HPS - Our Values
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Culutral (SMSC) policy
Relationships, Sex and Health (RSE) policy
SMSC/RSE Umbrella Coverage Document
Whole School Curriculum Coverage Map
PSHE 'Question-Based Model' approach to learning (Years 1-6)
Sex and Relationships information for parents
Reception - NSPCC PANTS
At Honiton Primary School we are passionate about the Values that our school champions; all children have the right to be safe, the right to learn and the right to learn without disruption. The difference that a values-driven school makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community. Through our Cornerstones & RSHE Question-Based Curriculum (under the umbrella of our Growth Guides) we ensure that all our children leave us ready to be responsible young members of society who are...
Happier and Healthier..
By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress and thus achieve more. A child who understands the importance of shared values and their own personal responsibilities understands how they and others should be treated and, consequently, their sense of self-worth is strengthened.
Able to assess risk and stay safe…
The notion of values gives children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children. At HPS, children and young people are empowered to access information that enables them to make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. This includes relationships and online safety.
Able to develop and sustain healthy relationships…
In a school that respects values children are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and by the adults in the school. Children are encouraged to use their voice on some of the decisions that affect them through the Student Council. Relationships, between all adults and children within the school are positive, based on mutual respect and the value of everyone’s opinion.
Able to be responsible citizens who can function living in the wider world...
This builds their confidence to make informed decisions. They have a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime, as they grow into engaged, responsible members of society. Children and adults develop an ethos and language of values, responsibility and respect around the school and local community. At every opportunity, our children are involved in raising awareness about social justice issues, both at home and abroad. They become ambassadors for our shared values and take part in campaigns and activities to help to bring about change to make the lives of others better.
UNICEF - Mental Health activities for the family
What is Mental Health? (Powepoint)
Express Yoursef check list! - How many can complete during the week?!
Newsletter [9/10/20] - Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Book List - A comprehensive list of books that can be ordered from any online supplier
Newsletter [23/10/20] Check out the example below of the EYFS Growth Guide Poster. There are also posters for KS1 and KS2! Keep an eye out for the posters in your classrooms and all around school. Can you take a photo of yourself carrying out one of your learning behaviours or social skills?!
HPS HALL OF FAME! [An area dedicated to celebrating everything that makes us respectful and responsible members of the local community and wider world]
What have you done to earn your place in The Hall of Fame?! Have you helped at home?, have you learnt about different cultures and traditions?, can you do something to help your local community? or can you help the environment? The world of good deeds has no limits....!
Values in action!
Two amazing things have have happened this week. One with a present pupil, one with a past pupil. This young a lady in Y5 was inspired by Captain Tom Moore and his work during the pandemic. Organising a family fundraiser herself, she raised and amazing amount of money for our frontline workers in the NHS. Those of you with a history at HPS will remember Jake and the Bonetta family. Recently, he stood as a Labour councillor for a local Honiton ward. We’d like to feel that his time as a child at HPS gave him a passion for ‘doing good things to help others’. Well done Jake, we are really proud of you.
Democracy - rights for all
Should a luxury resort be built in the Arctic? That was the question up for discussion yesterday afternoon in Year 6. The children used their incredible big writes to share points, arguments and thoughts about the topic. The Almighty Judge Hasler organised the debate and then set the final vote... The result was a huge majority voting NO!
Year 3 - Graffiti, Is it Art or Vandalism?
This afternoon Warlocks class explored graffiti and held a class debate with regards to whether they thought graffiti was art or vandalism. We used democracy by voting and mutual respect by listening to one another’s opinions.
We we had great fun and learnt so much about what the difference is as well as learning about prolific street artists such as Banksy.
The Playground Project (Physical Development) has given our children a great experience of being involved in the process of getting a large project completed. From initial consulatation to playing on the equipment, they have been involved in the all of the stages along the way.
Our very own Chloe from 5SB was the winner of the Honiton Christmas lights competition. She won a beautiful Christmas tree for her family and also won a £100 voucher for the school. We are going to use the voucher to buy a bird house and feeder. Thank you to Chloe and the Combe Garden Centre!
Members of Year 6 were honoured for their hard work and passionate speeches by taking first place in a public speaking competition. They faced tough competition across the learning community. The speeches by all schools were fantastic. Our team showed the ability to compose compelling evidence based arguments yet speak from the heart. We will now enter the finals in Exeter in January. A huge achievement.
Year 3 - What is Salah?
As part of our RE, we having begun to learn about the Muslim faith and the 5 pillars of Islam. Today, we focused on the second pillar which was ‘Salah’ meaning prayer. We discussed how Muslims pray 5 times a day and how they have to face the East, towards Mecca, when praying. We also discussed going to the mosque and what would be worn and why. Here are some of the children modelling the clothing. They learnt why some women covered their hair and faces as well why men wore the baggy clothing.
Thank you for all your contributions.
Staying safe online:
Yesterday we started to explore and discuss internet safety. We discussed the importance of a safe and secure password, ways to stay safe online and what safety features can support us to stay safe.
