We believe that the school curriculum should aim to provide opportunities for all children to learn and to achieve. Our PSHCE & Philosophy curriculum aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Our PSHCE & Philosophy curriculum is taught through three core themes which broadly overlap. These are;
- health and wellbeing
- living in the wider world
Through this teaching we endeavour to foster the notions of responsibility and empowerment to promote a sense of achievement and to enhance self-confidence.
Our PSHCE & Philosophy education is guided by the values of: Honesty, Kindness, Trust, Responsibility, Friendship, Self-control, Empathy, Respect, Humility, Forgiveness and Tolerance.
The whole school supports PSHCE & Philosophy as it aims for children to be able to independently make informed decisions within their own community and empowers children to work independently.
Children are taught PSHCE & Philosophy in a separate planned curriculum time to provide a developmental programme that both consolidates and further extends existing knowledge, skills and understanding. Visiting professionals may also provide talks or workshops to children.
These professionals include the NSPCC, Police, Online safety ‘John & John’ and Open the Book. PSHCE & Philosophy values are also introduced in and explored within assemblies. Celebrations from a range of faiths and religions as well as days significant to Britain and the world are also covered (e.g. Remembrance Day, D-Day, Diwali). Some aspects of PSHCE & Philosophy is also taught through other subjects in order to integrate the values taught in every aspect of the children’s learning. Strategies and methods used during this teaching includes circle time, drama and games.
PSHCE & Philosophy is sometimes delivered through a range of whole school activities. Children are given opportunities to join in and contribute to local and national initiatives e.g. community cohesion projects and fund-raising activities. Children may take part in school assemblies, be elected as a School learning Councilor representative and are encouraged to express their opinions. Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 also watch BBC News round every day and are exposed to Picture News so as to keep up to date with current affairs.
Visit by Sandy Martin MP
Sandy Martin is the MP for Ipswich. He is 61 years old and his birthday is 2nd May. It took Sandy 40 years to get a point across that he first announced in his university interview!
Freya asked Sandy the colour of his toothbrush and we were delighted to hear that he couldn’t remember!
Sandy talked about plastic waste and how he wants people to use plastic only when necessary and not for most things. He also said he uses his own cups to save on plastic waste.
Amelia asked whether Ipswich is safe. Sandy said it was very safe compared with some unfortunate places. His idea to solve knife crime is to get more police and support younger children so that they say NO! He believes that knife crime is mainly caused by people from London who deal drugs, reaching younger people in Ipswich.
On Tuesday 10th October we supported World Mental Health Day. As a school we dressed in yellow to raise money for the charity YoungMinds. YoungMinds provide a lifeline to thousands of families, advising and supporting them to understand their child’s behaviour and secure the right help.
Cliff Lane has teamed up with Women’s Aid to run the ‘Expect Respect’ Programme. The children have engaged in a series of assemblies and focus sessions looking specifically at the topic of relationships. The sessions have encouraged open-ended active learning that enabled them to explore this issue in ways that are relevant to their own lives.
The Royal Wedding Celebrations! Exploring the sanctity of marriage and relationships.