Policy: PHSCE Policy
Subject Ambassador: Mrs. D. Cross
Link Academy Councillor: Ms. S. Ingwersen
Statement of Intent:
Opal Learning Zone
How are you independent? – As part of our Character Development the children in the Opal Learning Zone have been attempting to achieve our Superpower of independence! The children set themselves a challenge of showing independence throughout the unit. Every time a staff member identified independent behaviour a child receives a gem which is placed in our gem power pot. After a number of weeks, the children eventually filled their gem power which allowed Opal to have a treat. The children decided to create their own ice-cream. Again, working independently the children created strawberry ice cream which was enjoyed by all.
Children in Need – We have recently had Children in Need day which saw all of the children come to school in their pyjamas to raise money for charity. We used our circle time to discuss why it important to help others and make connections with our school ethos of kindness. The children had a wonderful day dressed up, however they also showed a good understanding of the impact helping others can have.
Amethyst Learning Zone
What does it mean to be healthy? – This week we have used our Character Development lesson to discuss what it means to be healthy. Initially, we recapped what the word healthy actually means and then began to sort food into healthy and unhealthy categories. Following the sorting activity Alfie raised that we can also do exercise to stay healthy. He then added that we could make an assault course outside for the rest of the Learning Zone. Using Alfie’s idea, we donned our coats and began to create a huge assault course in the outdoor area.
Sapphire Learning Zone
What can I share and what should I keep private? – As part of our staying safe topic in Character Development we have been looking at different ways we can stay safe at home, at school and when we are out and about. This lesson, we had a mature discussion about what we can share and what we should keep private. The children were excellent in the discussion and during group work about respecting their bodies.
Kinder Internet Spell – For Safer Internet ay this year we created a kinder internet spell. We started by putting all of the ingredients into a cauldron that we thought would make us kind on the internet. Then we added ingredients to make our very own spell.
Team Work – The children have been working hard to become familiar with and to put into practice our Superpowers in the Sapphire Learning Zone. During a trip to Weardale Adventure Centre the children put into practice and then reflected upon the Superpowers they had used during the day. The children have also taken part in many Kindness activities, our theme for this term linked to KFC, our school vision.
Ruby Learning Zone
Children’s Mental Health – As part of our Character Development this term, we did some work around Children’s Mental Health Week. Each child completed a star setting themselves a personal growth goal. The children also added a name of someone who can support them in reaching their goals to the support balloons.
Emerald Learning Zone
Keeping Safe Online – In Emerald we have been learning how to keep safe online. We have made a class pledge, created posters to inform others how to stay safe and we have looked at how information and pictures may be altered to make us see things differently. The class enjoy these lessons and they always result in wonderful discussion and debates.
Kindness poetry – We have been practicing for our class assembly based on our school Autumn term theme, kindness. Our Christian value for this week was forgiveness and we had a go at writing our own kindness poems with a theme of forgiveness. The whole class performed with confidence and we were really proud them!
Diamond Learning Zone
Children’s Mental Health – The children in the Diamond Learning Zone had fun completing activities for Children’s Mental Health Week. They were tasked to think about who supports them to grow (linking with this year’s theme) and write it on a balloon. The children then came up with their own game that they could play together in a group.
Masking our fears – This half term, the children in the Diamond Learning Zone have been focusing their work around friendships. We know it is important that we care for our friends as well as ourselves and understand what it means to make the correct choice. The children created some fantastic masks to show how we can be confident with who we are and how we can try to mask our fears.
Health & Wellbeing – Our focus for this half term in character development has been physical health and mental wellbeing. We have looked at how we can manage uncomfortable feelings as well as what can be the consequences of making bad choices. The children have enjoyed putting their own thoughts and ideas into their work.