Ethical and Active Citizenship

 

 

Our Vision

We can all make a difference. Our aim is for all of our children, and the rest of the Heyes Lane community, to believe this about themselves and of others. Ethical and Active Citizenship embodies our values, beliefs and ethos of life at Heyes Lane Primary school. We believe in trust, honesty and fairness; so we aim to nurture our pupils to become active and ethical citizens. We want our children to grow up with a desire to make the world a better place; to care about themselves, their community and the wider world.

Active Citizenship involves people working together to make positive differences to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally. We aim to educate and provide a range of opportunities for our children at Heyes Lane in order to produce motivated and responsible learners, who relate positively to peers, to staff and to the surrounding community.

Through teaching our bespoke Ethical and Active Citizenship curriculum, we explore the challenges facing children and society today, and provide opportunities to inspire and prepare pupils to take action now, and in the future, to make a positive difference in the world around them. We want to enable children to believe that they can understand and react to what is happening around them. We will prepare them to play an active role in school and society through their developing knowledge, skills and values and will encourage them to be thoughtful and caring citizens.

Curriculum Overview

Being an Active and Ethical Citizen is not a knowledge set we can just teach, but a way of thinking and acting – an ethos that we want to inspire. We do not just want to teach Citizenship, we want our pupils to demonstrate it. We can inspire and prepare them to play an active role in school and in society through developing their knowledge, skills and values.

Our bespoke EAC curriculum is divided into two parts, our Social Action projects, and the Teaching curriculum.

We run EAC projects across the school, which embed social action in every year of a child’s life in the school in a meaningful way. We all need to believe in Active Citizenship.

Children, staff, parents and other members of the community all need to come together to drive our ethos forward. This makes it exciting, fair and inclusive and will lead to a bigger impact and a greater shift in mind-set. Have a look below at some of the social Action projects we are working on now!

The Teaching Curriculum

Our curriculum supports a community where people participate and belong; every one of us can make a difference. We just need the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to do so. The curriculum we teach as ‘Active and Ethical Citizens’ has been designed using a breadth of knowledge, concepts and skills we believe are essential for our children to learn in order to become active citizens and understand our world.

We want our children to leave Heyes Lane with an understanding of how society works. Looking at our local communities, to the wider communities of the UK and the rest of the globe, we need to understand our world. We have divided the EAC curriculum into two parts – People and Planet.

People – we cover objectives to do with British Values the law, human rights, the economy and politics. We look at Diversity and Inclusion and Peace and Conflict.

Planet – We learn about caring for our communities, the importance and priority of Climate change, sustainability and energy. We look at different types of pollution and fair trade and what we can do to make a difference.

The aim of this is to inspire and equip Active and Ethical citizens. We believe this will help our children develop their self-confidence and belief that they can have a voice and make a difference, impacting and developing our society. It enables them to have a sense of pride in their achievements and contributions and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities as they grow up.

EYFS / KS1 Overview

In Early Years and key stage one, the core foundations for this curriculum are set. We start by asking questions about all of the topics to be covered, and ensuring a general understanding of the key terms and outcomes of this subject.

What is sustainability? Why do we need to fight for climate change?  Why do we have law – how does it work? What is inclusion?  Why is plastic pollution so bad? What is a gender stereotype?  How can we make a change now?

KS2 Overview

Now the children have the foundations of this subject in place and understand what it means to be an ethical and active citizen and why it is so important, we can build on this knowledge and really develop the children’s critical thinking and drive to make a difference. We encourage class debates, persuasive writing, speech, and getting involved in campaigns in our school community and beyond.

What was the role of women in the war? What makes a good leader? What is spirit? What can we do about deforestation? How can I have an impact on society?

What is a social Action Project?

Our social action projects are an opportunity to engage the children at Heyes Lane in a meaningful project. Social Action is when individuals or groups of people identify an issue in their local, wider and national communities then take action to address it. It can be through raising awareness, fundraising, taking practical action or social enterprise.

Social action projects should provide a triple benefit – to the child, to the school and to the community. These should be chosen by children to address issues they feel important. They are reactive and changeable depending on current affairs. 