The Green Warriors met today to discuss how we are getting on with composting and litter picking and any problems/improvements to be made. We then wrote letters to local garden centres, asking for a donation of tools, seeds and compost to help us in developing a school vegetable patch. The Green Warriors from Reception and Year 1 made posters for the compost bins around school. If any you have any unwanted seeds or garden tools at home, the Eco Council would be more than happy to put these to good use.
Hi everyone, happy new year! Don't forget to drop in your empty, clean plastics into our big blue bin in the school carpark to help raise money for Dartmoor Zoo and the MIND mental health charity. Please refer to the poster to see what can be recycled. The date for the bin to be collected has been extended to February 28th, so we've got even more time to eat sweets for a good cause!
Help yourself to free, cooking apples. These have been picked from our school apple trees by the Eco Council. They are in blue crates in the playground.
This young man has been busy again! He has been making home made bird feeders. The birds and squirrels aren't going hungry in his garden!
Year 2 were lucky enough to have the East Devon Beekeeper's Society visiting us in school. We were taught all about the importance of honey bees and shown how they work together in the hive to produce honey. We learnt about how they collect nectar and pollen; honey bees even perform a "waggle" dance to communicate to the other bees where to fly to collect the necatar! We saw a bee hive and learnt the different names of the hive; sampled some more local honey and some children even dressed up as a beekeeper!
As part of our PSHE curriculum, Year 3 have been learning what to do during an emergency situation. We discussed medical emergencies and how we might deal with those in school as well as what to do if there was a fire. We discussed the importance of knowing our address should something happen when we were at home as well as staying calm when on the phone to the emergency services.
We then got to role play and practise making those important phone calls with our friends, we even made some videos using the green screen!!!
Today we had a visit from a real firefighter in our EYFS. Fire officer Warren came to answer our questions, talk to us about his job and to give us the chance to see and handle some real fire fighting equipment. He talked to us about fire safety and even inspired some boys and girls to think about becoming a fire fighter when they grow up!
Year 6 have had a very exciting morning. We worked with Mrs Nicholas, Mr Tribble, Mrs Buss and some of the staff at Tesco to create a whopping 182 crates full to the brim with food and household products for families in our local community. The children were exceptional showing collaboration and such determination throughout. The packing and checking ran like clockwork thanks to the children's military precision! Not only did we feel like we were giving something back, but we also reminded ourselves of how amazing it feels to help others.
We could not be more proud of the truly wonderful role models in our year group.
Check out the pictures below and keep an eye on BBC Spotlight on Thursday 11th (fingers crossed!) to see a little bit more of us..!
This afternoon, Year 4 were invited to come and sing at St Paul’s Church for the Christmas Tree Festival. They sang four songs and sounded absolutely brilliant. They knew all the words and smiled all the way through. A big thank you to all the parents who came to support the children. It was commented on by the congregation how polite, courteous and how good their manners were, a credit to all you parents!
This afternoon, Year 6 had some very special visitors. We were joined by some lovely ladies from the Bluebird Care Home. They came in to look at our World War II learning, shared some of their own experiences and also played some games with us. We had a wonderful afternoon; there were smiles on the faces of all!
On Sunday, this young man from Year 2 made some hot cross buns and kindly left some on an elderly neighbours door step as she will be alone this Easter. What an amazing, kind gesture to do at this uncertain time. I am sure your neighbour absolutely loved receiving them. I am so proud. Keep being amazing Year 2!
Year 6 (in school children) have buddied up with Honiton Manor Care Home; we started by writing letters to the residents at the beginning of this lockdown and each child now has their own penpal! We have received replies and recently written back. We have also sent copies of our stories and made cushions for the residents too!
We have called this 'Operation Rainbow'! The kids are LOVING it and it seems to be making a real difference to the residents too. This is something we plan to continue with as much as possible.
Sharing kindness and smiles is important all the time, but especially so at the moment, and Year 5 have extended their care in kind, thoughtful and well-written letters to the residents of Abbeyfield Care Home. These letters and the accompanying pictures are now proudly displayed in the resident's lounge. All of the residents have said how cheerful it looks and how each one has brought a smile to their faces. A wonderful act of kindness has certainly gone a long way in a very difficult time. Well done Year 5.
HPS, you have done it again! We only have half of our school population in but look at how much we have managed to collect for the Food Bank! This is amazing! Thank you so much for all of your generosity; it will make such a difference to our local families. A further thank you to the staff at Strata Solutions and the staff at East Devon District Council for supporting our collection again this year. We received an extra eleven boxes full to the brim with donations which is simply brilliant. Merry Christmas to all!
