Citizenship and PHSE activities promote pupil participation. The activities set up by the different teachers in our school enable children to begin to develop the skills of participation and responsible action that they will need as they prepare to play an active role as citizens. The activities can either take place in the classroom, in the school or in the wider community (or a mixture of these locations). Various aspects of knowledge, skills and understanding in the PSHE (Personal, social, health and education) and citizenship framework for key stages 1 and 2 are covered.
At the beginning of the year, children in each class discuss and agree on class rules to create a pleasant classroom environment. The rules are displayed and can be added to or amended as work in citizenship progresses. The school monitor system develops a range of monitoring responsibilities throughout the school for younger and older children alike. These evolve from the classroom (milk, paper bin, book, cloakroom) through to whole-school areas, for example lunchtime office monitors, lunchtime helpers, playground buddies (mainly year 5 children) and PALs (play at lunchtimes).
Individual children also demonstrate their talents to the class or to the school through show and tell and assemblies. The presentations of certificates, medals or other awards are usually shared during school assemblies on Mondays and Fridays. Drama, music and dance are performed regularly throughout the year. The SEAL scheme of work has been introduced within the school and children take part in themed weeks such as ‘good manners week’, ‘lunchtime behaviour week’, ‘playground week’ ‘listening week’, ‘anti-bullying week’ and ‘different faith week’ to highlight specific issues. Older children introduce the themes in assemblies and take responsibility for supporting younger children in maintaining the theme.
Moreover, children engage in the life and the organization of the school by taking part in school councils (2 members of each class in the juniors). Class councils provide an opportunity for all children to take part in consultation and decision-making activities, during which they learn about the democratic process and see the effect of their involvement. Class councils address class, year-group or whole-school issues. The council can commission action teams to involve more children in the class. Finally children can work with children from different schools or members of the wider community by taking part in activities that offer support and opportunities for mutual learning and joint working. Children in Year 1 this year are visiting The Red Marsh school weekly and get involved in music lessons.
At Sacred Heart we are inspired by Jesus to be the very best we can be. We look after one another and show respect and love through our relationships with one another. Jesus is invited into our hearts. In the Beatitudes, Jesus invites us to lead a full life with him by explaining what makes people blessed or happy. This is about understanding how loving our neighbour enables us to be happy too. Therefore, having a good relationship with ourselves and the other people in our lives makes us grow and flourish and we respect that everyone is a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. We are all children of God, called to grow in love for him through the person of Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News through the action of the Holy Spirit.
At Sacred Heart we follow the Journey In Love programme. This is an ambitious, evolving programme of work that offers a fully-integrated and holistic programme in Relationship Education.
The programme adopts a 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.
Early Years Foundation Stage: Children will expand their vocabulary by applying names to different family/friend relationships, consider positive/negative behaviour in relationships and learn to look to Jesus as their role model for a good friend. They will learn to resolve conflict and the importance of asking for forgiveness when necessary.
Key Stage 1: Children are taught to identify the Special People in their lives who they love and can trust, how to cope with various social situations and dilemmas, and the importance of saying sorry and forgiveness within relationships. We also explore the risks of being online, the difference between good and bad secrets, and teaching on physical boundaries. Children also learn about the effects of harmful substances (including alcohol and tobacco), some basic First Aid and what makes a 999 emergency and what they should do if in an emergency situation.
Lower Key Stage 2: The sessions here help children to develop a more complex appreciation of different family structures and there are activities and strategies to help them develop healthy relationships with family and friends; here, they are also taught techniques for managing thoughts, feelings and actions. We have also incorporated some excellent NSPCC resources, as well as teaching on bullying and abuse through a series of animated stories. Children will also learn in greater depth about the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco and how to make good choices concerning these as they get older.
Upper Key Stage 2: The sessions aim to equip children with strategies for more complex experiences of relationships and conflict; this includes sessions that help children to identify and understand how to respond to spoken and unspoken pressure, the concept of consent and some practical demonstrations of this, and further teaching on how our thoughts and feelings have an impact on how we act. The programme also explores the risks of sharing and chatting online at a level more appropriate to Years 5 and 6, and a more complex understanding of different forms of abuse. Finally, the children will explore their relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good.
The impact of our HRSE curriculum provides our children with a chance to reflect, learn and apply these crucial skills taught within the program and beyond.
To recap, through our curriculum, we teach our children to:
The scheme of work also includes opportunities to link to British Values and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development).