The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Much of our PSHE & C curriculum becomes a part of everything we do in school as we want children to feel confident about themselves, understand safety and health and relationships.



Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship

PSHE & C education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.

Dymchurch Primary School uses the following scheme of work to ensure clear coverage and impact for our children.

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Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE & C programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

We embrace and celebrate our differences through Diversity day and Multicultural days.

As a school we empower our children to be the very best citizens they can be by exploring Anti-Bullying ideas, Cyber-Bullying and Online Safety. This ensures our children our protected and they know how to support their friends.

Transition days support our children with life changes and enable them to cope with and embrace change. We provide opportunities for our children to work across age groups and across the school to learn key skills in cooperation, resilience, team building and communication.


We are an inclusive school and actively promote individuality.



Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) Values at Dymchurch Primary School 


At Dymchurch Primary School, the children and their learning are at the very heart of every decision made. We aim to develop learners who are passionate, take ownership of their learning and are proud of their achievements.    

Spiritual Development

Our pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feeling and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.


Spiritual Development at Dymchurch Primary School is promoted through:

  • Our school values
  • Our school environment
  • Behaviour recovery – reflection
  • Charity days
  • Religious festivals – Festival days
  • Bastille day
  • Multicultural/Diversity days and experiences
  • Religious education curriculum – visits to places of worship
  • Playground leaders
  • Memorable experiences
  • Higher order questioning
  • Subject focus days
  • Homework menus – home learning projects


Moral Development

Pupils’ moral development in shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their actions.
  • Interest in investigating, and offered reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.


Moral Development at Dymchurch Primary School is promoted through:

  • Our school values
  • Our learning behaviours
  • Our playground behaviours
  • Behaviour Recovery – reflection sheet
  • Creative curriculum
  • Debating
  • School Election
  • Pupil leadership Committees – Applications, interviews, action plans
  • School Assembly themes
  • SMART code/E - Safety
  • British Values week


Social Development

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating will with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Interest in and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.




Social Development at Dymchurch Primary School is promoted through:

  • Our school Values
  • Our school council
  • Memorable experiences
  • Harvest – food bank donations
  • After School Clubs


Cultural Development

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage.
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.


Cultural Development at Dymchurch Primary School is promoted through:

  • Our school values
  • Subject focus days
  • Festival days
  • School environment
  • After School Clubs
  • Music lessons
  • Languages- French- Bastille Day
  • Christmas Productions
  • Class assemblies
  • Year 6 Residential


Drug Awareness

Children engage in learning about how to keep themselves healthy and this is also an integral part of the ‘invisible’ curriculum when children are having snack times, hand washing but to name a few.
Sex and Relationships is an essential part of the curriculum and we make use of the Channel 4 resources for schools which are specifically designed for younger children.

We also make sure children have circle times to express their views and feelings. The School Council provides an important element of pupil voice and pupils complete an online Pupil Perceptions questionnaire which also allows them to have their voice regarding the Every Child Matters elements.