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British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural Education SMSC

Pause week- a celebration of cultural diversity

This week, each year group have been studying a different country or group of countries and discovering different aspects of the culture- dance, art, language, festivals and celebrations, famous landmarks and famous people.

Year 3-Egypt and the middle east

Year 4- Colombia

Year 5-China

Year 6- Scandinavia


House Captain Elections 2018

Our wonderful year 6 house captains organised the year 5 candidates and then arranged the whole school to vote, just like a real election.

Well done to all of the year 5 children, who presented to the school and to the year 6 house captains.

Year 5 teachers.


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Pause week- Winter Olympics

The whole school has been enjoying the focus on the Winter Olympics.  Activities this week have included: the Olympic and Paralympic Values and how we can include them into our lives at Court Lane; Maths and Science lessons focusing on the theme and yoga with children from the Infant School using poses influenced by the games.

Gifts for the homeless

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Supporting the homeless in Portsmouth

I was so impressed today by 3 year 4 children who brought me gifts to take to the homeless refuge in Southsea today, in support of the The Society of St James'.

The charity recently spoke to the children and we have all been doing work in PSHE about the causes of homelessness.

Thank you to the girls for your kindness and generosity.

Discrimination and Stereotype

In PSHE in Venus we learnt about discrimination. Discrimination is when you are not allowed to do something because of your appearance.We learnt not to do discriminate since it hurts people's feelings and it's not fair. Also we learnt about stereotypes when people are judged because of their characteristics. Now we know after learning this, not to discriminate or be a stereotype after this lesson.

By Venus class

Advent Experience at Cosham Baptist Church

Every class at Court Lane School has had the opportunity to visit Cosham Baptist Church to  learn about the advent story.  The children visited different rooms of the church to search, listen, be suprised and discover in their learning.  Thank you to the members of the church, who always make the visits so welcoming, educational and exciting.


The Society of St James- charity for the homeless

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jane and Rochelle from the homeless charity, The Society of St James, who came and spoke to the children about what it is like to live on the streets, without anywhere to go that is safe and warm.  The charity set up houses to get young people off the streets and help them to move forward to find a new and better future.  I am sure everyone has noticed an increase in the number of people now living on the streets of Portsmouth, and we felt it was important for the children to understand the challenges others face in our community and some of the reasons why they are there.


Mrs Martin

Art in the Community

Children from Years 3, 4 and 5 went out into the community and made salt dough Christmas decorations with residents of the Carrick Court Retirement flats. These lovely decorations will hang on our school Christmas tree in the Large Hall. The residents commented on how creative and enthusiastic the children were. 

British Values Week

We have enjoyed a wonderful week focusing on the British Values and pausing to think about what makes Britain so great:

our democracy; our rule of law; tolerance to different faiths and cultures; mutual respect and individual liberty.  Throughout the week, we have had many different visitors and activities.  On Monday, Enable Me Project brought specialist sport wheelchairs for the children to use and test out their steering skills.  We had motivational and inspiring talks about living in a world with a disability.  Tolerance and mutual respect continued as a theme for talks from different faiths.  We had an interesting talk and were encouraged to consider the challenges faced by children from Armed Service families.  Our links with University of Chichester brought a wonderful band of students, who performed a play to years 4-6 about anti-bullying.  Finally our week has ended on a charitable note with Children in Need when the Junior and Infant schools have come together to encourage friendships and to talk about "their thing!" which is the theme of this year's day.


Thank you to all staff and volunteers who have made this week so successful and such an informative and thought provoking week for the children.

Mrs Martin, Ms Brookes

British Values Week off to a great start- with Enable Me

British Values Week off to a great start- with Enable Me  1
British Values Week off to a great start- with Enable Me  2

Year 5's showing their understanding of SMSC

Year 5's showing their understanding of SMSC 1
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Pause Week November 13th

At both Court Lane schools, we are having a week that is dedicated to raising the children's awareness of Fundamental British Values:

The Rule of Law,


Individual Liberty,

Mutual Respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.


The week will coincide with our anti-bullying week as part of mutual respect.