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PSHE at The Divine Mercy
At The Divine Mercy Primary School, we value and nurture every child in our diverse community, inspiring them to reach their full potential in a stimulating Catholic environment. Our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum is underpinned by our curriculum drivers. We want our children to be Spiritual and Secure, Healthy and Happy, Amazing Adventurers, and Confident Communicators. It is important to us that all members of our school community are healthy - physically and mentally. Throughout life, our children will face many difficult challenges and need to have the mental and physical strength to be successful and happy.
We aim to do this by:
At The Divine Mercy, PSHE is taught in the context of the Catholic faith and church teachings. We believe that the teaching about human love and relationships must have the teachings of Jesus at its core and promote Catholic virtues as well as equipping all children with the clear and scientific information they need to maintain successful and happy relationships and healthy minds and bodies. RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is taught at a level which is appropriate to the age and stage of development of our children. RSE and PSHE may be taught explicitly or through Science, PE and RE lessons and each will be informed by the other.
See below for more information on how RSE and Health Education is taught.
At The Divine Mercy, we use My Happy Mind to help create a positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self-esteem, and character. My Happy Mind uses the latest research, science, and technology to help children develop lifelong habits and learn to thrive at being the best possible version of themselves. The programme is taught through a series of interactive lessons and consists of 5 units:
Meet Your Brain – Learning about how our brains work.
Celebrate – Understanding our character strengths and celebrating ourselves.
Appreciate – Developing gratitude as a habit.
Relate – Building positive relationships.
Engage – Engaging with the world.
Children develop their understanding of themselves through stories and games, along with learning strategies to help them to stay calm and focused, such as happy breathing.
My Happy Mind has developed a free app allowing parents to continue to embed learning at home through fun games and happy breathing exercises.