Love God, Love Learning, Love one another (Matt 20:22-24)
The Christian belief that human beings are created in the image of God, and that each shares in God’s purpose to bring life and allow creation to flourish, underpins the work and nature of the school, and is endorsed in our vision statement.
At Elworth we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.
How do we do this?
We deliver a ‘spiral curriculum’ of RSHE, ensuring that content is relevant to the age, experience and maturity of pupils. Through cross phase liaison we ensure a consistency of approach and progression for all pupils.
At Elworth CE Primary School, we use MyHappymind, a programme grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology that supports positive wellbeing. It is taught to every single child and covers 100% of our Relationships and Health curriculum for every year group from Early Years to Year 6 (See Appendix A). MyHappymind teaches the children how their brain works and supports them to develop positive skills and habits to be their very best selves. preventative habits that support positive mental health, focused on developing children’s confidence, resilience and mental wellbeing.
Every class has daily wellbeing time which is both spiritual and based on myHappymind. This helps the children to learn habits to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem.
At Elworth CE Primary School our Christian Values are: Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Respect, Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service, Truthfulness. These are at the heart of the life and work within our school and are reflected in all areas of school life. Collective Worship, reflection and prayer is central to the school’s daily life and is led by our Headteacher, Mr Neil Garratt and School Chaplain Mrs Cathryn Haughton.
Prayer spaces enable children and young people to explore life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Children are innately curious about life. Growing up raises lots of questions, some to do with their experience, both the good and the bad and some to do with the wonders of the universe we live in. At Elworth CE Primary School prayer space days allow children to explore both ideas and experiences to help them develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.
At Elworth we have RSE lessons from EYFS up to year 6 and follow an abridged version of the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) resource ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’ (See Appendix B). This programme reflects the recent developments in RSE and the Science National Curriculum and has been quality assured by the PSHE Association.
Parents’ have the right to withdraw their children from this non-statutory component of the subject. Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing and addressed to the Headteacher. A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. The Headteacher will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action. Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from this non-statutory components of RSHE.
At Elworth we follow an accredited online safety scheme of work that encompasses activities, role play and homework activities. Each unit focuses on a particular topic that is relevant to a specific year group and enables pupils to become more aware of their digital footprint and how to deal with a range of online issues.
At Elworth CE Primary School we have a number of immersion days and weeks throughout the school year supporting our RSHE curriculum. These include but are not limited to, Mental Health Week, Anti-bullying week, NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe, Pants is Private, Fairtrade week and World Faith Days.