At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our
overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.
Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society. In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curriculum.
Our curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.
We take great pride in promoting a range of British Values at St Mary's.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of;
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
Shackleton class played a loop card game about influential black people and did their own research on famous black people who have made an impact.
The children in Bly class have been learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwali. They enjoyed learning about the celebration and joining in with some of the traditions such as making Rangoli patterns. The children created their own Diya lamps using clay and decorated them with bright colours. They also made their own firework paintings to celebrate the festival of light.
We have been remembering those who fought and lost their lives during WWI as part of Remembrance Day. The Head Boy and Head Girl have been selling poppies and attended the Remembrance service at the Memorial Park at the weekend. Classes all took part in a two minute silence and thought about those who lost their lives. Classes created drawings, wreaths and paintings to symbolise the poppy.
Voting for the new Head Boy and Head Girl took place after the year 6 children had finished their speeches on why they thought they would make a good leader at St Mary's.
Aristotle class have been thinking about what is right and wrong. We have been encouraging each other to make good choices.We have been thinking about how as a school we are respecting the civil and criminal law of the country, and appreciating that, the democracy and freedom with which comes a clear moral duty to act responsibly towards those with whom we share our world. In our class we have been discussing acceptance of responsibility for behavior, to show initiative and innovative thinking, and to understand how we can contribute positively to the local community and to society as a whole. British Values permeate throughout our everyday experiences in school, and influence how we deal with matters, as we strive to create a positive culture and a successful, supportive community.