PSHE & RSHE

‘By following in the footsteps of Jesus,

we are making the heart, mind and spirit soar’

Our actions and words of today are the footprints of our future.

 

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 RSHE (Relationship, Sex and Health Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) 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 become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the ‘whole child’ intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. 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.  This scheme is supplemented with lessons that cover British Values, financial and economic education and first aid from Twinkl Life to ensure full coverage of all areas of the PSHE and RSHE Curriculum. In addition, there is a parent platform so that parents can engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for their children.

 

Teaching and Learning in PSHE & RSHE

Life to the Full is a four-stage structure which is repeated across four different learning stages: Early Years Foundation Stage; Key Stage One; Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two. Within each learning stage, there are three modules which are based on the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum: Created and loved by God, Created to love others, Created to live in community. Each module is furthermore broken down into units of work.

The programme adopts a spiral curriculum approach so that as a child goes through the programme year after year, the learning will develop and grow with each stage, building on the last. The elements from Twinkl Life taught in school cover the key area of living in the wider world. Again this is revisited regularly throughout each child’s learning here at St. Thomas Aquinas and enables them to build upon previous learning, exploring this key area at a depth appropriate for the age and stage of the child.

By the time children leave St. Thomas Aquinas they will have developed the confidence and vocabulary they need to articulate their thoughts and feelings in any situation, trust and respect and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will be able to understand and evaluate their own needs, well-being practise self-care and contribute positively to the well-being of those around them. They will have developed the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to succeed at school and in the wider world, all within a context of the Catholic faith.

 

School Events 

Young Carers 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!"

Intergenerational workshop

Our now Year 2 children are enjoying taking part in an Intergenerational Workshop with our friends at St Dominic's.

Intergenerational workshop

Here our fabulous Year 1 children enjoying another fantastic Intergenerational Workshop at St Dominic's with their friends.

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!

 

 

 

Dogs Trust

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

Some of our Year 4 and 5  children are attending an after school cookery This course encourages the children to expand their cooking skills, to use equipment carefully, to think about the ingredients they are using way and above all enjoy the cooking experience. The cookery club also gives the children confidence and knowledge about food preparation, cooking and presenting and enables the children to produce recipes that are stimulating and nutritious. 

 

 

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.

Animal Aid

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.

Inter-generational Workshop

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.

 

Attend

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.

Cats Protection

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.