At Salisbury Road, we believe that the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils is of the highest importance. Through the development of our curriculum drivers - Emotional Awareness, Knowledge of the World, Enquiry and Possibilities and our New Curriculum we endeavour to fully develop the whole child; thus ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential, enabling them to become well rounded citizens who are fully prepared for life in Modern Britain.
We believe that Spiritual development is a continuous process with assemblies and our ‘New Curriculum’ helping pupils to reflect on their own and others’ beliefs on a regular basis.
Whole school assemblies focus on a wide range of issues and themes including, Christian beliefs, Religious Festivals, Building Learning Power, World events and World issues, and pupil’s safety. Weekly praise assemblies foster pupil’s unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve while termly Head teacher’s assemblies reward learning and positive attitudes towards life. All of this results in pupils who take interest in and respect different people’s feelings and values while developing their own sense of self.
The RE curriculum follows the Devon Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2014, and details can be found below.
Children are encouraged to use their ‘Learning Journals’ in school to develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. They are also encouraged to continue their learning experiences through a range of homework tasks in their independent learning outside of school.
Children in our school are taught to consider what is right and wrong and how to apply this in their everyday lives. Our children know that when they make the wrong choices they are always provided with the opportunity to reflect and consider how their choices have affected others and forgiveness is strongly promoted. Through the introduction of the curriculum driver – emotional well-being children are taught to be tolerant and empathetic of others as well as fundamental British values underpinning the curriculum.
Children are taught about all forms of bullying and are encourage to challenge others when faced with wrong choices. E-safety is an on-going priority and the school has an active E-Safety team, with pupil representatives. Pupils are also given responsibility to support their peers in their roles as Play Leaders and School Councillors.
We aim foster a school community in which all pupils are included and where children are taught to celebrate their differences. Our School Council encourages pupils to cooperate and communicate with each other and the curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop an interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels, including the lives of pupils in other countries and events that take place in our local area. The new curriculum driver – possibilities, allows children to explore how people can grow up to fulfil a wide range of roles in today’s modern society as well as fostering their own future aspirations.
The introduction of ‘Volunteering Club’ in 2014 was a resounding success, with 45 children completing 10 hours of voluntary service and thus obtaining a special ‘Vinspired ’ 'V-Thank you' certificate, a nationally recognised award for their efforts. This involved children taking part in a range of activities to benefit the school and wider community including; litter picking in three local parks, brass rubbing and cleaning at the school’s local church and reading to Nursery Children at a local nursery School.
All stakeholders at Salisbury Road are dedicated to taking every opportunity to ensure that our pupils are taught to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences and cultural activities.
Performing arts are embraced and as a result, our children’s lives are enriched. Each year all children in the school are provided with the experience of performing to their friends and family. All pupils learn to play the Ukulele in year 4 and enjoy the opportunity to perform for the local community. The school also has a school choir and a junk band. Since September 2014 children have been provided with the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, this has grown in popularity over the last few years, with now more than 40+ children learning instruments such as: the guitar, keyboard, violin and saxophone .
Further to this, each year group participates in enrichment activities including: history days, artist workshops, museum and university visits and sporting events. The ‘Food for Life’ project helps our children and families develop a better understanding of the journey from field to fork and participate in cooking and growing activities within school and hopefully at home!
As a school, we are pleased to offer a wide variety of clubs, showing that our children are keen to pursue their interests in their own time. We are also proud to say that we have achieved 'Gold' in the Sainsburys School Games Mark.