PSHE/Citizenship/Rights Respecting Schools
Through PSHE (personal/social/health/emotional) and Citizenship lessons children learn the importance of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, and being able to make a positive contribution. The lessons aim to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem. The lessons are delivered in a variety of ways, both by discrete teaching and through other areas of the curriculum. Areas covered include relationships, new beginnings, different cultures, keeping safe, keeping healthy and clean, rights and responsibilities, anti-bullying and sex education (Year 5 and 6).
In April 2012, we were awarded Rights Respecting Schools' status after a robust assessment process by a UNICEF advisor. The pupils here, learn about the rights of children around the world, how the rights of some children may not be recognised and what they might be able to do to help. They also recognise that with rights comes responsibility - these are laid out in class charters. Click here to read the full UNICEF report on St Mary's journey towardds RRS.
Mrs Grundy's Eco club or Green team makes a fantastic contribution to lowering energy consumption and highlighting sustainability issues. Last year, we were a pilot school for the Carbon reduction project - a scheme which aimed to cut energy use, energy costs and carbon emissions. The Green team elected light monitors, used energy monitoring software to track use electricity use across the school and raised the profile of recycling in school, amongst many other things. There is now a regular village litter pick by our children after an agreement reached with the Parish Council. In this way, we feel we are helping our local community. See our bin it project!