Alfred Street Junior
ALFRED STREET
Junior School

Telephone: 01933 353762

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

Religious education is based on the County's Agreed Syllabus. It is taught as an introduction to each child's individual religious quest. Children are taught about religions and beliefs from their own and other cultures using a variety of resources. These religions include Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam. The daily assembly is a valued part of our school life, allowing children to share in experiences that are spiritually and morally uplifting. It also brings a sense of unity to the school community.

The school makes arrangements for parents to exercise their right of withdrawal from Religious Education.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP

We seek to develop within our children independence of mind, self-reliance, self-respect and self-discipline. Consideration and respect for others, a sense of fairness and an understanding of right and wrong, is central to the learning of our children.

Throughout the school, we endeavour to give our children an understanding of the need to care for their own bodies through correct diet, cleanliness and personal hygiene. Our Sex and Relationships Education Programme is designed to give our children the knowledge and understanding which will enable them to behave in a responsible manner and to cope with the changes in themselves. Parents, whose contribution to Health Education is much valued, will be informed before our Year 6 Sex and Relationships Education Programme begins and given an opportunity to preview the material used. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any aspect of the Sex and Relationships Education Programme that is not included in the science curriculum.

Through our Drugs Education work we aim to increase children's awareness of the implications and possible consequences of the use and misuse of drugs. We teach our children to apply the knowledge and skills in judging risk and being safe, in the home, at play and on the roads, as well as in school.

In studying Citizenship, we prepare our children to become active and responsible citizens. We encourage them to become aware of community, global and environmental issues. Children have the opportunity to influence decision making within the school through class council meetings and the election of a school council.

We also develop understanding of emotions and how we experience and control them – this is assisted by the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) Programme. Within the PSHE guidelines, anger-management, self-esteem and social skills are also taught.

The PSHE and C Programme is delivered with the help of outside agencies, notably the local Fire Service, Health Service, Community Police Officers and a number of community organisations.

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES - FRENCH

We are committed to all children learning a modern foreign language, whatever their ability or special needs. In our school, we teach French. We also seek to develop our curriculum so that teaching a foreign language is an everyday part of it. We believe that the sooner children are exposed to a foreign language, the faster it can be acquired. Furthermore, we believe that children really enjoy learning to speak a new language and by introducing it at primary school,  they tend to be less self-conscious when speaking aloud