Health & Wellbeing
'One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.'
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 leads PE and Sport in school. Mrs Hammond has additional qualifications in Philosophy for Children, teaching children to articulate well and think deeply (so important for wellbeing) and leads RSE and wellbeing for children and adults at Kingsmead. Mrs Wood, a qualified ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant), supports pupils informally and formally through 1-1 and sometimes in small groups and pairs.
In 2019 Mrs McHugh led us to Gold in the School Games Mark and this year the team will support Mrs Hammond in ensuring we have are prepared and have consulted with and shared the new Relationships and Sex curriculum for September 2020. From September 2020 the relationships and health aspects of PHSE and RSE will be statutory. This includes the different relationships and families children may encounter living in Britain, including groups protected by the Equality Act 2010.
From September, parents may still withdraw their children from aspects of specific sex education such as puberty and changing bodies. However, aspects of reproduction covered in the Science curriculum are statutory and there is no right of withdrawal. The Blog 10th March 2020 tells you more about this.
Relationship and Health Education
RHE promotes tolerance and respect. This fits in with the requirement to promote British Values and our own school ethos. We want pupils to become adults who are accepting of all people, even if their way of life is not the same as their own.
RHE 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 and sustaining relationships are all taught within PHSE and RHE.
It is not the purpose of our curriculum to promote any way of life or group of people over any other. We would no more promote a type of relationship than a religion (or none), a disability or race. Representing and teaching about human diversity in our curriculum is simply because we want our children to show kindness and respect to all, unlimited. And it is hard to be kind or respectful to those we know nothing about. Our teaching is factual and respectful, teaching about the wonderful diversity of people in our country and that a fundamental value in British law is respect and tolerance for all.
Equality - The equal rights of all groups and particularly those covered by the Equality Act 2010.
Local and World Citizen - Thinking how our actions and decisions affect our own communities and impact on others.
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.
Relationships and Health 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. Until September 2020, parents have the right to withdraw their child from RSE 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.
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.
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.
PE and Sport
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.