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Our Curriculum

Personal Development

Residental 3Personal development is at the heart of all that we do. We develop outward looking pupils who have the tools to communicate effectively and have a strong understanding of themselves, the wider community and the wider world. A range of additional opportunities enrich learning taught from Early Years and through to year 6. We help pupils develop their own character, to know that individual differences should be valued, to be resilient, reflective, to have empathy and respect for one another.

Through our taught curriculum for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RHSE), we teach pupils to recognise and manage online and offline risks. We teach them about healthy relationships and that sexual harassment of any kind is not tolerated. Our personal development curriculum supports pupils to be ready for their next stage in education, it weaves its way through every part of what we do.

At Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School, it is the responsibility of our school to develop and prepare children for the wider world and the ever-changing challenges that they will encounter. Brompton's commitment to personal development has led to planned provision which intertwines PSHE, Relationship and Health Education, SMSC and British Values.

26730693_2090049507895168_7776241664064258120_nIt is our intent to develop children that are confident communicators, that show tolerance and respect and to prepare them for the next step in their life journey. Our school vision and curriculum ensures that children are inquisitive, aspire to be the best version of themselves and face new challenges.  Overall, we teach them to have the courage to shine!

Please take the time to explore all the following aspects that provide an exciting and comprehensive personal development curriculum.

Building Cultural Capital

282045148_502016858385148_8243810043712690575_nEvery year to allow the development of cultural capital, all Year 6 children have the opportunity to visit London. Here, they are immersed in the culture and history of our capital city. They visit places such as Wembley Stadium, The Natural History Museum, The Tower of London, have a cruise down the River Thames, experience a West End show, visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and they also enjoy a visit to the Warner Brothers’ Studios. This provides an opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of London which is a huge contrast to rural villages in which our children live.

Our Year 5 children enjoy a residential visit to Peat Rigg where they are able to face new challenges through a range of outdoor, adventurous activities including abseiling from a bridge, beck scrambling and attempting to reach the top of Jacob’s Ladder.

In Year 4, children enjoy a night of camping at The Year 4 Campout. For many of our children, this is their first stay away from family. Here, they experience a range of different teamwork challenges such as an obstacle course, orienteering, a climbing wall, erecting their own tent and cooking on the campfire. This event is run by two of our Synergy School TA’s who are highly trained Forest School leaders. The event happens locally, in familiar surroundings with staff the children know. It’s a great first residential experience!

Educational Visits and Experiences:

26730693_2090049507895168_7776241664064258120_nTo enable children to fully understand a topic, we know that first hand experiences are the best way to learn. We try to provide children with carefully planned school trips and experiences through visitors in to school wherever possible. For example, when Year 3 were learning about creation within their RE lessons the learning was enhanced through a visit to Ripon Cathedral to see the 'Learning through Creation' exhibition. Opportunities for educational visits and experiences have been thoughtfully planned to enhance learning and cultural capital.

As part of our RE curriculum, we ensure that experiences, trips and visitors to school are planned in to enable children to understand a range of cultures and religions.

313920715_619266906660142_6079301140175301593_nWe also support our wider community through visits to our local church for events such as Remembrance and a recent Christmas tree festival which the choir performed at. At harvest we organise food and essential item donations to go to our local food bank, The Open Pantry. Some of our children in upper Key stage 2 have also been to visit a local residential care home at Christmas time- to sing carols and bring festive gifts to the residents. Through these activities we aim to be the best version of ourselves. 

School Sport

For many children, sport is a chance for them to have the 'courage to shine' and really excel. It’s also an opportunity for children to work as a team, build a healthy lifestyle and have some fun! In addition to the PE curriculum, children take part in a variety of intra and inter-school competitions.

In the summer term, we take part in The Synergy Schools Sports Day which is held at Catterick Athletics Stadium. The children compete against other children from Synergy Schools in a range of track and field events – this gives all children an opportunity to take part but also provides others the opportunity to excel!

We are also a key part of the Richmond PE Cluster where children get the opportunity to compete in a range of sports against other schools in our area. Recently some of our children have made it through to The North Yorkshire Finals for cricket and cross country to name but two!

313214733_621660493087450_6916327937803663948_nChildren in EYFS take part in formal physical education lessons from the start of the spring term as we think that this is a really important part of the curriculum as we want to give the children the best start with their physical development.


Our children develop their social, emotional, mental and physical health through our PSHE programme, Jigsaw. Please see our PSHE curriculum page for more information.

Become a Platinum Pupil


The platinum pupil was set up back in the 2009- 2010 academic year and has developed over the years. It provides an opportunity for our Year 6 children to reflect on their time at primary school and how they have demonstrated our school vision – having the courage to shine. This is demonstrated in 3 main ways:

  • Courage to face challenges
  • Courage to be the best version of ourselves – thinking about our Christian values and how we demonstrate these
  • Courage to have an inquisitive mind- asking lots of questions in our learning and trying to be independent and resilient when things get tough.

We ask the children to complete an application to graduate as a platinum pupil in these different areas and to reflect on what they have achieved. What values they have learnt or developed as a result. This allows us to celebrate their proudest achievements.

Not all great successes can be measured by just numbers, a score in a test or a set criteria that has been put in place. Some of the most important achievements from our children are what we read within their applications. Examples such as showing resilience to achieve a personal goal, representing a school team, becoming a house captain or getting to the top of a climbing wall and conquering their initial fear. We recognise the value of these memories and they determine how we will always remember them.

