Personal Development at St Peter's
Personal development at St Peter's is reflected in our school statement, ‘The child grew and became strong in body, mind and spirit’ and in our school values of Faith, Love, Trust and Hope. We want to each child to leave the school feeling confident, unique and proud. We talk to the children about what a St Peter’s pupil should look like, full of individuality, and with a deep-rooted understanding of themselves.
Our aim is to teach children how to navigate through life safely, happily, and healthily. Children are growing up in a world that is constantly changing, and it is the duty of all the staff at school in partnership with the parents to teach the children transferable life skills. We teach children about the world around them, relationships, emotions, reproduction and health, as well as transferable skills to help with life. We consistently promote the British values and our school values.
We have a St Peter's Award Scheme that enables children to expand their personal development and cultural capital experiences.
Key parts of our personal development curriculum revolve around:
- British Values
- Sex and Relationships Education
- E-safety education
- Healthy lifestyles
At St Peter’s C of E, our aim for the Personnel Development curriculum is to reflect the school’s vision and values. At the core of this is to demonstrate and teach our Christian and British values, skills, knowledge and understanding that pupils need, to lead confident, healthy lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Children will learn about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It is taught in the context of relationships and promotes self-esteem and emotional health and wellbeing to encourage children to form healthy and meaningful relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others. St Peter’s believes in working in partnership with parents and carers so that the child’s physical, moral, mental wellbeing and emotional development can be supported at home.
We take a whole-school approach to the implementation of Personal Development as it can be explicitly taught through a number of areas across the curriculum both within units of work and explicitly. The teaching of personal development will also be embedded in school experiences such as morning worships, extracurricular activities, visiting speakers from the community and school educational visits. Whilst many parts are taught throughout the year, some specific age or gender-related aspects of RSE are delivered at pre-planned points during the year. This allows parents/ carers to be informed and therefore offer support to the child as required. St Peter’s also has developed its own school award scheme that actively promotes children taking ownership of their own personal development both in and out of school.
St Peter’s C of E will assess impact in several ways including lesson observations, teacher planning and book looks alongside discussion and feedback from both children and parents. The teaching and learning will be continually reviewed allowing any changes that need to be made. Achievements in the development of skills and values taught can be celebrated in a number of ways including worships, displays and weekly certificates. Parents and carers will be informed of their child’s progress through informal discussions, parents evening and the annual school report.
Personal Develepment is not exhaiustive at St Peter's. The following map is a gerneral overview for 2023, however much more is organised to work along side it.
For example: Summer Term 2023 additions include,
- Partnering Edge Hill University with a Year 6 Educational Visit,
- Enhancing Links with Yorkshire Building Society for Money Management classes
- Further work with Cultured Education
- Working with Trinity College London
- St Peter's organised the the St Helens Schools Football Tournament
- Workshops with Road Safety
- Workshops with the RLNI
- Fundraising for RLNI