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.
The School Council
A School Council is held regularly throughout the year where pupil representatives discuss issues and put forward ideas to staff and governors.
Members of the school council are elected by their classmates. They meet regularly with the School Council Co-ordinator to discuss ways to improve the school and to feedback views and opinions from their respective classes. They take an active part in decision making processes, providing the pupil voice to support the running of the school. The councillors are particularly good at organising themselves by writing agendas, taking minutes and making decisions. Over the years each School Council has been involved in promoting fund-raising for different charities.
The school was recently awarded the ‘National Standards for Healthy Schools’ award, which is an achievement we are very proud of. Healthy living/lifestyles is taught through subjects such as Science, P. E. and PSHEC. The children learn that eating healthy food and exercising regularly will enhance their ability to access the curriculum more effectively.
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.