Safeguarding in the Curriculum
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Moorside Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share and demonstrate this commitment is every aspect of their work.
Safeguarding of pupils and the promotion of fundamental British Values are at the core of our work at Moorside Primary School. Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to learn about keeping themselves safe, both emotionally and physically. Lessons across the curriculum enable our children to develop an understanding of diversity whilst acquiring the knowledge and skills that positively impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare.
We value pupils’ questions and give children space to develop their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. Opportunities enable children to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding. We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. Themes such as:
- Managing emotional needs
- Developing resilience and a growth mindset
- What makes a family
- Challenging stereotypes
- Sex and relationships education
- E-safety and digital awareness
- Water and sea safety
- Dangers of extremism: Safeguarding knowledge is deepened
We aim to provide many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.
In addition to this practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:
- Road safety (through out of school visits and bikeability)
- Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons
- What to do if you are separated from your group E.g. on a school visit
- Safe use of technology and the internet
- The rule of law and community awareness through our local PCSO
- The importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise for both physical and mental wellbeing.
Our behaviour policy promotes good choices and choice language is used with the children at our school. Children are taught the consequences of making good and bad choices.
Assembly time is used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. Regular visits by the emergency services such as the fire service and the PCSO allow our children to learn how to keep themselves and others safe during Bonfire Night and Halloween.
Teachers are quick to challenge stereotypes and derogatory language in lessons and around the school. Our broad curriculum reflects the diversity of children’s experiences and provide pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience. Throughout the curriculum there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths, races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations, through their words, actions and their influence.