Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of worth. We teach them how society is organized and governed. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
At St Thomas of Canterbury, we aim to nurture happy, well rounded, independent and successful young learners. PSHE runs at the heart of the school curriculum, with all subjects providing opportunities for children to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Keeping our children (and ourselves) mentally well is going to be a big challenge over the coming months when anxiety levels are sure to hit an all-time high. To help your children relax, exercise and take their minds away from the outside world, the following websites, videos and resources are available. As you are aware, exercise is a stimulus to both the mind and body therefore we recommend completing at least one of these activities a day.
Whole family mindfulness activities
Smiling Mind is a great mindfulness app/website for the whole family to help calm and focus their brains and bodies
Inside Out Day. We wore an item of clothing ’Inside Out’ as a way of making us all stop and think about how someone may look OK on the outside 😊but inside they may be feeling sad or worried 😒. We reminded ourselves to always be kind and think of others as no one knows how another person may be feeling. This will help us in tackling our current society’s mental health crisis and support this initiative.
Johanna Novick said: “Mental health is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. Social media can often disguise reality making everyone else look like they’re happy and leading wonderful lives, even when they’re not. We just want to let children know it’s Ok not to be Ok and that no-one is perfect (even though they may look it)."
Parental Involvement is key to learning at St Thomas of Canterbury. Over the last few years, we have developed a number of initiatives that aim to get parents into school and involved in their child's learning and development. These include the 'Stay and Play' sessions after each class assembly, where parents are invited to stay in school and participate in workshops planned by the class teacher. These have been hugely successful and feedback from parents has been very positive.
At St Thomas, we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the wider world and community. In order to enhance learning in class, we organise class trips for every child each half term. These trips will be linked to topics and aim to enhance knowledge and understanding of the units of work that children will take part in.
The class trips are always a huge success, with positive feedback from children and parents. Members of the public often comment on the exemplary behaviour of our children when out of school. We are proud to take such wonderful children out on school trips!
Residential visits play a key role in developing children's understanding of the wider world and our place within it. Year 4 visit Castleton and Year 5 visit our friends at Trevithick Primary in Cornwall. Each year, the children have a fantastic time experiencing activities that are not available in our local community.