Pupils, staff and the Heyes Lane community will deliver and run a project, which they feel passionate about. It brings a sense of pride and belonging but also an understanding of why we hold fundraising events and how our help benefits different groups of people. We aim to ensure the children believe that they can make a difference, as they will have evidence of doing so actively.

We run these projects across the whole school, which embed social action in every year of a child’s life in the school in a meaningful way. We aim for these projects to be chosen by the children, as the most effective projects are those that mean something to us. Things we care about and want to make a difference. Some examples so far of projects we are working on are supporting the Manchester homeless charity ‘Don’t Walk Past’, working with CAFT and donating and working with the local foodbank. This year we also hope to start many other projects, hopefully to include learning about and protecting the bee population, campaigning for less food waste with supermarkets and planting trees. We are excited about launching our whole school campaign ’50 Ways to save the planet’ in the New Year. We want to make a difference in as many ways as we can!

What is a social Action Project?

Our social action projects or ‘mini themes’ are an opportunity to engage the children at Heyes Lane in a meaningful project. Social Action is when individuals or groups of people identify an issue in their local, wider and national communities then take action to address it. It can be through raising awareness, fundraising, taking practical action or social enterprise.

Intent

Social action projects should provide a triple benefit – to the child, to the school and to the community. These should be chosen by children to address issues they feel important. They can be reactive/changeable depending on current affairs. 

Outcomes

Pupils, staff and the Heyes Lane community will deliver and run a project, which they feel passionate about. It brings a sense of pride and belonging but also an understanding of why we hold fundraising events and how our help benefits different groups of people. We aim to ensure the children believe that they can make a difference, as they will have evidence of doing so actively.

Latest News

 

Nursery support CAFT’s Christmas Appeal

Nursery support CAFT’s Christmas Appeal

Nursery have led a campaign to collect presents for CAFT's Christmas Appeal.  As a whole school, parents and children have supported this cause by donating gifts and selection boxes for CAFT to give to families in need over the Christmas period.  Thanks to...

Children in Need 2022

Children in Need 2022

Well done to Year 6 for their annual fundraising event - you managed to raise over £2600 for Children in Need! The Year 6 children worked so hard to design and run their own stalls.  Thank you to everyone for your support.

Year 1 support the Foodbank 2022

Year 1 support the Foodbank 2022

This year, our Year 1 pupils have once again led the campaign to support the foodbank and collect donations from the school community.  These will be taken to our local foodbank to support families in need in the local area. 

Year 5 at CAFT – July 22

Year 5 at CAFT – July 22

Year 5 worked with CAFT in the Summer term to raise some money for the charity. They completed a sponsored walk around the track raising over £1500! They were lucky enough to visit the farm in the Summer term and enjoy the fabulous facilities they have on offer. Well...

Our Planet – Year 5

Our Planet – Year 5

In year 5 as part of our topic ‘Our planet and beyond’ we looked at how we can all make a small difference and collectively have a bigger impact to help our planet. We all made a pledge for the planet.

Odd Socks Day

Odd Socks Day

On 23rd March we celebrated ‘Diversity Day’ at Heyes Lane. We talked about how everyone was different and unique in so many ways. We celebrated World Down’s syndrome day and learnt about neurodiversity day. We all wore odd socks to celebrate!

Bees!

Bees!

Year 2 are learning about bees and how important they are. We were lucky enough to have one of our children’s parents visit who told us all about his interest in beekeeping. It was very interesting to learn about the equipment that the beekeeper uses, how many...

Local Elections

Local Elections

      After learning about Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette movement, year 3 went out into Timperley to encourage people to use their vote in this year’s election. Keep an eye out for their posters in and around the village!

Christmas Carols at Wyncourt Nursing Home

Christmas Carols at Wyncourt Nursing Home

Some children from 4KB visited Wyncourt nursing home to deliver some handmade christmas cards to the residents. While they were there they sang some christmas carols and spread a little christmas cheer. Well done 4KB! 

Keep checking in on our website, our Facebook page and out Twitter account to see what other projects we are working on at Heyes Lane. Your support helps us!

We can all make a difference.