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Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education at
St Robert Bellarmine
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is taught across the school through a variety of topics and themes within the curriculum and through whole school assemblies. At St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Primary School we believe that PSHE contributes to all aspects of school life, by giving the children the skills, knowledge and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. Subjects explored include bullying, drug misuse, sex education and many other important areas. The topics we explore are often reinforced by visits from external guests.
Although PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject, we strongly believe that teaching children about key elements of PSHE is fundamental to fulfil Section 2.1 of the National Curriculum framework that states:
‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
Despite the non-statutory status, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document states that:
‘All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.’
The PSHE Association Programme of Study has 3 strands that schools are expected to cover:
Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the government committed to making relationships education statutory in all Primary schools. From September 2020 all schools will soon be required to have relationships education/RSE in place. The government has also committed to statutory health education, meaning the majority of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education will be compulsory from 2020.
At the start of the School’s Academic year, every child (Reception – Year 6) undertakes a PASS assessment to review pupils’ learning dispositions and attitudes. This will establish a baseline to monitor the impact of PSHE teaching and learning, in addition to interventions aimed at supporting pupil behaviour, well-being and mediation strategies.
Role of the School Council in Promoting the UN Rights of the Child
The School Council are playing a vital role this year in promoting opportunities to enhance children’s well-being, mental health and personal development throughout the School. The School Council have begun to explore the UN Rights of the Child. To date they have considered the difference between a child's rights and their responsibilities and from this they have debated what rights and responsibilities feel most important to them and why. Following these sessions, the councillors have promoted the outreach of this to the rest of the School through feeding back to all year group classes and completing a PSHE display.
Diamond Ranking Activity
Whilst exploring the 54 articles within the UN Rights of the Child, in groups the School Councillors began to consider and reason about which rights held greatest importance or significance to themselves and their lives.
Zones of Regulation
Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on. We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation. The Zones of Regulation is an approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in expressing and managing their emotions and impulse and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them.
We were astonished by the amazing creativity and effort that had gone into the children's creations! This is all in aid of thinking about our impact on the environment by encouraging the children to understand the variety of ways that they can recycle older items that are no longer used to make something new and exciting.
Spanish Cultural Workshops - Baking and exploring Spanish Foods
Year 6 Gangs Prevention Programme
Year 6 were visited by James Riley who leads the 'Get Away 'N' Get Safe Gangs Prevention Programme'. The programme encompassed five intensive sessions which aimed to: 'educate, inspire and empower young people to take control of their future by rejecting the gang lifestyle'.
By the end of the week, the children were educated about the dangers of the gang lifestyle for themselves and their families. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt practical guidance (through role-play) about how to keep safe and make informed decisions about their futures.
Children In Need
We love getting dressed up in our pyjamas, especially when it is for such a good cause!
Each year our school has a whole school focus on Friendship. This takes place in National Anti-Bullying week.This shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year.
The children at St Robert Bellarmine participated in numerous activities, performances and workshops led by teachers and external visitors. These interactive sessions ensured children understood exactly what bullying is and why it is completely unacceptable.
One initiative was 'Odd Sock Day'. Children and staff came to school in odd socks which gave everyone an opportunity to express themselves and celebrate individuality and diversity. This was a fun way to promote the idea that everyone is unique and different, but everyone should be treated with the same kindness and respect.
Year 1, 3 and 4 also led a fantastic assembly on the theme of 'anti-bullying'. Year 1 and 3 focused on what makes a good friend, and Year 4 created an emotive video on the harmful impacts of bullying.
Thank you to everyone for your kind food donations and to Year 3 for raising the profile of this important celebration.
Andy Grant Visit - Year 6
Year 6 were extremely lucky to have Andy Grant, a former Royal Marine who was injured in IED explosion whist on tour in Afghanistan, come to visit our class. The explosion resulted in him having his right leg amputated. Since then, Andy has completed many challenges, including: abseiling down The Shard; competing in the Invictus Games (winning two gold medals and a bronze); becoming the world’s fastest amputee over 10km. During his visit, he told us all about his journey, his future challenges and how we can all work hard and achieve our own dreams.
The Early Years Team had a very special day opening their settings up to the children's grandparents. The children loved showing their families their favourite play areas and introducing them to their new friends.