Experience, Excel and Enjoy
At Pinehurst Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.
In Year 6, pupils undertake an intense topic about the Liverpool docks and the history behind the pivotal role they played in the British Empire and beyond. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute's silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.
In Year 3 or 4, pupils study local 'The Vikings’ who have played a huge part in raising the profile of the area shaping our country. In Literacy lessons, the unit on authors and letters allow us to explore some of the significant authors which also us to explore their experiences and the diverse culture this brings. We have also explored the Anglo-Saxons and the influence they have had on the British Isles. In particularly we have recently held a Viking food day supported by the our food advisor ( see the photos in our gallery section!)
In Year 2, there is a strong focus on the work of Florence Nightingale and how she assisted British soldiers in Scutari so they could convalesce after being injured. Florence Nightingale is seen as a 'martyr' by many children in the year group as they find her work and approach to making changes to hospitals both fascinating and inspiring.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country.
We have also received visits from local footballers and Olympians which allow us to explore the Olympic values and how they relate to our society. We also have strong links within our own community which helps to strengthen our tolerance and understanding of what makes Britain – Britain.
More recently, we celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George with special assemblies and themed lessons. The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with parents invited to a 'street party' event held in the playgrounds. Traditional children's party food of jelly and ice-cream, jam sandwiches and cloudy lemonade were served to all. We also promoted the values through our school Summer Fayre which has a root in British culture.
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies and collective worship which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. As well as a staff promoting the values throughout everyday school life.
We have also made links with other schools in the local community and in the wider community exploring discussing SEAL and topic based themes through Skype.