Personal, Social and Health Education
PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE supports pupil’s spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. PSHE education programmes make a significant contribution to pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statuatory responsibility to promote pupil’s well-being. At Rowan Park School we use the EQUALS scheme of work for PSHE and have chosen units from the scheme for key stage 1, key stage 2 and key stage 3. PSHE is also delivered through New Horizons and ASDAN units within school.
In the early years curriculum pupils study personal, social and emotional development as part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Pupils are taught many skills to develop their self help and social skills throughout their learning and it is embedded within the early learning goals. Pupils follow a thematic approach and half termly themes linked to key interests such as 'All About Me' and 'Light and Dark'. Pupils learning environments are structured so that child initiated learning, selecting resources independently, making choices are encouraged. Pupils are assessed by an adapted Early Learning Goals profile each term.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Pupils in key stage one and two follow EQUALS scheme of work for PSCHE. In Key Stage one pupils study themes such as 'Ourselves', 'Belonging to groups' and 'Making Personal choices'. These themes are linked to other subject areas and some aspects are cross curricular. In Key Stage 2 pupils study themes such as 'My Family'. 'Recycling' and 'My Friends'. Lesson ideas and lesson plans are available to teachers in the EQUALS scheme and are available on the school shared drive.
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Key Stage three follow an adapted PSCHE curriculum using themes linked to EQUALS schemes of work and has cross curricular links with other subject areas such as enterprise and computing, eg e-safety and money management. Pupils follow themes such as 'Making Choices' and 'Relationships'. Pupils also study PSCHE as part of ASDAN units and these are accredited. Pupils also become involved through School Council in developing pupil voice and share ideas and develop skills in fundraising for different charities. Pupils also have themed events such as Healthy Eating Week and Anti-Bullying Week where pupils engage in a range of activities such as
Anti-Bullying marches and Big Breakfasts this year.
Key Stage 4
Pupils at Key Stage four study PSCHE as part of the EQUALS Moving On Curriculum. Pupils are taught a variety of skills for life-long learning and emphasis on enterprise and life skills are studied. Pupils gain a rich variety of experiences in the local area, visiting Bridge Inn farm, completing work related learning and visiting the local library and gym. Pupils also attend School Council meetings and contribute to the school through events and fund raising ideas. Pupils also visit other Special Schools in Merseyside to develop relationships with pupils from other schools.
Coronavirus /Hand washing Activities/ Hygiene
Here are some suggested activities to encourage fun hand washing activities to try and some hand washing sequence worksheets and powerpoint. There is an Elmo from Sesame street hand washing sheet too and having fun washing toys at home or in school.
Healthy Schools Week
Healthy schools week is usually in June each year but has been postponed this year till September. There are some activities from the British Nutritional Foundation and Twinkl on healthy schools week pupils can complete. The themes are eat more wholegrains, vary your veg, get active together, be mind kind, move more and drink plenty. There are healthy eating lunch box activities, healthy food word search, food fact files showing where are food comes from, healthy eating recipes such as mini carrot cakes and pesto pizza. There is a food fact file booklet to fill in and a healthy food bingo too.
Relationships and Sex Education
All pupils follow a relationships and sex scheme of work from KS1 to post 16. Parents will have a meeting prior to it being taught in the summer term. They will be invited to look at resources schemes of work and discuss any issues with staff. Parents have aright to request their son/daughter is excluded from lesssons apart from the modules in science.
At key stage 1 pupils will be aware of physical contact with familiar adults, participate in naming body parts, recognising their own image, and encouraged to develop independence in care routines and encouraged to take care of their body and a need for safety.
At Key stage 2 pupils are encouraged to indicate feelings, aware of main body parts and be aware of inappropriate touching. Pupils are encouraged to be aware of choice and recognise when they have upset others and encouraged to amend mistakes.
At Key stage 3 modules such as My changing body , Developing an awareness of relationships, Changes in their body and Awareness of individual sexuality are studied. A basic understanding of the reproductive system is taught and developing awareness of body image and positive body image is encouraged.
Other modules such as Being myself are taught, where pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of mutual consent, being assertive and recognising differences in fantasy and reality.
At Key stage 4 modules taught are are teenage pregnancy,sexual health,understanding bodily needs, relationships and pregnancy and birth.
School Council representatives at Rowan Park are voted by classes in the Autumn Term. The chair and vice chair are voted in at the first meeting. Pupils have regular meetings, usually every two weeks, where they can discuss what they would like to do to improve school and contribute to school fundraising. The pupils contributions are valued and they fund raise for many charities throughout the year. This term we have fundraised for Breast Cancer Awareness with a pink raffle and raised £61. We have had spotty cake sales and dressed in spotty clothes and pyjamas for Children in Need.
We are part of Merseyside Special Schools School Council where all special schools meet up each term to have learning walks around different special schools and decide on a collective fund raiser for the year. Year 2015-2016 International Aid Trust was chosen and schools packed birthday shoeboxes for children around the world. We took them all to Liverpool Town Hall and displayed are fundraising activities to the Mayors from the local areas.
This year pupils have voted to fundraise for food banks throughout the year. Pupils attended a learning walk at Merefield School this term and they discussed what items they could collect and different fund raising ideas.
Food Bank Fundraising
This year Rowan Park School Council and Merseyside Special School's School Councils are fund raising for the Trussell Trust food banks. Pupils brought in a tin or packet of pasta or chocolate to watch a film in the hall. Pupils chose Cloudy with Meatballs film from a choice of three. All pupils enjoyed the film and popcorn! We have made a Donation Station in the foyer and many staff have donated dried goods and tins. We checked all the dates on the food in our school council meeting. We will be taking the goods to the food bank this term and showing what we have done at Liverpool Town hall in May!
School Council led an anti-bullying march in school for Anti-Bullying week on November 17th. Pupils made posters and banners during the week and took part in anti-bullying lessons where some classes made videos and some classes took part in mindfulness lessons. The theme for this year was 'Power for Good' to combat bullying and for everyone to make a stand against bullying. Kingfishers class won the poster competition and showed their talents in drawing superheroes!