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The Parklands Person

What is a Parklands Person?

Our ethos is centred around the aim of ensuring that every child becomes a Parklands Person. A Parklands Person is always positive, kind, safe, polite, important and respectful. These are six words which are very important to our children and which were chosen by our pupil council. They sum up everything that we want our children to be and underpin everything that we do here at Parklands. Our children know that if they are a Parklands Person, they are ready to be good citizens of the world! 

 

 

Our children are always striving to be a Parklands Person but each half term we have a particular focus to allow us to help children to know what this actually means and what this looks like in practice. Our assemblies and PSHCE curriculum are all centred around this and each week in our achievement assembly, a pupil from each class is rewarded with a certificate for demonstrating these values as follows:

 

Autumn 1:      Respectful

Autumn 2:      Kind

Spring 1:        Safe

Spring 2:        Important

Summer 1:     Polite

Summer 2:     Positive

 

Teaching in these areas is differentiated across the school to ensure that being a Parklands Person is explained in an age appropriate way. After all, a Parklands Person in our nursery will demonstrate that they are positive, for example, in a very different way to which a Parklands Person in Year 2 will. Our Parklands Person statements therefore outline what being a Parklands Person looks like in each area of the school:    

 

 

The Parklands Person and Fundamental British Values

Schools are now required to ensure that pupils have an understanding of fundamental British values. These values are: the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance of others, individual liberty and democracy. The Parklands Person ethos allows us to easily ensure that all of our pupils, no matter how young, have an understanding of these values and are able to live them out in their everyday lives. As a school, we know exactly how a Parklands Person lives out these values as follows:

 

The Rule of Law (Safe)

  • We have clear systems for administering rewards and sanctions within the school and teach the children the importance of these.
  • We teach children how to stay safe and that rules are often to help keep us safe e.g. the pants rule, Smartie the Penguin, visits from the fire service, teaching about Safer Strangers, Safer Places.
  • Children are encouraged to share their worries through worry boxes and being aware of all adults who will help them.
  • We take part in sports events, competitions and festivals through which children understand rules and the importance of good sportsmanship.

 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Others (Respectful, Kind, Polite)

  • Children take part in fund raising events e.g. Poppy Appeal, Guide Dogs charity, Canaan Trust.
  • We have a clear RE curriculum which looks at a range of major world faiths.
  • Different cultures are looked at through our Art, History and Geography curriculum and children are often able to experience different foods and clothes.
  • We have a clear Anti-Bullying policy and all children understand what bullying is and what they should do about it.
  • Each term we come together as a school to celebrate a religious festival from one of the worlds major faiths.
  • In our school library, children are able to access a wide range of non fiction books about different countries, cultures and religions.
  • Each year we celebrate Black History Month, looking at a range of inspirational people.
  • We have clear expectations for behaviour and model to our pupils how to show respect and good manners to others.
  • We give children the opportunity to share their experiences out of school through ‘News Time’ and ‘Show and Tell.’

 

Individual Liberty (Positive, Important, Polite)

  • Children are often given the opportunity to choose their own learning, choosing from a wide range of carefully planned activities and learning through play.
  • Children are encouraged to share their talents through our assemblies and annual Parklands’ Got Talent competition.
  • Children know that their opinions are valued as adults often ask them what they think and conduct pupil interviews.
  • Children are given roles of responsibility e.g. Pupil Councillor, Safeguarding Team member.
  • All children have personal targets to work towards.
  • Children are able to choose their own books to read from within our reading scheme.
  • Children are given the opportunity to challenge themselves within lessons, choosing which level of difficulty they access a task at.
  • Children are taught that they have the right to say ‘no’ to things which make them feel uncomfortable through our PSCHE curriculum.
  • Children are helped to understand that they have to take responsibility for the choices that they make through our rewards and sanctions system.

Democracy (Important)

  • We hold an annual ‘Parklands’ Got Talent’ event in which children vote for their favourite acts.
  • Children vote for their peers to take particular roles e.g. Pupil Councillor, Eco Team representative.
  • Children are given choices about what they learn through planning discussions with their teachers.
  • Our children are given a voice through our pupil council, safeguarding team, eco team, playground buddies and monitors.
  • We regularly seek the opinions of our pupils through pupil interviews and end of year surveys.

 

 

The Parklands Person and Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual Development

As well as our wider curriculum, the Parklands Person ethos also allows us to ensure that all of our pupils develop socially, morally, culturally and spiritually. We offer a wide range of experiences to our pupils within the curriculum, from visiting Twycross Zoo to working with real-life palaeontologists, but our Parklands Person experiences also allow them to get out into the community and see what it actually means to be a good citizen of the world. The experiences we provide are outlined below:

 

Type of Experience

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Whole School

Eco (kind, respectful)

Improving the school grounds with planting

School based litter picking

Community based project

Visit the recycle centre

Celebrating Green Day

Multi-Cultural

(respectful)

Study of a religious festival

Visit the local church

Lead the Harvest Celebration

 

Experience Christmas workshop

Experience Easter workshop

 

Visit another place of worship

Religious figure to lead assembly in school

The Arts

(positive)

Whole class art project to produce a giant piece of art

Whole class art project to produce a giant piece of art

Work with an artist on a project

Visit a museum/ gallery

Watch a live musical performance and live stage show

Performing Arts

(positive)

Nursery Rhyme Challenge

Story Recital

Poetry Recital/ Choral Speaking event

Singing Stars concert

Big Sing

 

Summer concert

 

Christmas concerts

 

Parklands’ Got Talent

Sports

(positive, important)

Sponsored Scootathon

Class v class intra school competition

Forest School type activity

Outward bound activity

Competitive sporting event

Outdoor bound activity

Sports Day

 

Sports Partnership competition and festivals

Community

(polite, kind, important)

Visit the allotments

Visit to the community garden

Write letters to the mayor to find out about projects we can take part in

 

Provide a picnic lunch for a local group

Canvas community opinions about the local area

 

Visit the Town Hall

 

Host an event for the older community

Raise money for a charity

Safety

(safe)

Visit from an emergency service

 

Road Safety Course

Visit from the PCSO

Fire Safety Workshop

NSPCC Assembly

 

SunSafe activities

 

Aspirations

(positive)

Dressing up as what jobs they want to have for a day

Q&A with parents regarding jobs

Visit a local business

Write to inspirational figures

KS1 – 21st centurions

 

Enterprise week

Friendship/ Team Building

(kind, polite, important)

Joint Teddy Bears Picnic

Helping Hands session with the Nursery

Y1 based friendship activities with other schools

Write to an international school

Wellbeing Days

 

If you would like to find out any more information about what it means to be a Parklands Person and how we promote this in school, please speak to a member of staff. The documents below also provide more information - please feel free to download a copy of each.