Due to COVID restrictions, changes have been made to the annual Lifeskills Week we provide in school. This year, in place of the visiting Lifeskills classroom, all classes will have Live teaching sessions which are streamed from the Coram Life/SCARF centre. These sessions will take place in the week commencing 24th May and have been carefully planned and coordinated.
Please see the advertised fliers for more information about the SCARF organisation.
PSHCE Curriculum Statement
At St Andrew’s CE Primary School, personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCE) is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHCE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
PSHCE links to The International Rights of the Child
At St Andrew’s CE Primary School, we firmly follow the guidance of the UNICEF Rights of the Child. Specifically, Article 24 states that all children should have “the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help us to stay well”.
The curriculum will meet the statutory Guidance 2019, Relationships Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE), whereby schools must provide a “balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.”
We will provide opportunities to make positive relationships in a safe and caring environment. We encourage reflection on actions and promote restorative justice techniques within relationships-learning, allowing each child to develop empathy, tolerance and a sense of respect and responsibility. We equip children with strategies and skills to negotiate with others. We encourage awareness of self-regulation, which improves mental well-being.
St Andrew’s CE Primary School use a “live” Primary PSHCE scheme of work called Coram Life Education (Also known as SCARF, which stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship).This is an online resource, centred on a Values-based and Growth-mindset approach. It is regularly updated, to reflect the changing needs of society. It can be tailored to specific needs arising in school and covers a wide variety of topics, such as:
- Risk Taking /Safety/Dares
- Emotional Health
- Coping Strategies
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy relationships/bullying
- Puberty/Growing up
- Financial Education
- British Values
- Physical Activity
- Substance Misuse
- Being Yourself
The scheme is known as a “spiral” curriculum, where certain topics might be covered more than once across the time spent in our school, but they are approached each time in greater depth, building on previous “learning blocks”, reinforcing understanding and developing it further.
- Children will stay safe, including online
- Children and adults form positive relationships.
- Children use a range of strategies to solve social challenges.
- Children develop resilience and a positive mind-set.
- Behaviour is improved by explaining feelings and needs.
We welcome different members of the community to share their experiences and expertise with the children. This might be volunteers who share stories from a by-gone time (such as the visit of the soldiers and Warhorses), when pupils are encouraged to reflect on decisions and actions as well as have empathy for outcomes of war; visitors also share information about places visited, where others are less well-off economically and our children are inspired to improve the lives of others through their own actions; our children take time to make food for others in our local community, or to sing to the elderly; risk-taking is encouraged, with a scaffolded approach to considering the harm to themselves and others through actions and takes place in controlled environments such as in Outdoor learning areas and within Forest School environments with trained supervisors. In school, we pride ourselves on being proactive and in seeing children as individuals, with different needs and learning styles. We aim to promote self-help and independence through displays and by example.
Pupils from year 5 went to Barley Hill School in Thame for a day of Anti-Bullying Training. We learnt lots of interesting things; how to stop bullying happening in our school, different types of bullying to be aware of and the roles that people can take in a bullying situation. We were given different ideas about how to prevent bullying and put together an action plan for our school. We have decided to call ourselves the 'Anti-Bullying Buddies' and will work hard throughout the year, with teachers, parents and children to ensure everyone continues to feel safe and happy at St. Andrews.
Hannah, Callie, Ele and Kern.
St. Andrews Anti-Bullying Buddies
Click on the link below and visit the CEOP safety centre centre for internet safety advice.
Internet Safety Advice Poster