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PSHE including SRE

At St James’ C of E Infants and Nursery School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

At our school we deliver PSHE through the Heart Smart (Church of England) Scheme of work alongside Kidsafe and Picture News to highlight current affairs around the world.

This is delivered through:

• The sequence of lessons

• Worship and class circle times

• Special events and themes

 • Visitors to the school

 • School trips and visits

• School initiatives

• Individual support for identified pupils

 At St James’, we believe that it is vital to educate children so they understand how physical activity can help them be healthier.

 We offer a wide range of activities for a variety of age groups ranging from cricket to multi skills. We hold events such as a ‘Walk to School Week’ to emphasise the importance of keeping fit.

We are implementing our RSE curriculum and we are following the diocesan guidance for this.

The Life Education Bus is an event which the children look forward to and highlights the importance of PSHE. The children especially love meeting Harold the Giraffe.

At St James’, we believe that PSHE plays a vital part in primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children values for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

At St James’ the PSHE curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Children leave St James’ with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

PSHE curriculum overview

School Council

Here at St James’  we have 10 councillors. Two from each class are chosen by a voting system. We hold meetings regularly to discuss school issues. Councillors and staff bring items to the agenda.

We successfully improved the playground through the installation of new playground equipment. New foods have been added to the school menu and wet play times are also more exciting through suggestions made by the Councillors.

The Councillors feedback to the staff and children after their meetings. 

You can tell who the school councillors are by the badges worn. 

Mrs Cocksedge leads our School Council meetings.