PSHE at St. Anne’s
The Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA), which provides the frameworks for PSHE at Key Stages 1-4, describes PSHE as helping to:
“Give children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they
need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.”
The QCA goes on to say that PSHE aims to help children and young people:
“Understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of
the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.”
Aims and Objectives:
At St Anne’s, we believe that personal, social, health education (PSHE), enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We attempt to provide children with the tools to understand how they are developing personally and socially and whilst doing so allow them to be able to successfully tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. In using ‘Every Child Matters’ as a foundation on which to develop the children’s PSHE skills we aim to focus on well-being to enable children and young people to embrace change, feel positive about themselves and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. In terms of economic well-being and financial capability, we aim to teach young people to develop as questioning and informed consumers and learn to manage their money and finances effectively.
We want our children to be confident, self-motivated individuals who understand their rights and responsibilities within a diverse multi-cultural society.
Through PSHE, we aim for all learners to:
Picture news and British Values
Last year, we began using Picture News throughout KS1 and KS2. Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets. It also our British Values tangible for our children.
Since 2014, schools have been required to promote the five key British values which are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. It is essential that schools engage with and promote these values in a meaningful way. The Picture News service builds consideration and discussion of these values into all of their teaching materials covering stories such as Brexit, terrorism, migrants, refugee caravans and the environment.
Every week, the Picture News creates a poster with a strong image that illustrates a news story from that week together with other age-appropriate resources that explain what the story is about. These resources help teachers spark a conversation about current affairs with pupils and also explain which of our British Values each story is related to.
Gift of Peace Community Project
Year 4 has been invited to take part in a Christmas singing project with The Academy of St Francis of Assisi followed by a morning of festive fun and music. The project is called a Gift of Peace and involves several schools from our community joining together to sing a song about bringing peace to our world. Have a look at us rehearsing below...
50/50 Enterprise Competition
The 50/50 Enterprise Challenge is an exciting opportunity for our students to develop business skills. This competition is about working with our classmates to create our own business and see how much money we can raise for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
Each team has been given £50 to start their own business and has 50 days to make as much money as possible. The money each team raises will help to care for people who have lung cancer and help researchers across the country find the best medicine to defeat it.
Liverpool Schools' Parliament
This year, we have joined Liverpool Schools' Parliament. School’s Parliament gives an opportunity for the young people of Liverpool to have a voice on matters of concern and to be heard by the people who have influence in the running of the city of Liverpool.
The parliament also provides an opportunity for children to participate in a range of exciting events and activities and empowers pupils to make a real difference within their community.
I'm Gonna Do It All
We have just completed a great music project with St. Francis of Assisi. The theme of all project was self belief, having a positive self image and aiming high.
After a workshop at St.Anne's, when the children learned a new song and composed part of another, we spent a great morning rehearsing with several other primary schools, followed by a performance to parents and carers.
As usual, our children were fabulous!!
Team St. Anne's!
When the governors finally allowed Mrs. Shields to buy a minibus, sport at St. Anne's was transformed. It has enabled our very talented children to participate in all sorts of sports competitions.
Since September, we have taken part in swimming, water polo, indoor athletics and football competitions and always come in the top three! In January, we are taking part in a basketball competition. Watch out Liverpool, here we come!!
There's no stopping us!
At St. Anne's, we had our annual Community Christmas Lunch last week. Our fantastic parents, kitchen staff and student councillors worked really hard to make it a lovely day for our visitors. Even the UK Military men joined in!
Well done to everyone for making it a memorable even, especially to our wonderful choir, who sang beautifully.
Every Tuesday at St. Anne's, we send a group of children to the Shy Lowen stables. Before the end of this academic year, we will be sending as many children as possible to benefit from the experience of working with horses.
Kids Helping Horses, Horses Helping Kids.
Kids helping horses:
The horses and ponies at Shy Lowen are cared for and trained by local children. Many of them have never had close contact with a horse before. They are soon on their way to building relationships of trust that are the cornerstones of Shy Lowen's training.
The more experienced children help the younger ones teach the horses to overcome their fears and learn the skills needed to be ridden horses, ready for new homes. If that's not possible, they continue to care for them in the sanctuary.
Horses helping kids:
Horses are extraordinary teachers. They do not lie, they do not fall for the images we create to protect ourselves. They do not care if you are rich or poor, if your jeans are designer or tatty. They only see the real you.
The horses at Shy Lowen help children find the person inside. They teach children about self worth, trust and confidence. They help them to express themselves without anger, but instead with understanding. They teach them to listen, and to be listened to. They help them succeed.
'When I Think Of You'
Congratulations to our competition winners: Aaliyah; Charlea; Jack and Shea; Rogayya; Regan; Sara and Reem; Hannah and Leah; Tyler and Erimentha.
These children worked with Twin Vision on a project linked to bereavement. Each of these children has suffered the death or separation from someone they love. The animation they created over a series of weeks aimed to help them through the grieving process and focus on happy memories of the person they have lost.
We are very proud of them all.
The Children's University is an international critically acclaimed charity which encourages all children aged 5-14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative Learning Activities outside of the school day.
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in"
At the heart of Children's University is the ambition to raise aspiration, boost achievement and foster a love for learning. At St. Anne's, we share that goal. This is why we offer the children of our school the opportunity to take part in such a variety of extra curricular activities. Our clubs range from basketball, athletics, swimming and netball, to musical theatre, art, cookery, Mine craft, Ukulele lessons and UK Military School.
Throughout the year, we keep a register of the number of hours each child spends in these clubs. The more time they spend, the more credits they earn. Once they have enough credits, they attend a graduation ceremony. Last year we had more than thirty children who graduated and we are hoping for many more by the end of this year.
Uk Military School
As the name suggests, the team at UK Military School have all had first hand experience in the armed forces and we believe their experience, skills and knowledge can be of unique benefit to St. Anne's.
UK Military School share our belief in freedom, tolerance of others, acceptance of personal responsibility and upholding the rule of law. Through focusing on these core values, they make a difference to children's lives and improve performance in the classroom. The activities will focus on:
They will be working with years 5and 6 throughout the school year. Have a look at the photos on the Year 5 class pages.
Smoke Free Schools
Congratulations to Year 4 for their fantastic work on anti-smoking and healthy living.
After a series of activities with our learning mentor, Angie, Year 4 worked with Twin Vision to produce a video warning people of the negative impact smoking.
It is very clever and extremely impressive. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
Our New Menu
The appointment of our new cook, Roy, gave us a great opportunity to create a new lunch menu. Firstly, we gave the children a questionnaire about our current lunches to find out what they wanted to keep. Next, we consulted our Pupil Council who felt that all the children should be involved in choosing the new dishes, so or 2 weeks, Roy sent hot food to every class to taste. We tried nachos, fajitas, curry, pasta, Moroccan lamb and many others. After canvasing the children's opinion, Roy put together a great new menu, which you can see by clicking on the star above.
Here are some of the children's thoughts on the new dishes: