St John’s provides a nurturing learning environment. We encourage mutual respect between adults and children alike, provide opportunities for responsibility and the development of self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. Likewise, we aim to develop children’s resilience when overcoming barriers and challenges they may face with a positive learning attitude. We foster the Growth Mindset approach to promote this through school. This empowers children to take leading roles in their own learning journey. It promotes positive outlooks and equips children with the passion to progress and the strength to believe in their own potential. The teaching and learning of PSHE supports and promotes this vision.
PSHE lessons teach diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that reflect society. It allows children to draw upon and share their own experiences as well as listen to the experiences of others. It offers reflection time, where children are encouraged to form their own opinions and develop their own attitudes and values. It guides children to develop themselves, their understanding of the
world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. PSHE in our school also helps children to understand British Values. This supports them to value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and diversity and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
How does PSHE look in our school?
In the Early Years, staff provide opportunities for children to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually and morally under the prime area of the Early Years Foundation Stage, ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development.’ This is underpinned in each of the 17 areas of learning, and is developed across the Early Years environment. As well as this, it is taught weekly in discreet Circle Time lessons. Issues and themes are usually discussed through emotion stories, role-play and discussions about first hand experiences.
Key Stage One.
In Key Stage 1, children are taught weekly discreet PSHE lessons where we aim for children to learn to:
Key Stage Two.
In Key Stage 2, children also have weekly discreet PSHE lessons where we aim for children to learn to:
ways of dealing with these in a positive way.
pressure around issues affecting their health and wellbeing.
Here are the units studied in each year group:
0.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Move your body
A good night's sleep
Hold on Harold
0.2 Relationships, feelings and emotions - I am sad sometimes
1.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Eat well
Harold's wash and brush up
Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.
I can eat a rainbow
1.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - Harold loses Geoffrey
Who can help?
Harold's school rules
What could Harold do?
1.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - Harold learns to ride his bike
Then and now
Inside my wonderful body
Keeping privates private
Taking care of a baby
1.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Surprises and secrets
Good or bad touches
Unkind, tease or bully?
Who can help?
How are you listening?
Pass on the praise.
1.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - Thinking about feelings
Harold has a bad day
Who are our special people?
Feelings and bodies
1.6 Relationships Valuing Difference - It's not fair!
Same or different?
1.7 Living in the wider world, rules, rights and responsibilities - why we have classroom rules
Taking care of something
Our special people balloons
1.8 Living in the wider world, caring for the environment - Around and about the school
1.9 Living in the wider world - Money
How should we look after our money
2.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - My day
Harold's postcard - helping us to keep clean and healthy
My body needs...
What does my body do?
2.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - How safe would you feel?
What should Harold say?
2.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - You can do it!
Sam moves house
Haven't you grown!
My body, your body
2.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Should I tell?
Solve the problem
A helping hand
I don't like that!
Bullying or teasing?
Types of bullying
Some secrets should never be kept
2.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - How are you feeling today?
How do we make others feel?
My special people
Being a good friend
Let's all be happy!
Fun or not?
2.6 Relationships Valuing Difference - An act of kindness
What makes us who we are?
3.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Derek cooks dinner (healthy eating)
Body team work
3.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - The risk robot
Safe or unsafe?
Helping each other to stay safe
Getting on with your nerves!
Alcohol and cigarettes: the facts
Help or harm?
None of your business!
3.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - My special pets
I am fantastic!
My changing body
3.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Tangram team challenge
Looking after our special people
Danger or risk?
How can we solve this problem?
Friends are special
3.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - Secret or surprise?
3.6 Relationships Valuing Difference - Family and Friends
Respect and challenge
Let's celebrate our differences
4.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Making choices
4.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - Danger, risk or hazard?
Who helps us stay healthy and safe?
Know the norms
Medicines: check the label
Keeping ourselves safe
When feelings change
4.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - Moving House
My feelings are all over the place!
4.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Ok or not ok?
Can you sort it?
4.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - Different feelings
Secret or surprise?
How dare you?
5.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Smoking: what is normal?
It all adds up!
5.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - Habits
Independence and responsibility
Our emotional needs
Would you risk it?
Drugs: true or false?
5.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - Different skills
How are they feeling?
Growing up and changing bodies
Help! I'm a teenager - get me out of here!
5.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - It could happen to anyone
Taking notice of our feelings
Here at Leigh St. John's we believe that building resilience is the key to being successful in everything that you do. We explain to the children that there are three zones of learning and invest a lot of time in teaching children about different strategies they can use if they feel they are in the 'Panic Zone'. These strategies are known to the children as 'Learning Powers'. In order to understand how learning powers work it is important to understand the three learning zones. These are as follows;
This is a zone in which children can do the work without feeling challenged. They should not be in this zone for very long within a lesson as their brains are not being stretched and challenged as much as they can be.
This is a good zone to be in. In this zone children are growing their brains and moving on in their learning.
This zone is the zone that makes people feel uncomfortable and as the name suggests can send them into a panic. Children may enter this zone sometimes but it is important that they remember to use their Learning Powers to help them to get out of this zone and back into the Challenge Zone.
Children at St John's will be focussing on eight different learning powers this year. These are as follows;
This year each class will be allocated one of the learning powers. They will explore this learning power and come up with strategies in which it can be applied in real life situations. Each class will also be creating a Learning Power Champion- a character who will be our St. John's mascot for that particular learning power. Once completed, these mascots will be shared in an assembly and each class will discuss the strategies their mascot uses to successfully use their learning power. The Learning Power Champions will then be displayed around school and made visible to parents to encourage lots of discussion at home about the importance of resilience.
If you would like to learn more about recent studies into the importance of resilience then follow the links below.