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 & 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 by Ten Ten – ‘Life to the Full’ 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 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’ antibullying, 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.
We had a special visit from our local police officer and his two friends-police dogs! The children had the opportunity to meet and learn about the police dogs important skills of helping the police sniff and find hidden objects. Some lucky children were chosen to be police officers and with the help of the sniffer dogs, they found hidden items in our school garden.
During our PSHE lesson, we learnt about the dangers that the world is facing from climate change. In our classes we talked about some of the choices we are making that is causing the climate to heat up. We researched on what we could do to stop climate change and decided to make a class poster to share our message about saving our world.
Miss Fonseca and Mrs Byrne taught us about the British Values. We played a game where we were shown some words, they asked us to raise our thumbs up or down if any of these words were something we valued or not. We learnt about some very important rules called laws, which our country uses to help us stay safe. They shared and explained the British Values to help us understand how we all have an identity, how we can make decisions together, and how we treat each other as we want to be treated.
As part of Mental Health week, we leant about our feelings and how our feelings can impact us during different times. We recognised that our feelings often have a cause and we were able to say why we felt a certain way. We realised there are a broad range of emotions we can feel rather than just 'happy' or 'sad'. We tried to name as many feelings as we could during our lesson to help us find the words to express ourselves.
Stay safe, Don't Meet up, Accepting files, Reliable, Tell someone
We were reminded in this assembly about the importance of keeping ourselves safe online. We learnt that if we are worried or unsure about something online, we can speak up to a trusted adult. We learnt the SMART rules to remind us of our choices to keep ourselves safe online.
To end our last day of Autumn Term 1, we dressed up in our favourite Halloween costume. We all looked colourful and 'spooky' to celebrate Halloween. We all took turns to show our parents and carers our fabulous costumes by parading in our school garden.
'One Kind Word'
As part of Anti-Bullying week, the children created a class poster that shared the message of one kind word, which is this years theme. The children were fantastic as they understood that kind words make us all feel happier and special inside and out.
Continuing on with Anti-Bullying week, the children celebrated the important message of 'Being different and unique' by creating a paper sock puppet that represented how wonderfully unique they all are. The puppets look fantastic and they certainly show how how individual all our children at the school are.
In reception, the children used their creative skills to paint a self-portrait to show how they are unique. They explored the use of colour to represent how they looked and used a mirror to explore the shape of their features. They all did a brilliant painting highlighting their uniqueness.
The children in reception had a special visit from Harold the Giraffe to talk about how to stay happy and healthy and how their body works. The children shared their thoughts with their class teacher on the things that make them happy and healthy.
During our learning we learnt how our behaviour -good or not can affect other people around us. We shared our ideas on what this meant to us with our class, and we made promises to try to think about making better choices that are kind and thoughtful.
We learnt about the importance of keeping safe online and that it is not acceptable to share pictures with others without the permission from an adult. We looked at rules for keeping safe online, how to recognise risks, harmful content and how to report them. We learnt how information and data is shared and used online.
Saying No is acceptable to say when online and offline. This is what the children in Year 1 learnt about during their PSHE/COMPUTING lesson. Through role play and class discussion, the children practised saying no if something did not feel right. They learnt that they all have boundaries which help them to stay safe and they can ask for help from a special adult if they felt they had not been heard.
The year 2 children started off the new autumn term by harvesting carrots grown in their school garden. Adopting the schools learning behaviours; the children worked as a team, had their creative hats on and were resourceful during the process of preparing the delicious carrot cakes they made for each other.
Keeping germs at bay was an important discussion point for the children in year 2. During the discussion they had to explore how germs are spread, describe simple hygiene routines and understand that vaccinations help to prevent certain illnesses.
Harold the Giraffe's friend, Peppe was feeling upset and Harold reached out to the children for some help.
During the discussion, children learn to recognise, name and understand different feelings and to explain where somebody could go for help if they were upset.
What would your ideal classroom look like? How would you feel inside of it? How would you behave? How would you expect others to behave? What can you see? What would it sound like? What can you hear?
These were the questions children explored to help them create their ideal classroom. We had some excellent ideas!
When do you feel safe? Where do you feel safe? Who makes you feel safe? Are there any situations where we feel safe/unsafe?
These were the questions we explored with our class to decide if there were certain situations we find ourselves in, that make us feel worried, nervous, frightened or uncomfortable. We also thought about how our bodies changed when we felt safe or unsafe.
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.