PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic education)
At St. Mary’s, we want children to leave primary school as happy, empowered and engaged citizens of the world so that they can live life in all its fullness. Our curriculum encompasses many areas of study in order to equip all of our children with the life skills needed to feel safe and flourish as individuals in our ever-changing world as they journey through life. We aim to support children in making decisions and showing our values of trust, kindness and courage by promoting mental health, wellbeing, resilience, achievement and positive behaviour. Our whole school approach to PSHE means that children are treated as unique and loved individuals and ensures that learning can be built upon each year so that children can reach their full potential academically and personally.
Our PSHE curriculum is an important and necessary part of children’s education. At St. Mary’s, PSHE is carried out daily after lunch. The afternoon starts with a short meditation session before moving onto the PSHE lesson. These sessions include online safety (Project Evolve), growth mindset, zones of regulation and The Story Project (https://story-project.co.uk/). As well as this, class teachers deliver weekly PSHE lessons outlined by SCARF. The SCARF scheme of learning outlines a clear progression in subject knowledge and skills in line with the National Curriculum. Each half term, we focus on one of the following units in our PSHE lessons; Me and My Relationships, Valuing Difference, Keeping Safe, Rights and Respect, Being my Best and Growing and Changing.
As part of the ‘Keeping Safe’ strand, our curriculum is further enriched by taking part in Safer Internet Day annually, and through the use of visitors including the school nurse, police and fire brigade. Years 4 and 6 take part in ‘Bikeability’ and Year 3 are given the opportunity to take part in ‘Feet First Walking’. Litter picking around our local area is carried out by Years 1, 3 and 5.
Each year, children from Nursery to Year 6 take part in a Coram Life Education workshop. Early Years learn about healthy eating and KS1 learn about healthy eating, dental care and keeping clean. KS2 learn about the effect substances have on the body.
Themed weeks and days, such as Anti-bullying Week and World Culture Day, play a crucial role in promoting diversity and inclusivity among children. These events provide valuable opportunities for children to learn about and appreciate differences in cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. By actively participating in themed weeks and days, children gain a deeper understanding of the importance of celebrating and tolerating diversity.