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Our Vision



Curriculum Content & Design

As we have developed Be The Best Me for the children attending Heyes Lane, we know that it meets the specific needs of our pupils. The curriculum has been structured in two separate areas: SMSC and Emotional Intelligence. Each of these aspects make up one half of the subject and therefore have equal weighting in the curriculum. Both aspects, SMSC and Emotional Intelligence, have been planned with the needs of the children in each year group at the forefront of everything we teach. We have devised a progressive curriculum which shows how learning develops appropriately from EYFS to Year 6. The area of SMSC is taught both thematically and as stand-alone Be The Best Me themes for one half hour session per week. Emotional Intelligence is only taught discretely through one weekly half hour circle time session or Mindfulness lesson. We value a connected environment and recognise the importance of children feeling safe, confident and valued. Our lessons provide children with the opportunity to ask questions and carefully consider and respect the opinions of others..

  • SMSC

    Healthy Bodies:Happy Minds

    We feel it is essential to teach children about physical and mental health. They need to recognise that one is as important as the other and they are truly interlinked. Mental health has become a major issue – even for children and for this reason it is crucial we teach them ways in which we can help manage their mental health in the same way we would with our physical health. Growing and Changing is a separate area which covers the statutory RSE content we deliver at Heyes Lane.


    Character Traits & Personal Attributes

    Heyes Lane has five defining core values – these encompass the character traits and personal attributes we believe are important for our children and staff to demonstrate every day at school. We want the children to be kind and caring, and to persevere and achieve their goals despite setbacks – regardless of their ability. Therefore we feel it is important to teach them that forming strong and positive relationships with others depends on developing these virtues. 

    Connecting Me with My World

    The children will learn the importance of forming relationships with others and why equality and diversity is important in our world today. The Relationships strand will focus on links with friends, families and the local community. The Equality and Diversity strand will consider those aspects and interests that make us all unique.

  • Emotional Intelligence

    Circle Time

    Our weekly circle time sessions provide the opportunity for the children to learn about their feelings, recognise how they can manage these appropriately and how to show empathy when interacting with their peers. The range of emotions are age-appropriate and are discussed progressively as the children move through the school. These sessions help children to understand that we all feel differently at different times and these range of emotions are normal.


    The formal mindfulness lessons are designed to give the children the practical strategies to manage how they feel on a daily basis. These strategies, which can be used in school or at home, help the children to feel calm and in control.

Progression & Outcome

Children will leave our school as young people who: 

  • have the information that they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing
  • understand physical health and mental wellbeing are interlinked
  • understand that good physical health contributes to good mental wellbeing
  • can persevere with tasks
  • understand what is meant by resilience and can continue despite setbacks
  • have positive self-esteem and believe they can achieve
  • have respect for themselves and others
  • are open-minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible members of society
  • can appreciate difference and diversity
  • can develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future.
  • understand the aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • understand and manage their emotions
  • have the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect