Anti-Bullying Week 2020
The theme for Anti-Bullying Week is 'United Against Bullying' and we are proud to be bringing it to life in our school. This year more than ever, we've witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together as one to tackle a common challenge and Anti-Bullying week is no different.
From parents and carers to teachers and young people, we all have a part to play in making a real difference. "We're all a piece in the puzzle and together, we're united against bullying."
Our pupils will engage in cross-curricular activities throughout the week. Some of these activities will include motivational speeches, friendship wreaths, role play and poetry.
On Friday 27th November, we held Odd Socks Day where pupils and staff wore odd socks to school to celebrate what makes us all unique. See Class Pages for more photos.
PHSE - Statement of Intent
At St Patrick's, personal, social, health and economic (PHSE) education is an important part of our broad and balanced curriculum and permeates every aspect of school life.
Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is at the heart of our school ethos. Our PHSE education enables pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society and prepares them for life and work in modern Britain.
It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
We provide our pupils with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society, promoting British Values both explicitly and implicitly throughout their school life.
The curriculum is grouped into three core themes; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
We believe that PHSE plays a vital part in primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is embedded well into day to day life.Learning opportunities are planned for according to pupils' development, readiness and needs and prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year.
' Come and See' teaching, assemblies and Collective Worship focuses on a range of themes which are linked to the Gospel Values and pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
We aim to support pupils to be excited and aware about living in a community that is full of diversity and difference.
Here are some comments from our current pupils regarding PSHE:
"Our teachers help us to solve disagreements in a kind way." (Year 4 pupil)
"I understand the importance of showing respect to everyone and to treat others how I would like to be treated." (Year 3 pupil)
"It's great to know that we can talk about how we feel and that others listen." (Year 5 pupil)
"We are taught how to be responsible online." (Year 6 pupil)
"I am learning to share my ideas and opinions with the class and I feel more confident." (Year 2 pupil)
"I know how to stay healthy." (Year 1 pupil)
No Outsiders in our School
Since the start of this year, we introduced the resource,'No Outsiders in Our School' and have been spending time reading lovely books that send out important and powerful messages. These messages remind us of how to be fair, respectful and accepting of others.
We gathered as a school to share these messages through drama, Art work and poetry.
"We are not born with prejudice, we learn it. Our diversity is a gift- a wonderful blessing from God. Let us celebrate it"
This year, we wore our poppies with pride in school and remembered all the people who have died in wars. Each class engaged in cross-curricular activities throughout the week and we held a two-minute silence at 11am on 11th November.
See class pages for more photographs.
A powerful message was shared today about the importance of being kind and true to yourself. Classes presented role play scenarios, shared friendship keys, a tapestry of friendship and poems/stories.
We talked about how words can hurt and leave someone feeling lonely, upset and weak.
It is very true to say that one kind word can brighten someone's day and as a school, that's what we intend to.