PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education
Early Adopter School
We are proud at Bluecoat to be an Early Adopter School, chosen by the Government to take on the brand new RSHE curriculum from September 2020. This new curriculum combines Relationships, Health and Sex Education across the whole school so that relevant lessons are being taught to introduce the children to suitable strategies to maintain strong relationships and build on developing their emotional logic throughout the primary phase and into adolescence. The new framework brings an awareness of the modern day changes they will face as they grow and change, and prepares themselves for life as a responsible adult.
A whole-school approach is vital in improving children’s emotional health and wellbeing, helping to keep them safe, improving behaviour and raising achievement, as children's emotional health and wellbeing has a huge impact on their ability to learn. Children are encouraged to talk about their emotions, challenge each other's feelings and nurture a sense of belonging through caring and respecting differences.
With six mini topics that cover each half term, the children all take part in sessions on Valuing Differences, Keeping Myself Safe, Right and Responsibilities, Being my Best, Growing and Changing, Me and My Relationships.
Positive Mental Health
Here at Bluecoat, we believe that promoting positive mental health is just as important as promoting positive physical health.
Throughout the year, we work on developing children's mental health in a range of different ways. Through circle time, PSHE and class discussions, we talk openly about feelings, emotions and mental wellbeing, encouraging children to do the same.
Each year, we celebrate Mental Health & Wellbeing Week, planning targeted teaching sessions which provide children with the tools they might need to improve their own mental health.
For some excellent resources on supporting children's mental health, have a look at the links below:
Bluecoat Take 5
As part of our commitment to developing the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our children we have introduced the Bluecoat Take 5 across the school. This whole-school approach encourages the children to be aware and in control of their changing emotions and feelings by regularly talking about the things they know can help to keep their minds healthy. Based on the ways to wellbeing, our children are encouraged to share quality time with their friends, challenge themselves with new and difficult tasks, taking time to relax and noticing things around them in nature. We believe that healthy and happy minds lead to greater learning success and as a result the Bluecoat Take 5 weaves throughout the whole curriculum to provide the children with daily strategies to perform. Our children are encouraged to discuss their mental health regularly, and talk freely about their emotions with their friends and the adults in school. With reflection being an integral part of learning at Bluecoat, the children are aware of different techniques to encourage emotional wellbeing and good mental health.
At Bluecoat School we believe that every child should be taught to recognise what is positive and appropriate touch. The positive touch programme is part of the Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) which is used across the world and is an evidence-based, child to child, internationally respected peer massage programme. It has been used in the UK since the 1990s and has Scandinavian origins. There are generally very mixed feelings about touch and a study was carried out in the 1960s to observe couples from a range of backgrounds and countries in a cafe setting to see how often they touched each other during conversation; incidental gestures such as a pat on the back or touch of the hand. The results were remarkable. Couples from Puerto Rico touched each other 180 times over the hour of conversation whilst those in London averaged zero times over the hour.
Here at Bluecoat, we facilitate weekly sessions for children up to year 3. Positive Touch is only carried out within set times, within a trained situation and over clothes. Parental consent is required prior to any child participating in the programme and they are invited to an information session soon after their child starts at the school. The programme is a set of 15 moves that are used as an anti-bullying strategy. The children are taught each move by a trained Positive Touch practitioner. The children are partnered up and the massage only takes place child to child and never with an adult whilst calming music is played. Children may opt out at any time.
Research shows that there are lasting, positive outcomes for children who are involved in the MISP regularly, impacting on their well-being and preparation for learning.
Strengthens the immune system
Lowers stress levels
Increases production of oxytocin – relaxing hormones
Children learn and experience saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to touch and what is appropriate touch
Empowers children to be in control of own body – children’s rights
Improves social interaction – develops friendships
Children are individually acknowledged
Develops and encourages imagination
Discover differences between people
Practical tool against bullying – sense of whole school unity
Less conflicts in the playground
Improves turn taking and negotiation
Develops vocabulary, Communication and Language
Please download the leaflet below to find out more details: