Spring 2 2018 – Federation working of the School Council
We have been meeting jointly with the Infant School this half term.
At these meetings we have been discussing how the Federation will celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Both school councils have approached the kitchens to request a special lunch on Thursday 17th May 2018. Class teachers will be planning special lessons as part of these celebrations. We will be learning about the history of royal weddings, family trees and special celebrations.
PSHE/PATHS Junior School
PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
PSHE is delivered throughout the Federation through the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) programme. This programme is designed to promote social competence, awareness and understanding, as well as facilitating educational processes in the classroom.
Since the introduction of PATHS, each class has a special person, known as the PATHS’ pupil at the junior school, changed daily, to have special responsibilities and privileges. These children receive a compliment slip as part of the PATHS programme. The compliments they receive come from both the staff and their peers. They take this home to then be added to by their family at home. All classes have a PATHS notice board promoting golden rules, PATHS’ pupil of the day and a collection of compliments, received by the children.
PATHS lessons are taught weekly throughout the Federation. These lessons are designed for each year group and contain activities using pictures and photographs. The lessons use a range of teaching methods such as stories, role play and adults modelling behaviour to the children. They are relevant to the children’s individual experiences as they encourage pupils to recall personal experiences, feelings and thoughts to make informed choices. Teachers evaluate and assess the children in PSHE/PATHS termly.
We actively promote British values in our school at an age appropriate level: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The PSHE objectives are supplemented throughout other curriculum areas and activities, including SRE.
To start the year, Year 3 children are fostering a positive environment and working on developing their self-esteem. They are taught the basic emotions that they might feel, how to manage them and ways to express themselves.
Throughout the year, they develop their understanding of emotions in terms of establishing better relationships and improving self-control, self-awareness and anger management.
They also consider transitions, ready for the end of the school year.
Year 4 pick up on and extend the topic of feelings and relationships. They learn about how to make good decisions and solve problems, thinking through the consequences and thereby being more independent and resilient. They also learn about responsibilities and caring for others.
Problem solving is a valuable skill to have, through our lives. Children are taught the stages that they need to go through in various scenarios. They consider how to make and keep friends as well as being responsible and caring for others. They also have time to reflect on their goals and establish their sense of identity.
Year 6 pick up on the emotions and relationships theme by looking at conflict resolution and respect. They are taught skills to help them study and develop their organisational skills. To finish off their time in Junior School, they think about dealing with endings and transitions to new settings.