Health & Wellbeing
'One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.'
PE and PHSE
PERSONAL, HEALTH AND SOCIAL EDUCATION - PHSE
PHSE is as important as any academic subject in developing well-rounded individuals with strong self-esteem and the respect and care for other people that will enable them to thrive in education, family life and their communities. Staying safe, making a positive contribution, being healthy and making relationships are all taught within PHSE.
PHSE includes Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Data shows that children who receive good quality SRE have better outcomes. The curriculum begins in year 1 with ideas around privacy, different families and sustaining positive relationships with peers. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from SRE lessons and if wishing to do so should make an appointment to see Mrs Hammond, the subject leader or Ms Stewart, the headteacher. By discussing concerns and the curriculum children receive parents and carers can make an informed decision.
Meet the health and wellbeing Team
The Health and Wellbeing Team work closely to keep children well in mind, body and spirit. Mrs McHugh specialised in PE and English for her degree and Mrs Hammond has additional qualifications in Philosophy for Children, teaching children to articulate well and think deeply (so important for wellbeing). Mrs Wood is a qualified ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant). In 2019 Mrs McHugh led us to Gold in the School Games Mark and this year the team will support Mrs Hammond in the new Health and Relationships curriculum for September 2020; consultation and communication with parents will be coming up this academic year.
Road Safety - Programmes in Key Stage 2 teach independence leading to children leaving for high school able to travel safely within their community. Let's Walk [year 4] teaches being an independent pedestrian and Bikeability [Year 6] teaches cycling safely on the school grounds, roads, on and off the cycle paths.
Sex and Relationships Education - Teaching children about being a good friend, bullying, peer pressure and abusive relationships, help children to stay safe in modern Britain. From the Early Years this includes notions of respect for others and yourself, privacy and good toilet hygiene. Respect for your own body and those of other people are included. Children learn about families similar and different to their own (heterosexual and same sex, single parent, adoptive and foster families are included) and how to get along with relatives and people in school. As children get older they are taught about loving and respectful relationships and some of the more biological aspects of growing and changing such as puberty and reproduction.
Substance Use and Abuse - Teaching children how medication can be helpful in keeping us healthy and the harmful effects of cigarettes, drugs and alcohol help them make informed choices when they are older.
Equality - The equal rights of all groups and particularly those covered by the Equality Act 2010.
Participation - Children are expected to be active participants their lessons and extra-curricular learning. Northwich Education Partnership Pupil Parliament and Eco-Group offer more formal opportunities for them to participate in democratic processes and make decisions that affect them. Year 6 lead a Community Assembly every fortnight.
physIcal education and Sport - PE
PE is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum. PE lessons in school develop children's personal fitness and core strength, co-ordination, teamwork and collaboration. Team games are small and non-competitive aimed to develop skills and positive attitudes. Extra curricular opportunities and our membership of the Vale Royal School Sports Partnership provide opportunities for children to participate in competitions with other local schools and at high schools too. Children have enjoyed competitions including Athletics, Duathlon, Football, Golden Mile, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Swimming and Tag Rugby.
The government has placed greater emphasis on physical education and sport as part of their effort to combat the obesity crisis where 1 in 3 children are now classed as over weight. From September 2016 the aspiration is that all children in England will be active for two hours a day, half of which should take place in school. In addition to active play-times, PE lessons and extra-curricular sport clubs, children have quick bursts of activity between some lessons. These include: running a lap of the field (0.25 miles), 5-a-day-fitness and more recently an initiative on yoga for children. We also build physical activity into the broad curriculum, e.g. Maths of the Day and learning outside the classroom.