Health and Wellbeing
The Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) Curriculum in our school is based upon three core themes.
- Health & Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World.
Through these, our children acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to help them manage their lives. As part of our whole school approach, PSHE lessons will develop the qualities and attributes our children need to thrive as an individual, family member, and as a member of the wider community whilst also promoting their self-confidence, resilience and self-esteem. We aim to equip our children with behaviours to live healthy, safe, responsible and balanced lives. We provide opportunities for them to reflect on our School Values and respond to complex, and sometimes conflicting opinions that they may encounter now- and in the future.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND DANCE:
Within our Physical Education Curriculum, we aim to develop our children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, gymnastics, team games and athletics, which are taught in our school hall, outdoor ball court, playground and large sports field.
- promotes an understanding of our bodies in action;
- involves the skills of thinking, selecting and applying; and
- develops positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
This enables our children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.
Our specialist Sports Coaches and Dance Instructors deliver regular sessions and they are passionate about teaching our children, whatever their ability or individual needs. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, and those with particular talents.
Our children are stimulated by the outdoors and we believe that Forest School provides experiences that develop our children’s self-belief and confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication, problem-solving skills and promotes emotional well-being. In our school, we have a dedicated, purpose-built Forest School area on site; it comprises of a Woodland Area and a Barefoot Sensory Trail.
The Woodland Area is a beautiful natural area with dozens of trees and indigenous species of plants and insects. It has a pathway running through it that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, and it has two log circle areas. One can be covered by a tarpaulin in wet weather, and the other is used for fire or tool use. We have a fully qualified Forest School Leader who ensures the site/each activity is fully risk-assessed. Our children have timetabled sessions and some of the activities they have experienced include:
- boiling a storm settle to make hot chocolate;
- cooking popcorn on the fire;
- whittling sticks with a knife;
- sawing fire wood;
- forming clay ‘Tree Guardians’;
- creating Hapa Zome bunting using natural dyes,
- concocting smelly potions, and
- making natural paints and paint brushes.
Our Barefoot Sensory Trail is made from stones, wood, plants, wooden obstacles and a water area with a water fountain and coloured glass gems. It gives our children the experience of different textures and promotes animated discussions about how it feels to them. We also have a mini orchard with some fruit trees which we want to make use of as the different seasons offer us ‘woodland food’.
We are planning to make a ‘living den’ by growing beans around a cone made from bamboo canes and also plan to make 'seed bombs' and throw them onto the mound in the middle of the trail, creating a bank of wildflowers.
As well as our on-site Forest School, we have Orienteering courses designed within our extensive school grounds. We often use our outdoor space to bring the Curriculum to life and also offer two Residential trips to the children in our school.