As you know, we have some wonderful children in school at the minute because their mums and dads are key workers helping to keep us all well and safe. These children (and Mr Watson!) were set a task of creating some rainbows for the office windows at East Devon District Council just along the road from us. We know our children are extremely creative but we were quite simply WOWED with the amazing pieces they created. They are so bright and colourful and really do make you smile. Have a look at the pictures to see them proudly on display in the council doors and windows. The team there were delighted with the artwork and we even received a thank you letter from the Chief Executive telling us just how impressed he was! HPS children, you're the best!
Wow Year 2, I am one very proud teacher! This week I have received two lovely emails from some very proud families. This week two member of Goblins class have been bettering their environment by litter picking.
''On all our walks he is horrified by the amount of litter around often muttering about ‘how people should care more about our world, how they are polluting it and don’t they know it affects them too’. We had to have a chat to about how really he should have gloves due to germs, especially at the moment. On Father’s Day we were in a car park about to walk the coast path when he tears off a page of newspaper from the car and walks across the car park to go and pick up the empty bottles people have left! After a full sweep of the car park we were finally allowed to go on our walk!''
''We have also been landscaping our garden and he has been helping and deciding what can be recycled and what needs to go in the skip. We also discussed what happens to the rubble etc that goes in the skip.''
It is lovely to see the next generation taking up the baton and showing the world how it's done! You should both be SO proud of yourself!
Miss Emery! :)
Supporting community health - The defibrillator fundraiser
I have to admit that having seen pounds and pennies drifting and jangling into the buckets this morning, I thought we would have a good total towards our defibrillator. What I wasn't expecting was the amazing news from Mrs Jones, that £713.66 had been raised!!!!
What an achievement and what a way to end a great day.
Thank you so, so much for investing in something that literally could be a life saver.
Many, many thanks on behalf of the school and the wider community,
Dear Mr Tribble and Miss Wright,
I thought you may like to know that Ollie actually put £5 from his own pocket money towards the defibrillator fund (on top of our £2). He realised how important it was and felt like he needed to ensure it was possible to get this device to save a life, knowing it could be anyone of us at school or in the community that might need it.
He really feels like he belongs in HPS and as such is so keen to do his part and look after it. He can sometimes be seen after club with a litter picker going around the playground!!
Thank you for helping us to raise an amazing future generation!
Dear Mrs Philpot,
What wonderful news but pleasantly not a surprise. Ollie is such a wonderful boy, and he comes from a family that has always appreciated and supported the school, and staf,f through some very tough times.
As you can see, I have included many key teachers in this reply as I think the closing line makes everything that they are striving for worthwhile - we are working on an amazing future generation - so that they have an amazing future.
Thank you again, and I think that we can now purchase the defibrillator which is literally a dream come true.
Mr Tribble and the HPS Team
Lily Roth (Y5) reading the books she purchased from the BAME reading list. Be like Lily!
This young lady learnt to sew so that she could make a cushion to help her Grandfather be more comfortable.
Supporting local charities - YMCA
Hope you've all had a wonderful half term.
We haven't been able to complete the skipping challenge because the children have been really immersed in a charity event they decided they wanted to do. Its all culminated in a big sleep (in) event tonight (19th Feb) for Exeter YMCA to help the homeless locally.
The children have joined in with all the activities set for the week and they have also raised £100 for the charity which they are super chuffed about.
They wanted me to send you all a photo of them 'camped out' because they are so excited 😁
Today we went to a beach that we heard is well know for having lots of rubbish washed up. It’s mainly old fishing pots and plastic containers. But alone side there’s a lot of other plastic!! So we went and collected a lot of this plastic, rope and other bits and brought them home to recycle! Teddy’s really mindful of rubbish in the sea. He’s a big water baby and we can wait to get back in when in warms up! But for now we will keep to cleaning our beaches!
Values-A guide for parents
Values Poster for the fridge!
Learn about Parliament (KS1)
Learn about Parliament (KS2)
The Democracy Board Game - great fun for all the family!
Can you design and create a respect poster using these frames?
What would you do?
Right or wrong? (KS1)
What do you know about respect?
Campaign to Protect Rural England - Art activities and online stories to help children appreciate the local countryside.
KS1 Knowledge Organiser - The Environment: including the effects of climate change, greenhouse gases, fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.
What is Climate Change?
Plastic Pollution - The Facts
Plastics and the Environment
Fairtrade - What is it and why is it important?
De-forestisation - What is it and why is it important?
VE Day - Friday 8th May 2020
Friday the 8th May is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) Were it not for fighting the outbreak of Covid - 19, many people would be marking the anniversary with school assemblies, history and citizenship lessons. Instead, gatherings cannot take place and we find ourselves setting work from home. Citizenship clearly plays an important role in this Annniversary, with its focus on teaching about values, equalities, rights, and community action. Below you will find some activities that will help you learn about this special day. Remember to send us any work that you complete so we can showcase it on the school website! (email address can be found on your child's year group page)
VE Day Activity Hub  - A Powerpoint designed for KS1 children.
Mental Health Week 2020:
The week beginning, 18-5-2020, is Schools Mental Health Week across the UK. Have a go at the 'Kindness-Calendar' activity in the link below.