PSHE in our school is taught through SCARF
Our PSHE programme of study – SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) aims to equip our pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our curriculum intends to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that foster pupils’ knowledge and skills necessary to grow personally and socially, to protect and enhance their wellbeing, to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, who are able to responsibly contribute to our diverse society. SCARF promotes a deep understanding of British Values, developing appreciation of others and their value in society, as well as build positive views of themselves, so as to develop their self-worth, a strong sense of identity and become confident citizens by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. All the topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide all pupils with appropriate and essential safeguarding knowledge to enable them to know they can ask for help.
The SCARF programme of study is fully in line with the learning outcomes and core themes of the PSHE Association scheme of work. It covers all the required objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. It also fulfils the requirements of the 2020 Statutory Relationship and Health Education which enables all pupils to build good, safe and healthy relationships now and in their future lives.
At the convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School and Nursery we have a clear and comprehensive programme of study for PSHE – SCARF. This is a high-quality, inspiring curriculum with excellent enrichment experiences to enable pupils to develop essential life skills. It is designed to be taught in thematic units with a spiral approach, ensuring themes can be revisited and pupils can recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of their education. All lessons include supporting materials, including building a rich bank of vocabulary.
SCARF links well with our clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work – ‘Journey in Love’ which is rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, reiterates the meaning of living well in relationship with others and presents pupils with a positive framework for a life in Christian faith, this scheme of work follows the Diocese of Westminster requirements. We aim to deliver our PSHE curriculum in a creative way by using strategies such as role play, music, singing, discussion, debate, games, etc. These strategies enable pupils to build upon our Learning Behaviours such as confidence, resilience, curiosity, and responsibility. PSHE is an important part of our school assemblies where pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Our assemblies include ‘Power of One’ anti-bullying, local police visit to raise awareness of ‘Stranger Danger’, Spud and Yam for Black History Month raining awareness of sustainability, Online Safety awareness, etc. Pupils work is recorded in Floor Books. The curriculum also provides supportive resources to extend their learning at home.
Assessment for learning opportunities are built into each unit, which enables self-evaluation, reflective learning, allowing teachers to evaluate and assess progress. It also offers a tool for summative assessment, creating opportunities to record and track achievement.
The SCARF programme of study provides our school with an effective framework for pupils’ wellbeing. Pupils are enabled to develop the vocabulary, confidence and resilience to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings within an environment that encourage openness, trust and respect and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will apply their understanding of society to their everyday interactions, from the classroom and the school to the wider community they are part of. SCARF actively supports our school which prioritises physical and mental health, providing pupils with the skills to evaluate their own wellbeing needs, practice self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them.
Our PSHE provision has a positive impact on the whole child, including their attainment and progress, by mitigating any social and emotional barriers to learning and build on their self-esteem. In our school we use SCARF as a tool to promote wellbeing, safeguarding and SMSC outcomes. We believe that through the effective delivery of the SCARF curriculum we enable pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed at school and in the wider world.
SCARF - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience & Friendship
Each value is linked to a colour on the scarves worn by Harold the giraffe and his friends, and which everyone in school can wrap around themselves either in reality or in their imaginations, reminding them to put the SCARF values into action. The SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking and fun activities.
Check out Harold's Daily Diary
Topics will include:
· Taking regular exercise
· Being creative
· Helping others
· Connecting with others – in ways that are safe
· Mindfulness – learning to enjoy the moment, here and now.
Harold has already put a little message on the website:https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/harolds-daily-diary
And don’t forget Harold Daily Dairy for exciting stories and activities:
Earth Day began in 1970 when 20 millions of American joined in events all over the country. They marched the streets to show their support to help the environment. Since then, over 192 countries have held events to support the day, from conferences and street marches, to art displays and beach clean-ups!
Have a look at how Earth Day is celebrated around the world:
Each year Earth Day covers a different theme. This year will be the 50th Earth Day and the theme is 'Climate Action'.
The aim is to help children and grown-ups to understand how the climate is changing on our planet.
Why is Climate Change harmful?
Harmful gases make changes to the climate. The gases are made by cars, trucks, aeroplanes and even factories. Burning fuels to make electricity also makes these gases. These harmful gases go up into the air and get trapped, making the Earth heat up. This is called global warming. Global warming isn’t good for our Earth.
What can we do to to help stop the Climate change?
Remember our Assembly 'Breathe Clean'? The Eco-Warriors talked about air pollution and they gave us some ideas how to make the air cleaner:
Recycle and reuse objects to help reduce waste.
Use our cars less by cycling and walking more often.
Use less electricity and switch off electrical items when you are not using them.
Can you think of other ways?
Follow the link for information on how we affect our environment and what can we do to help protect our planet
And here is a great hymn to celebrate our planet Earth and thank God for His beautiful creation:
How will you celebrate Earth Day?
In March, we have been learning what does it mean to be a creative thinker. We learnt to solve problems in new ways, to use our imagination, to keep an open mind and think outside the box. Can you think outside the box? Are you a creative thinker?
This is the challenge the School Council presented at our assembly:
There are three books inside a basket.
Three children each take one of the books.
How can it be that there is one book still in the basket?
In the month of February we have found out that we learn more and better when we keep an open mind, we keep asking lots of questions and we dig deeper. We learnt that learning is an adventure!
January is the month of Confidence! In class we talked about how we can achieve anything if we BELIEVE IN OURSELVES. All we need to do it try our best and our teachers are here to help us succeed!
Odd Socks Day
On Thursday 14th November, we celebrated Odd Socks Days as part of Anti-Bullying Week. We were delighted to see such an array of colours walking around the school.
What a great chance for the children to celebrate that we are all different and unique.
We raised money to help the Anti-Bullying Alliance to continue all their work.
We had an assembly about anti-bullying called the Power of One and learnt that we can stop bullying from happening using this one powerful tool – ourselves! We learnt that bullying is hurtful, intentional, and purposeful, and how to go from being a by-stander (someone who watches bullying happening) to an up-stander (someone who can help/try to stop the bullying). The most important thing to remember is to always tell a teacher or a trusted adult if you see or experience bullying.
On the 11th of November we celebrated Remembrance Day. We remembered all the people who had fought for us and are not with us anymore.
The children used recycled material to make poppies to display. Scroll down for some examples:
In October we celebrated the history, arts and culture of black British people and we learnt more about our shared History. Each class researched black men and women who have made a significant impact on our history and created beautiful projects.