Policy: PHSCE Policy
Staff Co-ordinator: Mrs. D. Cross
Link Governor: Ms. S. Ingwersen
Statement of Intent:
1.10.19- In RE we have started to think about the creator of the world. We understand that many people have different beliefs about how the world was made and that this is ok. Today we looked at breath-taking pictures with a beautiful music video to accompany them. We were so amazed by the beauty of the earth that it really got us thinking about what kind of creator could make this earth. We agreed it would have to be a kind, clever, powerful, calm and happy creator. As you can see by the pictures – we were truly mesmerised.
PHSCE- We were lucky to have Zoo lab come in to visit us again this half term. The children love to find out all about animals and having the opportunity to get up close to them. Some of the children were a little unsure, but overcame their boundaries to get a little closer or to even touch some of the animals. This was a great achievement and the children were very proud of themselves.
PHSCE- During Thrive sessions we have been working on feeling special. We have discussed things that make us special. We enjoy using puppets in our discussion so we have made our own.
Each class has been working on exploring a Safe Place. We have thought about somewhere that makes us feel calm and safe when we are dysregulated. Our safe places are unique to us and are up in the classroom for us to use whenever we feel like we need to. There were some amazing ideas and art skills used to produce them.
PHSCE- The children all took part in Prickly Hay. There were songs, dancing and acting galore. The children all joined in and loved presenting their play to their friends and family.
In RE, we have been looking at Incarnation. We have recapped the Christmas story and what we can remember from it. We have looked at the important roles the people in the story played and who is important to us. We have learnt that Jesus wasn’t a normal baby and the children have explored reasons why. The children have learnt that Jesus was God in the flesh and was sent to save and help people.
We have made Christmas cards for our local residential home and local elderly residents, spreading the Christmas message to those who might not receive a card at this time of year.
PHSCE- We raised money for the Butterwick Hospice, a local hospice in our area. We made Rudolph masks and were sponsored to run around the yard 10 times. We talked about how donating to a charity in our area is important to those in need.
PHSCE- Pudsey bear came into see us to help us to learn about Children in Need and why we donate. We made out Pudsey bears and thought about how we could make them different. Pudsey loved our creative ideas.
PHSCE – Our focus in PHSCE has been our feelings and emotions. We have been working on showing our emotions and investigating how they make us feel. We have spent time looking at other people’s faces to see how they are feeling.
We have taken part in World Mental Health Day and talk about ways we can stay healthy and look after ourselves.
We have been taking part in a mindfulness activities and yoga to help us relax and take time to be still and quiet.
RE- We have been learning about the Creation story. We have enjoyed learning about the different days and have thought about how God might have been feeling. We are very grateful for many things and have given thanks to God. We have discussed what makes God special and who is special to us and why.
We are looking forward to celebrating God’s Harvest in the Church.
27.01.20-We have been recapping the Chinese New Year story as well as learning about the year of the rat. We also created some Chinese lanterns to take home!
07.01.20- Children worked in groups to think of and record ways in which water can be represented. Children came up with some great ideas of how water can be dangerous but also refreshing. We then linked this into the reasons why water is used for Baptism.
5.12.19- We designed our own Rudolph masks to complete a Rudolph run around the school yard. This was in aid of raising money for the Butterwick Hospice charity. The children really enjoyed completing their laps and raised lots of money!
2.12.19- Today in PHSCE, we focused on the importance of having different connections with our peers. The children used a ball of wool and threw it to someone they had a connection with in the class. Once everyone had a turn it made a tangled web to show that everyone was connected in some way. The children had some great ideas.
26.11.19- In RE, we have been learning about the importance of God’s rules for Christians. The children were tasked to colour in a picture of how Miss Hepple would like it without any rules/instructions. The children found this very difficult. After, they were given rules/instructions of how to colour it which lead on to a class discussion about how God provides guidance.
01.10.19- As we have begun to understand the importance of creation, children were tasked to think of what God created that is wonderful in the world. We drew and labelled a lot of wonderful things such as; nature, animals and the solar system.
PHSCE- The theme this term has surrounded New Beginnings. We have had some fantastic discussion based lessons where we have focused on our feelings and the feelings of others, strategies to help understand feelings, health and wellbeing, problem solving and understanding the impact and importance of rules and responsibilities inside and outside of school. The children have created an informative poster, where they have displayed their knowledge of mental health, for World Mental Health Day. The children have also enjoyed taking part in yoga sessions.
RE – The children have been learning about The Big Picture and specifically this half term we have been looking at Creation. They have thoroughly enjoyed creating their own version of God, and as a class have analysed the meaning of the words included in Christian songs. This then led to the children creating their own Christian song.
Why is the Resurrection important to Christians?- This Spring half term we are considering the above question in Class 5. We have watched interviews given by Christians who explained what the Resurrection means to them; we have considered evidence found in the Bible and we have looked at how Christians celebrate Easter.
In this activity we looked at different photographs related to the Resurrection. In groups we had to think of questions we would ask about the pictures; what we found interesting about the images and what they could tell us about how Christians feel about the Resurrection.
The Lord’s Prayer- This term (Spring 2020) we are learning all about the Lord’s Prayer and what messages it gives us. We are exploring how relevant those messages are to our everyday lives. On Friday 24th January 2020, Dailey (Year 6) proudly led our whole school in prayer.
A Grilling for Rev Bruce Sawyer- On Wednesday 13th November 2019, Class 5 invited Rev. Bruce Sawyer into their lesson. The children have been learning about Creation and have analysed Genesis Chapter 1. In science, they have also been learning about Evolution. We have had some very mature and thought-provoking discussions about science versus religious belief. We have explored how Christians have different beliefs about Genesis and decided to invite Rev. Bruce Sawyer (our Methodist Minister) to come into school to help us to work through some of our questions.
Rev. Bruce was challenged about his own interpretation of Genesis and whether he believed the world was created in 6 days or not. He was asked why dinosaurs were not mentioned in Genesis and what he thought Heaven would be like.
The standard of questioning was amazing and Rev. Bruce said that the questions had really made him think about his own faith and how to explain his beliefs to others.
Dailey (Year 6) said that this was one of his favourite lessons as he enjoyed discussing and debating issues because it really made him think.
We are very grateful to Rev. Bruce for giving us his time and sharing his beliefs and experiences with us.
Durham Fire Service Safety Talks- Just before Firework night, Durham Fire Service came into school to speak to our children about keeping themselves safe around fire works and bonfires. They gave a Powerpoint presentation and answered lots of questions for the children who were very mature and sensible, showing a good understanding of safety at this time of year.