Personal, Social and Health Education at St. Amand's
Ofsted - September 2019
'Pupils feel safe. They know what ‘bullying’ means, but it doesn’t happen because ‘teachers wouldn’t let it.’ Older pupils are well trained in supporting their peers to be healthy in body and mind.'
Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes were rated 'outstanding'.
How is the P.S.H.E. Curriculum taught? (Implementation)
At St. Amand's it is taught with a spiral approach to learning, The school follows the "Life To the Full Primary" programme, which includes teaching about personal health, physical and emotional well-being, strong emotions, private parts of the body, personal relationships, family structures, trusted adults, growing bodies, puberty, periods, life cycles, the dangers of social media, where babies come from, an understanding of the Common Good and living in the wider world. The entire teaching is underpinned with a Christian faith understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen and loved by God. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families.
Within the programme, there are 3 modules: Created and Loved by God, Created to Love Others and Created to Live in Community.
- Created and Loved by God explores the individual. Rooted in the teaching that we are created by God out of love and for love, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships.
- Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this Module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe.
- Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s 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.
E-Safety - Gooseberry Planet
From year 1 to year 6, children are taught many key aspects of e-safety. As a school, we use 'Gooseberry Planet' to aid our teaching and to access a range of valuable information for children, staff and parents. Technology is rapidly developing and children are exposed to a great deal of digital input from a very young age. It is so important that they learn how to stay safe online.
Each child has a login to Gooseberry Planet so that they can access the site at home. It allows them to play game-based scenarios which test their understanding of what they have learnt in school.
Catholic Social Teaching
As a Catholic School, we believe that incorporating the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and putting them into action, is intrinsic to developing our children’s ‘whole self’. Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that, even in our modern and ever-changing world, God has a plan for creation and every single one of us, whoever we are. It involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizen. We teach the children about the dignity of the human person, how we are called to live as family and community, about rights and responsibilities, that we are called to stewardship, our responsibility for the poor and vulnerable, about the dignity and rights of workers and about solidarity and the promotion of peace.