Our Lady and Saint Anselm’s RC Primary School believes that a strong PSHE education is important to help our pupils develop into well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. Through the teaching and deliverance of our PSHE curriculum, we envisage our children to grow and develop into resilient young adults who have a strong sense of self worth and confidence.
The vision for pupils, staff and others linked to our school is to always look to achieve our personal best in every aspect of school life. Our school is one where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best. We bear a welcoming and inclusive ethos; permeating a real community feel where everyone is valued.
Our pupils and staff treat each other equitably, fairly, with kindness and with mutual respect. At all times, staff and pupils are encouraged to show a high regard for the needs and feelings of others through their actions and words. The needs and interests of all pupils, irrespective of gender, culture, ability or aptitude, will be promoted through an inclusive and varied PSHE curriculum at our school. Our environment is safe and clean with everyone sharing responsibility for it and our culture is one of continuous improvement, creativity and enthusiasm.
At Our Lady and Saint Anselm's, we aim to promote the positive mental health and wellbeing of every member of our school community and appreciate how important mental and physical health and wellbeing is to our lives. We understand that children’s mental health and overall well-being can affect their learning and achievement.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
One of our main roles at OLSA is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when needed. Our PSHE curriculum is tailored to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
Our PSHE Leader is Mrs Howarth. She is responsible for liaising with other staff and professional agencies to ensure a comprehensive PSHE education is delivered throughout the school. Mrs Howarth strives to deliver engaging and meaningful learning which promotes self-confidence and resilience. It is our hope to prepare our children to become sensible young adults who are capable of making rational decisions in a diverse and multicultural society.
Our PSHE curriculum is built around three core themes - Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. It covers the breadth of PSHE from statutory RSHE content (including Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education) to economic wellbeing and careers. Our units are carefully planned and tailored to meet the individual needs of our children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
After returning to school we recognised that the percentage of children attending clubs outside school had decreased. We decided to introduce the Valley Award to increase participation. We now have many clubs that are full to capacity. Children have restarted clubs outside of school.
"I started Basketball this term. It is good to practice my skills." Noah
"I enjoy listening to music and dancing at the new Street Dance Club" Hugo
"My swimming is really improving now I attend swimming club." Harris
"At cubs I earn badges and I enjoy this club as it is something new for me to do after school." Noah
"I learn Acro now which is good because it helps me with my other dance classes." Freya
"In Drama, I like to perform." Ava
"I have started a skateboarding club in Manchester." Millie
PSHE 2021 - 2022: RELATIONSHIPS
Years Four, Five and Six had a visit from Diversity Role Models today.
Diversity Role Models actively seeks to embed inclusion and empathy in the next generation.
Their vision is a world where everyone embraces diversity and can thrive - thus helping to create a world where future generations embrace, accept and support difference.
Diversity Role Models' mission is to create an education system in which every young person will know they are valued and supported, whoever they are.
In today's workshops, we explored difference and the children considered their role in creating a world where we all feel accepted. Paul was our special role model who spoke openly about his lived experiences. The workshop enabled the children to develop their empathy so they can understand the (often unintended) impact of their language and actions.
"I really liked the workshop. It reminded me of how we should be with each other - respectful and caring. It doesn't matter what we are like, we are all wonderful in God's eyes." Elliott
"God made us all different and unique. We should all be respectful towards one another. I know that I can be myself and my friends will accept me no matter what." Isabell
"I learnt that it is ok to be myself and there is nothing wrong with being different." Jacob
"If everyone was the same, it would be very boring!" Ruby
"The workshop was really good. I understand what LGBT+ means and that it is OK to be you." Autumn
"I thought it was a good explanation because I know to not call lesbian and gay to people and I have learnt about LBGT+." Chardonnay
We have been exploring 'Respect' for ourselves and others this term.
Last week, Class Inspire held a Respect Assembly to educate the children and staff on the importance of having respect for each other.
PSHE - HEALTH AND WELLBEING
During Mental Health and Awareness Week, the children at OLSA participated in a number of activities to promote positive mental health. Each class undertook a Yoga fitness class with Samba Sally and parents and carers were invited to attend. Everyone had a big smile on their face and fully enjoyed the class.
Reception, Years 1 and 2 have been learning about the importance of road safety. They had such a fun time learning new skills with their trained road safety leaders.
Here are some simple tips when crossing the road with your child...
When walking near a road it is a good idea to:
It can be hard for motorists to see small children, especially when they are reversing, so take extra care. Never let your child go near a road alone or even with an older child.
Children are generally not ready to cross roads on their own until they are at least eight years old - and many will not be ready even then.
When crossing the road, remember the following:
Today we had a visit from Harold the Giraffe and the Education Bus. The focus for our lesson was about physical and emotional needs. Here is what a few of our children in Year Five learnt today...
"I learnt about my body and the things I should and shouldn't do to keep my body healthy."
"I learnt about body parts such as the lungs, the heart and blood cells. You shouldn't take drugs or smoke and adults should not have too much alcohol. Children should not be doing those things!"
"Today I learnt that smoking can give you tar in your lungs. That makes it hard to breathe. Also, the brain is so complicated, scientists don't know everything about the brain."
"If someone asks to ride your bike and you don't want them to, you should keep calm instead of shouting at them because that would hurt their feelings. Instead, explain why you don't want them to ride your bike."
"If you are feeling stressed, you can have a little bit of alone time to think about things. You could also talk to someone you trust like a friend or adult."