PSHE & RSE
At St. Thomas Aquinas we are committed to the education of the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. This includes the teaching of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) at a level which is appropriate to the age and stage of development of our children. We believe that the teaching about human love and relationships must have the teachings of Jesus at its core and promote Catholic virtues as well as equipping all children with the clear and scientific information they need to maintain successful and happy relationships and healthy minds and bodies.
We want to equip our children with the skills to live healthy, safe and responsible lives. Our PSHE teaching allows them to build confidence, resilience and self-esteem whilst developing their ability to manage feelings in a positive and effective way, identify and manage risk and build and maintain good relationships. These are all vital skills for living in the wider world.
We follow 'Life to the Full', a holistic programme in relationship education that truly does enable children to 'live life to the full' (John 10:10). The programme runs from EYFS to Year 6 and incorporates interactive videos, story-based activities, music and prayer. In addition, there is a parent platform so that parents can engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for their children.
School Events 2019-2020
Young Cares Assembly
Sam, a support worker from the North Staffs Carers came into school to deliver an assembly about 'young carers'. She highlighted the importance of young carers in our society and the support available. Thank you Sam, we loved meeting and listening to you.
Anti-Bullying Week Assembly
The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying week is " All different, All equal". In every class the children have been exploring what it means to bully, how to deal with bullying and exploring how we are all different and all equal. During our assembly we discussed that at St Thomas Aquinas we are against bullying and we celebrate our differences and individuality. We follow the gospel teaching of "Treat others the way you want to be treated!"
Our now Year 2 children are enjoying taking part in an Intergenerational Workshop with our friends at St Dominic's.
School Events 2018-2019
Here our fabulous Year 1 children enjoying another fantastic Intergenerational Workshop at St Dominic's with their friends.
Books for Africa
We have collected some of our old school books and are donating them to schools in Africa.
Water Safety Assembly
Stephen from Canal and Waterways Trust presented an assembly on water safety. Through a series of games, activities, and role play pupils spotted the hazards of being near water and learnt how to react in an emergency. The pupils were taught basic water safety such as don't swim in open water, canals or locks as these are very unsafe and water levels are unpredictable. We were asked to remember SAFE: Stay Away From the Edge. When near water we were reminded to keep clear from the edge so that they don't accidentally fall in!
The whole school enjoyed a very interesting and informative visit from the Dogs Trust. We learned about the importance of looking after dogs. This includes: -Getting them chipped and pinned. -Taking them for two walks per day. -Making sure they drink plenty of water and eat regular meals. -Giving them lots of love and attention! We then participated in workshops in our classroom, which we all enjoyed.
Essential Life Skills
Non-Smoking Day Assembly
Liz from the Public Health Service delivered an assembly to KS2 on the dangers of smoking. She showed us this through putting the ingredients (of a cigarette) into a bowl one at a time and asked if we would like to put these ingredients into our bodies. It was a visual and informative display of the dangers of smoking.
The Animal Aid company visited KS2 and discussed issues like pet care animal rights and animal welfare. We also discussed vegetarianism/veganism. We found this extremely interesting and informative.
Some of our Year 1 children are privileged to be attending an inter-generational workshop. We attend sessions at St. Dominic's Court, here we connect two generations together in traditional song and dance activities. Our pupils are thoroughly enjoying these sessions, it really is the most fantastic experience for all and has so many benefits for both age groups.
We had a visit from the staff from Attend to discuss the importance of attending school. We all know that we should try to be at school every day and aim for 100% attendance.
Children's Mental Health Week
Mrs Bekalo delivered an assembly during Children’s Mental Health Week, we focused on taking steps to be healthy: inside and out. We learnt that our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical well-being can help our mental well-being too. We also took part in different activities in our classrooms during the week.
To improve our understanding of cats and learn about how to care for them we invited Cats Protection into school for a whole school assembly. We found this really interesting as lots of us have cats at home, we learnt things from feeding, playing with to neutering cats.