PSHE education allows pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. It prepares pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for life and work in the future. PSHE allows pupils to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and global community. Well-delivered PSHE programmes can have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils.
Here at OSPA we promote PSHE throughout our SMSC lessons and a lot of debates covered in our Votes4Schools lessons link with PSHE learning. All teachers follow PSHE long term plans which have been devised by the Enrichment and PSHE coordinators. These ensure all pupils gain a good knowledge throughout their time at OSPA. We follow the PSHE Association documents and link to our Rights Respecting School Award. Please see the PSHE topics here.
In January 2018, OSPA were lucky enough to have BigTalk Education in to teach our children about Sex and Relationships. They offered age appropriate information for the children and all activities kept the children engaged throughout. BigTalk also offered sessions with the school staff and parents to explain what the children would be learning about in each year group. It also outlined ways for parents to teach their children and how to speak to their children about these subjects. After fantastic feedback from parents, pupils and staff, BigTalk will now be an annual programme delivered in January each year.
Throughout the year we run a number of activities and initiatives to promote healthy living and safe behaviours. For example, our Bikeability programme equips pupils with the confidence and skills to use bicycles safely and sensibly. We encourage pupils to engage in exercise whenever possible and take part each year in the Big Pedal, a cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.
Annual health checks and the Dental Survey conducted by the school’s nursing team are used to inform parents and carers about the health of their child. We also work closely with the school nursing team to promote all aspects of health and well-being.
We are very lucky to have our own six plot allotment which Green Fingers club are currently cultivating. We are growing a range of produce, for example, onions, carrots and potatoes. If you would like to get involved with our allotment please contact Mr Marriott on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year the pupils in our Green Fingers club have created a friendship garden for pupils to enjoy. The area is a place for pupils to feel calm and reflect with their friends. Children’s well-being is of high importance here at OSPA and the friendship garden offers a peaceful space for pupils.