At St Bridget’s PSHE is important and as a Catholic school it is embedded in the ethos of the school as defined in the Mission Statement and Aims of our school.
Through our PSHE teaching we:
- Nurture mutual trust and respect
- Develop understanding and tolerance
- Develop an awareness of social, economic, political and ecological issues
- Develop positive attitudes to health and encourage the development of healthy life choices
- Foster self-respect and self-esteem among all members of the community
- As a Catholic school, develop a respect for God and each other through the ethos of the school community and the teaching of the gospels
- Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
- Within the school community, children will be given opportunities to work on feelings and to practice personal and interpersonal skills
At St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School we also aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We hold an annual Health and Safety Week where our focus is on promoting healthy eating, being hygienic and taking care of ourselves and others. Children at our school have the opportunity to meet members of our local community who help us such as the Police and nurses. This year we were privileged to welcome the Coastguard to school. Our children spent an afternoon meeting Coastguard officers, getting to try out their equipment and experience some of their safety and rescue techniques!
We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life through school councils, fundraising events and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, English, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities. It is embedded into all we do at our school.
As part of our PSHE and citizenship work, the children are encouraged to develop independence and a sense of responsibility for themselves and others.
At St Bridget’s we have a very high expectation for behaviour and using excellent manners. To encourage this, the whole school aims to follow their own set of Class rules. We endeavour to work hard, try our very best, listen to people, look after property, be honest, be kind and helpful and be gentle and safe. Each class is responsible for drawing up its own set of rules through discussion which reflects our core values.
St Bridget’s School Council
This year our school councillors have worked together in order to organise a range of fun and exciting events for our school. They meet regularly to discuss ideas and listen to each other’s viewpoints about issues within the school.
During the Autumn term the councillors suggested that our Harvest festival would focus on our local community and donations of food were distributed to our local food bank. At the start of the Spring term they helped to organise a Toy Sale to raise money to sponsor our child Franklin in South America for another year. Through their hard work and generosity of everyone who took part we raised over £300.
St Bridget’s actively participates in Anti-Bullying week. This year we held a non-uniform day, where our children were encouraged to come to school wearing blue to show their support. The Friends of St Bridget’s PTA also organised a Friendship disco which was well attended and enjoyed by all!
PSHE activities will be planned according to the different levels of children’s skills and previous knowledge. A range of teaching strategies and learning styles will be used in delivering this area of the curriculum. These will include:
- Circle time and class discussion
- Different and imaginative styles of writing
- Links to the ‘The Way, The Truth, The Life’ programme of study for RE, will be made
- Role-play and drama
- Visits and visitors when appropriate
- Class lesson time
- Assemblies to introduce weekly topics
- Structured group work
- Nurture group
- Play and games