Bickleigh Down CofE Primary School

‘Spurring each other on with love’

Personal Development

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates Relationships and Health Education.  It aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

As a school, we have decided to use an enquiry-based model for the teaching of PSHE. Each week the children will focus their learning on a big question that will help them to delve deeper into the topic that they are studying. This approach builds on the success of our enquiry based RE curriculum and its spiral approach to learning.

Our PSHE curriculum supports pupils to understand how to stay safe in their relationships as well as in wider safety from common risks such as roads, medicines and strangers.  The curriculum also supports pupils to know more about being physically and mentally healthy and to develop an economic understanding. 

Alongside the computing curriculum, the PSHE curriculum enables pupils to know about the different forms of media, their impact and risks with online content and the media. 


For further information on Spirituality, please follow the link below:

Spirituality | Bickleigh Down Church of England Primary School (

Show Racism the Red Card - Friday 21st October 2022 


Every heart and every mind that we change changes at least one life but has the capacity to change hundreds, if not thousands of others. Be the difference. Change hearts. Change minds. Change lives. - Shaka Hislop.


Today, the Bickleigh pupil and staff participated in Show Racism the Red Card's annual Wear Red Day. We united against racism by promoting the SRtRC message by wearing red and celebrating our wonderful, diverse community.  



Gardening Club Raise Funds to Buy Plants!

Gardening Club organised an ice lolly sale on Feel Good Friday to raise money to buy plants for around the school grounds.  They really enjoyed planning and promoting the event as well as selling ice lollies.  Thank you to all the school family for supporting the event - you really spurred the Gardening Club on with love.  We hope the ice lollies cooled you all down on a very hot day!

Ali and Thomas Selling Ice Lollies

British Values

Individual Liberty

  • A strong school vision based on Hebrews 10:24 that is central to all we do and lived out by the school means that all are included, valued and spurred on to be the best that they can be.

· Having pride in and belonging to our school family and community.

· Using our school values of love, aspiration, forgiveness, hope and spirit to reflect on when there are problems.

· Understanding, following and living out our school values.

· A strong focus and understanding of spirituality means that children are empowered to make choices and understand consequences.

· Having worthwhile roles and responsibilities in school such as Spirit Detectives, Worship Leaders, School Monitors, Library Monitors, Play leaders and School Council.

· Understanding how to keep safe using our Online Safety policy as well as our PSHE, RSHE and SMSC curriculum.

  • An RSHE and PSHE curriculum that reflects on the Christian view that all are fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 39:14).

Pinning Ceremony Summer Term 2022

British Traditions and Heritage

· This is woven throughout the curriculum.

· Examples include the study of prominent characters from our history and visits from local artists. The effect of WW2 on our area, the study of traditional literature and our local area, the study of and influence of the Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Romans.

· School elections, Remembrance day, Sporting and Royal occasions, Guy Fawkes and Easter activities.

  • A strong RE curriculum which features a local focus, enabling children to find out about local, national and global worldview communities, their history, culture and the diversity.
  • Strong links with Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity means that the children are able to meet with people of faith and different worldviews to find out about local, national and global history, culture and heritage.

The Rule of Law

· School rules are discussed and agreed upon in each classroom, linking to the whole school behaviour policy.

· Children have strong links with our local emergency services.

· Children have regular opportunities to reflect on their behaviour and learning through our school values, daily collective worship and daily activities.

  • The use of Windows, Mirrors and Doors means that the children have a strong understanding of spirituality and are able to reflect upon their own actions and those of others.
  • Regular meetings of the Spirit Detectives which include discussing how the school values are being shown across the school and the impact that these have upon behaviour and school rules.

 · School council have regular meetings which include discussing school rules and behaviour policies.


The Fire and Rescue Service visited Year Two

Mutual Respect

 · A strong Christian vision which is based on Hebrews 10:24and let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds’ ensures that all members of our school family are spurred on to be the best that they can be.  Just as the writer of the Hebrews spurred them on to be more Christlike, as a school community we spur each other on to love our neighbour as ourselves.

  • Anti-Bullying week is celebrated annually.

· Team Building and Competitive Sports through a range of clubs, Collective Worship and whole school activities.

· Ensuring positive relationships are modelled child-adult, adult-child.

· Weekly awards achievement assemblies.

  • Children nominate each other when they see that they are showing our school Christian values, this is celebrated with a Values Star Award in Collective Worship.
  • As a school, we recognise the importance of forgiveness, any friendship issues are dealt with quickly so that forgiveness can be sort, given and friendships restored.  This ensures that we are able to spur each other on with love and value each other’s individuality.
  • A strong focus on personal knowledge in RE means that children are able to consider their own views on the way that others live their lives.

· Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning taught across the school through our SMSC, PSHE, RSHE and RE curriculum.

· Playleaders, Spirit Detectives, Worship Leaders and regular Collective Worship to promote and develop concepts of respect and individual self-esteem.

· School values and displays.


Year Six Team Building


Democracy is promoted and embedded within the school.

  • Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Having and being part of a school council.
  • Children and parent questionnaires.
  • Children involved in marking comments and correspondence.
  • Each teacher has different ways in which the pupils make their voices heard in the classroom e.g. through Circle Time, discussions and debates and decisions over class rules.
  • Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Pupil Conferences and questionnaires, Cheerful Checkers, Collective Worship evaluations and feedback.
  • We encourage a respect for democracy by modelling the voting process in everyday school life where appropriate.  Children are involved in democratic process such as elections for School Council, Monitor roles, Spirit Detectives and Worship Leaders.   These roles of responsibility are all voted for by the children in each year group.
  • Values Awards are chosen weekly by the children through a voting process and presented in Collective Worship
  • We try to challenge injustice through our curriculum e.g. we promote Black History Month every year and look at people such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks in our Worship Calendar.

Debate Club Summer 2022

This term, the debate club are researching arguments for and against whether the Queen should abdicate.   

Tolerance of Culture and Faiths of others

·The school subscribes to Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity and has access to a range of religious and non-religious speakers who visit in RE lessons.

  • Year Six take part in learning about and commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day.
  • Our worldviews approach to RE ensures that children find out about the diversity within worldviews and non-religious worldviews.
  • Our RE curriculum ensures that children understand that everybody has a worldview but that we can all live well together no matter what our views are.
  • Where possible, we ensure that we have a range of visitors to school who come from different traditions so that children can find out about diversity of belief.
  • Our RE curriculum regularly focuses on the difference between religion and culture and how these can at times intertwine. 
  • During our RE lessons, we focus on different people from different worldviews to look at how they live out their beliefs.  The children have found out about Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu and many other figures.  
  • Educational visit and reciprocal visitors.

· Regular collective worship including those led by faith leaders.

· Daily opportunities for reflection and to gain a deeper understanding.

· RE Curriculum with activities which promote recognition of similarities between religions.

· PHSE, RSHE and SMSC Curriculum.