Personal development is both a subject and a school ethos. It is reflected in our school motto of Learning, Love and Laughter and in our school values.
Creativity – I try new ways of doing things
Curiosity – I like to explore and learn new things
Empathy – I know others have feelings and I look after them
Integrity – I can be strong and say what is true
Positivity – I can see opportunities and good in everything
Self-belief – I’m sure I will be able to do it. It may take time but it is possible
Responsibility – I can organise and do things for myself
Resilience – I keep trying even if it is hard
Children are growing up in a world that is constantly changing and it is crucial that we teach them how to navigate through life safely, happily and healthily. We feel this is the duty of all the staff at school in partnership with the parents. We teach children about relationships, emotions, reproduction and health, as well as transferable skills to help with life. We consistently promote British values.
Barnes Primary School teaches personal development in a wide range of ways throughout the children’s school lives. For example:
- It is taught both in discrete lessons and intertwined with other subjects, such as PE and English
- Staff members consistently model how to be a good citizen who uphold the school values
- We have discussions in assemblies
- Annual ‘Saving Londoners’ Lives’ Day to learn basic first aid
- Citizenship scheme in KS2
- Specialist staff working with individuals or groups
- E-Safety lessons in computing and assembly
- Celebrating positive learning attributes with weekly certificates
- Saving London’s Lives day
- Huge array of before and after school clubs
- Well thought through transitions throughout the school and beyond
- Focussing on mental and physical health
- Pupil council
Learning about different countries, cultures and religions
Please click here to see the curriculum map for personal development.
Please click here to see a more detailed curriculum with each lesson’s learning objectives.
For the school’s sex and relationships policy, please click here.
For the national curriculum for health and relationships, please click here.
For useful terminology definitions, please click here.
Parents and carers are not allowed to withdraw their children from health and relationship education as it is a compulsory subject as of September 2020. This includes the teaching of puberty. You may withdraw your child from sex education lessons. On the detailed curriculum map above, you see which lessons are non-compulsory. If you have any queries about your child taking part in any sex education lessons that are not currently on the national curriculum, please speak to the headteacher.