 The Platinum Pupil is presented at graduation day at the end of the summer term. Awards are given at first, second and third class (in the same way as degrees).

Platinum Pupil Application Form

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

Collective Worship Programme

Children experience a programme of assemblies and collective worship based on our values-based ethos to help promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and provide clear guidance for pupils on how to grow up to be the best version of themselves. Every week children take part in a:

  • Picture News Collective Worship: This is the focus of our weekly current affairs which are linked to our British Values teaching and learning.
  • Christian Value of the week: Each week, alongside Reverend Mary, collective worship themes are planned to teach and celebrate Christian Values. The weekly theme is then supported by a reflection session with the teachers.
  • Reflection: Children are given the opportunity for reflection through discussion opportunities in the weekly collective worship theme session. These reflections are recorded and celebrated.
  • Singing Collective Worship:  Through singing in collective worship children experience togetherness, belonging, celebration, worship and mindfulness.
  • Celebration Assembly:  Each week celebration assembly gives us a chance to celebrate children who have lived our school vision and we celebrate achievements together.

In addition to this, each term pupils also take part in safeguarding and e-safety/ safety assemblies. Some of these are specific to our children's PSHE needs. For example, as we live very close to a river, we feel it's important that we talk about and teach water safety.

The school's RE and PSHE curriculum provides links within lessons to the promotion of our spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Jigsaw SMSC mapping document

Spiritual opportunities are enhanced through our celebration of Christian festivals each year. A particular highlight of this is our Easter Labyrinth where parents and the local community are invited to take a guided tour to watch the children re-tell the Easter story but also reflect on it's meaning. The labyrinth includes activities such as prayer, song, dance and mime. Prior to the pandemic it was attended by Bishop Helen Ann who commented on how she found it to be 'inspiring, uplifting and profoundly moving'.

Wider opportunities

Pupils are offered a broad range of opportunities to develop their talents and interests both within lessons and during extra-curricular activities or clubs. These include opportunities to:

  • Learn to play a musical instrument. All Key Stage 2 children learn to play the Ocarina.
  • Sing as part of a choir and perform on stage every year
  • Take part in dance from a variety of cultures as part of the Physical Education curriculum
  • Develop their sporting talents and take part in inter-school competitions in a wide variety of sports

Our wide-range of extra-curricular activities and clubs have a high-level of take up and we particularly encourage pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as those who find it difficult to engage to take part in these.

How do we teach British Values at Synergy Schools?

British Values are an important part of our curriculum. They are linked within curriculum lessons as well as taught through a range of wider curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We give children opportunities to develop their understanding of the world around them. Through the teaching of British Values, Cultural Capital is developed.

We have an elected school council that promotes the value of “Democracy” (our opinions matter) and house captains that help reinforce 'Rule of Law' (we keep to rules) and 'Respect' (we look after each other and our school). Each fortnight a federation celebration assembly is held which promotes the values of “Rule of Law and Individual Liberty”. Children display 'Individual Liberty' by being encouraged to make good choices. 'Tolerance' is promoted through acceptance and celebration of each other's differences- this is explicitly taught within our PSHE curriculum (Celebrating Difference).

Through our taught Jigsaw programme of PSHE, there are clear links to the teaching of British Values. The two document links below show where these links are made in specific units and lessons. 

 Jigsaw British Values map by lesson

Jigsaw British Values map by year group

Each week we have a current affairs assembly where a clear link to British Values is always made.


picture news


I really do matter


Wellbeing Support for all Children

Wellbeing is a really important focus for us at school. We want children to feel safe and be happy at school in order to give them the best foundations for learning. At Synergy schools we use the Leuven Assessment each term to help identify individual children's involvement and wellbeing. Any children scoring low on this scale are identified by our Mental Health and Wellbeing lead who works with the teachers to suggest appropriate support and actions to help these children further. Actions may include weekly/ daily 'checking-in' time with teachers/ support staff, discussions with parents, providing extra-curricular opportunities for them to engage in etc.

We aim to meet the needs of all our pupils through our Personal Health Social and Economic curriculum (Personal Social and Emotional Development in EYFS) and the wider school curriculum (extra-curricular clubs, activities and opportunities). Further information can be found on our PSHE page.

Additional support can be provided in school for children who may have short term specific wellbeing needs through any member of staff or through our designated Mental Health and Wellbeing lead, Tamara Hayman. Children can be referred for specialist support if necessary.

Useful website links and resources if your child is worrying about the war in Ukraine:

Advice if you're upset by the news - CBBC Newsround

War in Ukraine: What do all the words mean? - CBBC Newsround

Ukraine crisis: How to spot misleading information online - CBBC Newsround

Talking to children about war

Worrying About War and Conflict - Support booklet

Useful website links for parents & carers:

Compass Pheonix

NHS Anxiety Disorders in Children

GR8 Minds - Wharfedale, Airedale and Craven Alliance

Anne Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Young Minds: Parent's Helpline and Webchat

Dealing with Anger: Information for Young People

Parents' Survival Guide

Supporting a Child with Anxiety

The Go-To for Healthy Minds in North Yorkshire

Synergy Trust Schools

About Synergy Schools

Synergy Schools is a federation of primary schools in the north of North Yorkshire. The federation was formed in September 2018 after the 2017-18 academic year, when Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall CE Primary Schools successfully shared senior leadership capacity.