Statement of intent for our PSHE Curriculum
At St Mary’s, we are committed to educating you in every way: spiritually, physically, intellectually, morally, socially, culturally and emotionally. We want to help you to grow in knowledge and understanding, to recognise the value of all persons and to develop caring, sensitive attitudes, thus becoming valuable members of our local and wider communities. As a Catholic school we believe that all of our teaching should be rooted in our Christian and British values.
We want to equip you, our children, with the skills to live healthy, safe and responsible lives. Our PSHE teaching will allow you to build confidence, resilience and self-esteem whilst developing your ability to manage feelings in a positive and effective way, identify and manage risks and build and maintain good relationships. These are all vital skills for living in the wider world.
We believe in creating a safe space for children to talk and be heard. We know and understand that children have the right to give an opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously. Pupil voice is important to us and in order to support this we have an active School Council that is democratically elected by you, for you.
“Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded.”
At St Mary’s we have a very active School Council, eager to participate in all aspects of school life as well as across the local schools’ Coastal Alliance. Councillors from Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 meet at lunchtime as often as possible to discuss how current initiatives are developing and any future plans we may have.
A recent development for the school council is that they now run a ‘healthy snacks’ fruit and veg stall at playtime for KS2, who pay 20p if they wish to have an additional snack. This was the school council’s idea in 2018 and has been implemented successfully.
In November 2019, our year 2, 4 and 6 representatives were invited to participate in the Alliance Forum, hosted by Head Teacher Ben Cooper at Swalecliffe School. This year the forum had a focus on environmental awareness. Children heard from an introductory speaker (an eco-schools assessor) who explained to children different ways that they could make changes to become an eco-school. They also participated in various activities throughout the morning. All schools discussed and decided upon one particular area that they would like to focus on. In addition to all of the wonderful initiatives already in place in many schools, Coastal Alliance schools have decided to collect crisp packets to send off to Kent Air Ambulance so that they can recycle these to make insulated blankets.
In addition to this, we are hoping to take on some ideas from other schools and take a few steps closer to gaining eco-school status. We are hoping to implement litter picks, beach cleans, create a new eco-code which is displayed in every classroom as well as on a specifically allocated eco-board. We are also hoping to make more use of our school garden by planting flowers, fruit and veg in the spring so that we can even sample some of the produce in the summer term and maybe even sell some in our ‘healthy snacks’ stall!
In order to fund these ambitious projects, councillors will be asking classmates to put forward ideas for fundraising opportunities to buy items such as litter pickers, compost, seeds and plants pots.
A busy year I’m sure you will agree!
Mrs M Martyn