021 – Y5 Mini Police
Our Mini Police from Year 5 have done a fantastic job of supporting different aspects of school life in the autumn term.
They have also worked with the local PCSOs to support the wider community.
Oct 2021 – Y2 Durham Cathedral Visit
Y2 had a brilliant time at Durham Cathedral. The children were amazed by the size of the building and the ancient stonework and objects inside.
They also enjoyed a walk to see the River Wear and along the cobbled roads near the Cathedral.
Oct 2021 – World Mental Health Day
Oct 2021 – Harvest Foodbank Collection
For Harvest, each class collected items for the local foodbank.
Oct 2021 – Meeting Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen
Durham PCC, Joy Allen, had a great visit to Dean Bank where she met with our Ambassadors for Community Change. They asked other children what makes you happy and healthy, which was playing outside and what issues they had in their local areas. The group discussed their concerns with Joy and they developed a list of priorities and way to address these.
Make a Difference challenge
Each year, one or two classes take part in a Make a Difference challenge project, through the Young Citizens charity https://www.youngcitizens.org/. This is a child-led project where the children take part in democratic decisions to choose a community cause they wish to make a difference to, carry out research into the topic and plan how to make a difference as a class. In our school, this has previously involved an anti-litter campaign, supporting the elderly, improving our local environment and a project to save the bees.
A survey completed before and after a project showed an impressive improvement in pupil attitudes to a number of areas of SMSC including:
- I think I should help make our community a better place.
- If a problem comes along, I believe I can find a way to solve it.
- I think I can help make our community a better place.
- If others have different ideas from me, I respect that.
- I know how to find out what people in my community think about things.
It also helped children to develop more confidence in other aspects of learning with all of these scores increasing greatly:
- I am able to write a letter to an important person.
- I know how to decide which ideas are best.
- I am able to speak confidently in front of my whole school in assembly.
- If I don’t know much about a topic I know how to find out more.
Look out for information about which causes our Y3 and Y5 classes will be supporting this year.