Our approach to wellbeing and PSHE is changing in 2019/2020 as we introduce some new programmes to our overall programme of Positive Education.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Our PSHE programme has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils.
Our Programme of Study for PSHE education aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).
We use a number of core resources to support our work in this area, including those from Young Minds, Bounceback and Life to the Full.
They provide a support guide for parents and teachers which includes advice on how to help children with specific mental health conditions.
This is an Australian programme which provides an abundance of material for our teachers which enables them to provide learning opportunities around wellbeing and resilience. Mr Burke learnt about and started using Bounceback whilst teaching in Singapore and is pleased to bring the programme to St Cecilia's. It is quite natural at times to let an issue consume all of our emotions, this happens even more so during childhood. Bounceback helps children to maintain perspective.
The learning programme explores topics connected to student wellbeing and resilience in nine curriculum units, with a variety of engaging classroom activities. To explore topics, units incorporate high quality children's literature and use Circle Time discussions.
Positive Education integrates the core principles of Positive Psychology with the evidence-informed structures, practices and programmess that have been shown to enhance wellbeing and academic achievement.
- It is a whole school, teacher-led, pupil-centred approach which aims to support all members of a school community to succeed and prosper.
- It is underpinned by Positive Psychology (Seligman & Peterson) and Cognitive Behavioural Theory (Aaron Beck) or evidence-based pedagogy based on understanding that how you think affects how you feel, which influences how you behave.
See the Bounceback poster below in pdf format, it's great to talk through with our Key Stage 2 pupils.
Education for Personal Relationships
Life to the Full is a Scheme of Work in Relationships Education for Catholic primary schools, with a spiral approach to learning, in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age-appropriate stage through their school life.
The programme includes teaching about
- personal health,
- physical and emotional wellbeing,
- strong emotions,
- private parts of the body,
- personal relationships,
- family structures,
- trusted adults,
- growing bodies,
- puberty, periods,
- life cycles,
- the dangers of social media,
- where babies come from,
- an understanding of the Common Good and living in the wider world.
The entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God - created chosen and loved by God. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families.