PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) underpins all the teaching and learning that we do at St Mary's School. Our school values of 'Love, Respect and Belonging' are reinforced through weekly circle time sessions in class and weekly taught sessions.
Through our PSHE curriculum, children learn about citizenship, relationships with others, health and safety and how to make a positive impact on the world around them. We also develop children's abilities to reflect on their learning and build on their skills of perseverance and resilience.
We began our journey through the 'Be The Best You Can Be' project, set up as a legacy to the 2012 London Olympics. This has been very exciting to be part of, and it was launched at our school by Mark Richards in 2014. The children have thought about their own personal dreams and how they hope to achieve them. We have also done lots of learning related to 'comfort zones' and our children are keen to push themselves out of their comfort zones and into the 'learning zone,' where the magic happens.
Over four years the school has delivered this further by evaluating and reflecting what makes our curriculum vibrant and our learners successful. We have a whole school Resilience Programme that has 10 main skills. This programme teaches our pupils how to cope during adversity and how to enjoy and celebrate successes. This is a fundamental part of a PSHE but more than this, it is about our school values and our school imperative.
World Down Syndrome Day
Charlie - Our School Dog
In November, we did lots of learning for Anti-Bullying Week. The aim of the week was to raise the profile of anti-bullying and to equip children to know what to do if they witnessed or were a victim of bullying. We also spent time discussing the characteristics of different types of bullying, and the older children thought about why some people become bullies.
We spent a lovely afternoon in our houses, with the older children supporting the younger children as they travelled around the four classrooms to complete a range of activities. There were also special assemblies, a poster competition and a fantastic talk from one of our parents about staying safe online and avoiding cyber-bullying.