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At Mill Lane we use the non-statutory guidance from the National Curriculum as a basis for our programme of study. Our main aim throughout our PSHCE curriculum is to give our pupils are good understanding of ways in which they can keep themselves safe.  This is supported using lessons and materials from The Rights Respecting Schools and Values Based Education. Each year group has planned objectives for British Values, SRE and Citizenship. Additional SRE lessons are delivered by the school nurse in the summer term for Year 6. Economic education is giving a strong emphasis during ‘My Money’ week and also through enterprise initiatives throughout the year. We have a whole school approach whereby a key Article and Value is focussed on every half term. These change each year to ensure depth of learning.  A quality lesson is taught each half term to promote the current Right and Value.  This is supported through assemblies and regular circle time discussions.


Articles and Values

  • Friendship:
    • Article 15: You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.
  • Freedom:
    • Article 12: You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously
    • Article 14: You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you.
  • Respect:
    • Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
  • Happiness:
    • Article 19: You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
  • Quality:
    • Article 28: You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
  • Appreciation:
    • Article 6: You have the right to be alive and be well.

At Mill Lane we want to encourage children to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and community. Our children have the opportunity to contribute to school life by becoming class or whole school monitors, Language Ambassadors, Playground Friends, Librarians or School Council Members.


At Mill Lane we provide opportunities in lessons for children to experience the following:

  • Understand beliefs and teachings
  • Understand practices and lifestyles
  • Understand how beliefs are conveyed
  • Explore family routines and customs
  • Reflect
  • Develop understanding values
  • Talk about similarities and differences between families, communities and traditions
  • Visit different places of worship
  • Participate in a variety of communities and social settings, cooperating well with others
  • Use a range of different resources to support the entire curriculum to help pupils understand and welcome diversity:
  • Read signs around the school in other languages (classrooms and communal areas)
  • Work in all curriculum areas in different groupings

For more information, please go to long term plans.

Events and trips

KS2 had a UK Parliamentary Assembly where we found out all about what happens in Parliament and how new laws are created. Year 5 met our local MP Alex Cunningham and got to ask him lots of questions. We even got his autograph! Then we held our own debate about whether homework should be banned.