PSHE

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Emotional education. We run a number of education programmes and initiatives that promote PSHE throughout the curriculum and as stand alone lessons. This includes the following:

Phunky Foods

PhunkyFoods is an award-winning early years and primary school programme of healthy lifestyle curriculum activities, lesson plans and resources. Through this programme we deliver quality, fun healthy lifestyle activities and lessons.

The aim of the programme is to deliver key, consistent health messages and to engage with all children, and their families, in promoting tangible health behaviour changes in a fun, lively and positive manner. Find out more about the Phunky Foods programme by visiting www.phunkyfoods.co.uk

SEAL

SEAL refers to Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. The aim of this programme is to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning. It focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.

The programme resources help children develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries. The materials are organised into seven themes: New Beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying, Going for goals!, Good to be me, Relationships and Changes. Each theme is addressed by the whole school each half term and aspects of each theme are covered during a whole school assembly that takes place on Friday mornings. These assemblies are then followed up with class discussions and circle times that take place every Wednesday morning.

Other initiatives

Throughout the year we run a number of activities and initiatives to promote healthy living and safe behaviours. For example, our Scooter Smart and Bikeability programmes equip pupils with the confidence and skills to use scooters and 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.

Organic Allotment

We are very excited to have just been awarded funding from Heartwell Funding to create an organic allotment on our school field! We will be preparing the ground in the next few weeks and hope to be able to harvest our first produce this Summer. Food from the allotment will be used for school cooking projects and will encourage pupils to adopt healthy eating habits. We have signed up to the Food for Life Partnerships Schools Award which encourages schools to provide healthy school meals, great lunchtimes and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community.

Find out more here: www.foodforlife.org.uk

Pet Care

Our Early Years department is home to two guinea pigs, Twinkle and Cookie, although all pupils in the school are encouraged to help care for our pets.

Keeping school pets has been found to:

  • motivate pupils to think and to learn, as children have a high level of natural interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of animals
  • encourage a respect and reverence for life in pupils and thereby improve their relationships with other pupils, parents and teachers
  • foster a sense of responsibility in children
  • teach children to nurture and respect life
  • lead to the development of hobbies/careers in animal care
  • improve academic achievement

Teachers have also found therapeutic benefits for children with special needs. For example:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties; improving behaviour and concentration, reducing stress and improving self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children
  • animals can help when working with the most vulnerable children
  • educational improvements with low achievers

Pets in schools also have social benefits for the school community:

  • enhance the learning environment, creating a sense of security and family warmth for the pupils
  • encourage the involvement of parents and the wider community in school activity
  • help to promote the school as an important nurturing influence in the community
  • reduce the incidence of truancy, vandalism and conflict through fostering a greater sense of community

“Placing companion animals in school curricula encourages the moral, spiritual and personal development of each child, bringing social benefits to the school community and enhancing opportunities for learning in various areas of the school curriculum” Rio Declaration of the International Association of Human Animal Interaction, Rio de Janeiro, 12 September 2001.