At Hartford Manor our aim is that children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. They will learn about the five British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Tolerance, Respect and Individual Liberty.
Relational practice runs through the heart of our school. As part of a whole school approach, Personal, Social and Health Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE is taught through three main approaches:
1) A PSHE Scheme of Work that builds year on year through lessons on 'Relationships', 'Health and Well-Being' and 'Living in the Wider World'. (See attached overview)
2) No Outsiders teaching resource- Using a variety of quality children's literature to teach children about the Equality Act. Each year, we invite parents to share an overview of the books and lesson objectives.
3) Sex Education- using the Christopher Winter resources.
The children at Hartford Manor experience a curriculum that extends beyond direct teaching to facilitate their broader development. The curriculum and wider work of the school supports pupils to be confident, resilient and independent.
Children in Years 3-6 participate in overnight residential visits within Cheshire, the Lake District and London. Activities include nature art, canoeing, zip wires, team-building exercises, visits to iconic buildings and a live theatre performance. Children are encouraged to take care of their own belongings and to organise themselves. Where appropriate, residential activities are directly associated with the subjects and topics taught in class. For example, the Year 6 children spend a term learning about London before they visit.
Pupil voice is valued greatly at Hartford Manor. Two Year 5 children represent Hartford Manor within a local Child Parliament. They meet regularly with other student representatives to discuss local issues and plan activities to address them. The children at Hartford Manor conduct themselves well in the meetings, showing good listening and communication skills. The Hartford Manor School Council comprises of pupil representatives from Years 3-6. They meet regularly to discuss school issues or given topics. Recently, they have contributed to the Child-friendly safeguarding policy, and a playground development project.
Children in Year 6 take part in a number of activities to develop life-skills. These include Bikeability, Basic First Aid, Money matters, survival skills in a local nature reserve and the opportunity to perform on stage in a theatre. They particularly enjoy their roles and responsibilities in school, such as Head Boy and Girl, Reading Buddies and Sports Ambassadors. Some Year 6 lessons are taught by teachers from the local high school, this supports their transition to high school and enables some subject areas such as French, to be taught by a specialist teacher.
Inter-school sports competitions also contribute to the Personal Development of our pupils. Children have taken part in football tournaments, netball tournaments and most recently, a boccia and curling tournament. The children’s achievements both in and out of school, are celebrated during our fortnightly celebration assembly. Children are presented with certificates and medals, in front of an audience, and congratulated.
Each year, the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One perform a Christmas celebration or Nativity, in the school hall. Year 3 and 4 also perform a show on stage in school, in the second half of the spring term. Year 5 and 6 perform their annual show, in the Grange Theatre.
Our Ofsted report in 2017 found:
'Pupils are delightful and a credit to the school and their families. As we toured the
school, I observed happy, confident pupils who are keen to learn. Pupils were very
keen to talk to me. They clearly contribute to decision-making in the school and
relish the responsibilities you give them as members of the school council, sports
ambassadors and safety councillors.'