The amazing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a book to help children during this time. You may have already seen some of the images created from their previous books in the news or on social media. The booklet and more images are available on the Book Trust website. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
PSHE and Well-being resource: The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown 💚🌈
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.
It’s a truly beautiful book worth sharing with others – enjoy 💚🌈
The PSHE Curriculum at Cogenhoe is designed (through the use of SCARF https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/scarf/ ) to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and application of skills, which will be held in their long-term memories and will be used throughout their lives. A wide breadth of different skills and topics are covered in an engaging way to explore key topics and units. The skills and areas covered will help the children to: consider their words and actions and the affect they can have on others; understand that we live in a diverse society, which we need to appreciate and understand; live a healthy life and gain essential personal life skills.
We consider the background of our pupils to give them appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, such as inviting visitors to conduct assemblies and workshops to inform and educate our children. Throughout the school, we use and explore current topical issues, which give children a deeper awareness and understanding of the world they live in.
Cognitive science tells us that working memory is limited and cognitive load is too high if we rush children through content; therefore, we believe and ensure that our children are able to master the basics first.
All of our classroom based learning is further enhanced by our “Happy Week”, “Anti-bullying Week”, “Road Safety Week” to name just a few of our events. In addition to this we also organise memorable trips and visits which help to bring our PSHE curriculum to life!
We use the SCARF scheme of work, which supports the breadth of study for each year group with a focus on specific knowledge categories, it also helps us to ensure that we are meeting the Statutory Requirements for RSE (Relationships and Sex Education.) by September 2020.
Learning is most effective with spaced repetition; each year progresses on the previous, enabling children to gain different skills. Retrieval of previously learnt content is a frequent and regular feature of all PSHE lessons, this is effectively demonstrated in such activities as Circle Time.
The learning is brought to life by the use of drama, videos, creative activities and discussions.
Learning is a change in long term memory, therefore it is impossible to see impact in the short term. However, it is essential that PSHE is consistently taught, as it is helps to compliment the school’s behaviour, anti-bullying and safeguarding policies; and therefore needs to be fluid to address any immediate needs. Through repetition of the key concepts, children connect topics together and revisit knowledge categories in many ways. Children connect knowledge and build an understanding of the PSHE and RSE.
Odd Sock Day
Many thanks to PCSO Kev Thompson from Northamptonshire Police for his assembly on bullying today. It was also so wonderful to see such brightly coloured socks and tights today. Lots of discussions about how we can all be kinder to one another and what strategies we can use if someone is being unkind to us. #ChangeStartsWithUs #OddSocksDay🧦❤️
To coincide with the International Day of Happiness on 20th March, we have celebrated by having a week filled with different activities to promote happiness. Ranging from: letter writing workshops, hair braiding/plaiting, Just Dance sessions, teachers swapping classes, to yoga classes for parents and children and random acts of kindness, including a gratitude wall represented by a rainbow smile. In class, children have also written some beautiful poetry about happiness too. Seeing so many children and staff smiling this week has been so rewarding and so valuable. Memories have been made during the week – ones that will last a lifetime. To finish the week, we had a whole school Conga – it was such good fun!
See the news article written about Happy Week too:
Happiness poems by Year 5
The shape of peculiar instruments.
Concerts to use your angel-like voice,
Learning songs for fun events,
And in choir you can sing your heart out.
Happiness is loving music.
The smell of fresh chlorine whilst swimming in the pool,
The enormous splash at the end of the water slide,
Smelling the glorious food coming from the kitchen,
And the waiters making you feel welcome.
Happiness is having fun on holiday.
The howling of the cute puppy,
The mooing cows munching on the grass,
Watching the dog doze off on the sofa,
And the cat purring calmly in its bed.
Happiness is adorable animals.
Calming, warming hugs,
Kisses when you get lipstick on your face,
The Saturday night movies,
And going to bed very late.
Happiness is spending time with your family.
Imogen, Year 5
The different worlds you can explore,
The warmth of your duvet covering your body,
The energy you have when you wake,
And the silence you have to relax.
Happiness is sleeping with a dream.
The feeling of butterflies in your stomach before you race,
The lion-like roar of the support form the crowd,
The feeling of how proud you are when you finish,
The positive feedback from your coach.
Happiness is a swimming competition.
Showing a new side to yourself,
Expressing yourself to other people,
Discovering new talents you can do,
Enjoying being in the spotlight.
Happiness is doing drama!
The escapism of being somewhere new,
The excitement of exploring something new,
The warmth of the sun resting on your skin,
The scent of chlorine coming from the pool.
Happiness is a holiday away.
Evie, Year 5.
The love they give me,
The gifts they get me,
The hugs and kisses they have for me,
The things they do for me.
Happiness is being with my family.
The creatres that live in the snow,
The place they call Winter Wonderland,
The magical places they live,
The beautiful scenery in the distance.
Happiness is the sight of snow tigers and leopards.
When you’re chilling in your bed,
When you’re lying in your duvet heaven,
When you’re ready to dream,
When you drift off from the real world.
Happiness is having a sleep in a cosy bed.
Having a party,
Having your own DJ,
Having your friends at your party,
Having the night of your life.
Happiness is having a dancing night.
Charlie, Year 5
Watch this space – there’s lots of different activities happening this week!
Northamptonshire’s Mental Health Awareness Day
We celebrated Northamptonshire’s Mental Health Awareness Day. We had an assembly, which helped us to understand how important it is to talk about how we are feeling. We also learned that we are all different and we should be proud of who we are.
On the day, we blew our worries away in a whole school bubble blowing activity, which schools across the county took part
We have some more exciting news about Well-being and Mindfulness next term.❤️
Please see the links below for further information.
At Cogenhoe Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring and safe school. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.
RSE is taught as explicit lessons through the PSHE and science curriculums but is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. In PSHE, RSE is specifically covered in the units ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ and in science ‘Animals Including Humans’ and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ also cover the statutory requirements; other elements are also covered in the Religious Education curriculum. Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received in-house CPD to support them in responding to the needs of the individual child and support children with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the RSE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they know where to seek advice and support. The RSE curriculum has been mapped out clearly in the progression grids for PSHE and science which ensure coverage of all of the statutory elements by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children. Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.
The impact of our curriculum offer will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally. We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future. Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups