PSHE at Holy Redeemer

Mission Statement:

Through the Holy Redeemer, we seek to grow in faith and love, to become great people who make a difference in our world.

Our aim:

We provide a nurturing, safe space for children to grow and develop their understanding of themselves and their place in the world. We aim to provide opportunities to develop essential life skills and life-long health and well-being habits, modelled and supported by staff, so that our children can be happy and healthy and live out our school mission statement.

Intent

PSHE education is an area of our school curriculum through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe, and prepared for life. At Holy Redeemer this is at the core of our foundations for all aspects of school life and we recognise the importance of this for all our children. We foster a child centred approach and aim to provide a safe and secure environment where children feel happy, enjoy their learning and where their voices are actively heard. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content for them, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building their learning power (BLP) and nurturing their mental and physical health. Weaving through the heart of all of this is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our Catholic values and faith.

Implementation

Our holistic PHSE curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to become great people who make a difference in our world.
Statutory aspects are taught using a national programme for Catholic primary schools; Life to the Full. From September 2020, Relationships and Sex/Health Education (RSE) became statutory for all schools and this programme teaches this within the context of a Christian understanding and rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.

Our RSE curriculum covers EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and is based on three core themes within which there is abroad overlap. It is adaptable to the age and ability of the pupils which teachers take responsibility for. The three themes are:
• Created and loved by God (this explores the individual) The Christian imperative to love self, made in the image and likeness of God, and shows an understanding of the importance of valuing and understanding oneself as the basis for personal relationships.
• Created to love others (this explores an individual’s relationships with others) God is love. We are created out of love and for love. The command to love is the basis of all Christian morality.
• Created to live in community – local, national & global (this explores the individual’s relationships with the wider world) Human beings are relational by nature and live in the wider community. Through our exchange with others, our mutual service and through dialogue, we attempt to proclaim and extend the Kingdom of God for the good of individuals and the good of society.
Each theme begins with a statement of the virtues which are necessary to living well in relationship with themselves and others. These virtues underpin the teaching and also emerge as a consequence of it. Virtues are habits which are learned from experience and are gained through imitation; the same virtues being modelled by those who teach. They express the qualities of character that we seek to develop in our pupils. These virtues reflect our Christian tradition but they are also, of course, fundamental human virtues which are universally shared.
We also adopt and teach elements of a programme of study from the PSHE Association, which covers non-statutory aspects of our PSHE curriculum. This follows an enquiry based approach that is structured around an overarching question. These begin in Key Stage 1 as ‘What?’ and ‘Who?’’ questions and build throughout Key Stage 2 into ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ questions. The core theme covered by this is ‘Living in the Wider World’. Lessons are planned according to the age and needs of the pupils, with developmentally appropriate learning objectives given to respond to each key question.
At Holy Redeemer we provide a wide range of additional teaching, learning and support for children’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. This includes regular circle time, celebration assemblies, sports clubs, Change 4 Life Team and a qualified support worker who delivers the Thrive programme, who works with children and families who need it. Building Learning Power is introduced to children in Reception Class and progresses throughout each class. This empowers children in understanding how they learn and enables them to work with their strengths and develop the areas needed; responsibility, resourcefulness, reciprocity, resilience, readiness and reflectiveness. This inclusively creates a positive approach in the classroom, which cultivates habits and attitudes that enable our children to become more confident learners; who face difficulty and uncertainty with calmness, confidence and creativity. We highly value children having their voices heard and there are many different councils in our school, with representatives from each class. This includes our School, Eco, Sports, BLP, Values and Leadership councils.

Impact

When children leave Holy Redeemer they have the knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions for their own wellbeing, know how to stay safe, be healthy and develop good relationships. They have learned to be accepting of themselves, with a strong self-awareness and a positive self-esteem, with compassion and empathy. They have an appreciation of being part of a diverse, multicultural community and have respect for themselves and others. They will be confident, independent and resilient individuals who are ready for the next part of their journey in life; ready to become great people who make a difference in our world.
We know this because even before they leave us, our children are proactive in seeing areas in their lives (at school, in our local community, and in the wider world) and determining to do something about them. Our pupils organise and run their own fundraising activities, write letters to national and local bodies express concern over issues, plan and lead assemblies to share important messages, sponsor a child’s education in South Africa, sponsor an abandoned baby elephant in Thailand, support our local foodbank, take part in extra-curricular before and after school sports and fitness activities. The schools that our children go to once they leave us, also tell us that our children exhibit these qualities and often go on to take up leadership posts within their new schools.

‘We cannot teach people anything,
we can only help them discover it within themselves’
Galileo Galilei

Promoting Your Child's Mental Health

“Maintaining good mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. It affects the way children think, feel and act. As a parent, you play an important role in promoting your child’s mental health and recognising when there may be early signs of difficulties”

If you would like to find out more about how you can support your child’s mental health at home, please click on some of the links below.

If you would like any further support, please contact Miss Taylor via email at ht66@holyredeemer.worcs.sch.uk or via the the school office 01386 552518.  These are challenging times for us all and we are here to help wherever possible.

Supporting Children's Physical and Mental Health

Dear Parents and families,

Sometimes children struggle with difficulties in their lives and need additional support at home and at school. Here are some things you may like to consider when supporting your children at home.

Start Talking

Your child might have worries or concerns. You can explore these together through talking and help them think of ways to manage them.  The MindEd website gives some useful information on this (click on the red button to access this).  Starting a conversation can be challenging and expressing emotions verbally can be difficult too.  A creative task can often be a very therapeutic way of helping them express their feelings. Drawing, painting or colouring can all provide an outlet for your child’s emotions.

Sleep Routine 

To help your child with normal sleep routine you can find some useful information on the NHS website (link below) or you may like to use the home learning pack to explore this further (click on the blue buttons to access this).  This is aimed more at KS2 children, however you could use it with younger children through a more talk based approach rather than written.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/healthy-sleep-tips-for-children/  

Coping Strategies

Model coping strategies you use when feeling stressed such as reconnecting with friends before returning, doing regular exercise or using breathing techniques.  These can be done for 10 minutes a day and can have a really positive effect on mental wellbeing (click on the purple buttons to access ideas for this).

Make yourself available as much as possible

Children may want to come and discuss any worries or generally but maybe not when you expect. Create space for talking in different ways, such as going on a walk together or baking together – there may be less pressure in these circumstances than when sitting face-to-face.

If you have concerns or would like some additional support please email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

ht66@holyredeemer.worcs.sch.uk

Take care of yourselves,

Miss Taylor

PSHE Support at Home

Dear Parents and families,

I hope you and your loved ones are all getting by in this challenging time.   I have added some ideas, websites and lesson packs that explore different strategies to support children in helping them manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing.  I hope you find them useful and please contact school if you need any additional support.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Miss Taylor

Mental Health and Wellbeing Activities

The PSHE Association have created mental health and emotional wellbeing home learning packs.   These packs explore different strategies that pupils can use to manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing both during this challenging period and beyond.

The PowerPoints and accompanying resources are based on their existing mental health materials but are adapted for home learning and provide regular opportunities for pupils to reflect on what they have learned.

Please read the ‘guide for parents and carers on education children at home’ before accessing the learning activities.

Road Safety

Worcestershire County Council have shared some key information on road safety.  There is a parent information letter and an activity sheet for children to do too.  Please take a further look by clicking on the links below.

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