Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) promotes pupils’ personal social and emotional development, as well as their health and well being. It helps to give children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It also gives children an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen. At Our Lady Immaculate we embed high quality PSHE experiences within the school day through a range of subjects, discreet lessons and carefully selected intervention programs. We always aim to make purposeful links with other subjects to make learning relevant.
As part of the new curriculum, we have developed age appropriate objectives to ensure that the children are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum that equips them to deal with life’s daily challenges. Alongside the curriculum, we have trainee playground buddies who will be helping the staff to ensure break times are a happy time for all the children. This is one of the many steps we took to gain the ‘Anti Bullying Quality Mark’.
Each autumn term we celebrate anti-bullying week through a range of activities and themes, with a focus on positive behaviours towards each other. At the end of the week, our work is shared and celebrated around the school to promote positive messages in line with our code of conduct and mission statement.
In the summer term, we promote healthy lifestyles through Healthy Schools Week. During this week we learn how to cook healthy meals and take part in a variety of sports and team events for our annual sports day.
We also have interventions that aim to develop children’s confidence and social skills. These include the ‘Think yourself great’ program, ‘R’ time, circle time and massage in schools. They have proven to be very successful in improving the children’s happiness and attitude which in turn improves their progress in the curriculum. The massage in schools programme now runs right from Nursery to Year Six and has allowed children to improve their readiness to learn as well as improve relationships with their peers.
PSHE is interwoven throughout the whole ethos of the school and it is our aim, that by the time the children leave us in year 6, they have not only reached their full potential academically but are well rounded individuals ready to embark on the next phase of their education.