Through all subjects of the curriculum we help children to deal with difficulties, challenges and fears. Children learn about developing a healthy lifestyle and they are encouraged to share responsibility with others and to take responsibility for their actions. Opportunities are also given for the children to develop relationships and respect differences, to share feelings and to negotiate and reflect.
Staff have been trained in the Targeted Mental Health in Schools Approach to give basic mental health support in order to improve the well-being of pupils and tackle any problems more quickly. In addition, the school has two trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs). The ELSAs have completed training delivered by, and are supervised by, educational psychologists. They are able to support children on aspects of emotional literacy including emotional awareness, self-esteem, anger management, social and friendship skills, social communication difficulties, loss, bereavement and family break-up.
At CRJS we have 3 councils which make up our Pupil Parliament. Members of the councils give a speech to their class and are voted onto the councils by their classmates.
The councils meet monthly and work on projects together.
The Well-being Council:
This council is responsible for over-seeing physical health, mental health, sports and charity. Mrs Culligan is the member of staff who supports this council.
The Eco Council:
This council is responsible for raising the profile of our environment. They work together to find ways to encourage everyone in school to look after the world around us. Miss Chick is the member of staff who supports this council.
This council is responsible for ensuring that our values are being represented across the school. They provide feedback on the curriculum and support the teachers in reviewing some key policies. Miss Jolliffe is the member of staff who supports this council.
Relationship and Sex Education
Sex education is a natural development in the science study programme of life cycles in the Year 5 summer term. It is not treated as a separate subject to be taught in isolation. In our school planning the structure, behaviour and life history of many different animals and plants are studied within this context; humans are also included. In Year 3 children are introduced to the biology of the human body. In Year 5 changes in the development of boys and girls at puberty are discussed and explained in some detail, as is the subject of human reproduction. This is related to and compared with reproduction in other mammals and plant life cycles.
However it is always stressed that there are wider implications to be considered in all human behaviour. Great emphasis is laid on the wonder and mystery of life and the importance of responsible attitudes and loving and caring relationships.
Parents will be offered the opportunity to have more detailed information on the content and resources used before this topic is commenced.
The selection of teaching material used is appropriate to the ages of pupils, consideration is always given to meeting the needs of the pupils and staff will exercise their judgement in particular situations and most importantly will consider the nature of the child/children whom they are teaching. The Governors recognise that parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from these lessons. However they hope that all children will participate.
The Headteacher is very happy to discuss this aspect of the curriculum with any parent who may have concerns.