Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (including Relationships, Sex and Health Education)
We teach PSHE throughout the term and it is primarily taught through PSHE lessons, Religious Education, Collective Worship, Science and PE but we recognise that every area of school life can contribute to RSHE as our school, in its very ethos, mission and nature, operates through positive, human relationships. All that we do adheres to the teaching of the Catholic Church, directives of the Catholic Education Service (CES), and aligns to the DfE statutory requirements (September 2020).
PSHE is an important part of your child's national curriculum learning. At St Mary & ST Joseph's we believe PSHE is a vital part of children’s education. It gives them the tools to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. We use a wide range of resources to teach PSHE including The PSHE Association and Ten Ten Resources. These schemes of work allow us to cover a broad range of topics in a variety of ways. PSHE is taught in a range of ways and many elements of it are celebrated throughout different times of the academic year.
The PSHE Association core themes and topics which Years 1-6 cover in PSHE are- Core Theme 1: Created and Loved by God; Health and Wellbeing
Physical health and Mental wellbeing
Growing and changing
Keeping safe Core Theme 2: Created to Love Others; Relationships
Families and friendships
Respecting ourselves and others Core Theme 3: Created to Live in Community; Living in the Wider World
Belonging to a community
Media literacy and digital resilience
Money and work
Relationships, Sex and Health Education - Ten Ten
The Relationships and Sex Education programme we follow is called Life to the Full, from Ten Ten Resources. This is a Catholic approved programme which covers most of the Relationships and Health Education in our school and is inclusive, approachable and accessible. The Life to the Full programme is based on the structure of ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service. This model curriculum was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education so we therefore have confidence that the programme will be fit for purpose in supporting the growth and development of your child.
Life to the Full is much more than a series of lessons. It is an entire platform of creative resources that will engage, inform and inspire our children and, indeed, you as parents. This includes interactive video content, story-based activities, employing a wide range of teaching tools, original worship music and an accompanying programme of classroom prayers.
Parents can access the parent portal via.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS - This Glossary of Terms will help you to understand the meaning of some of the terms that the children will be learning in Life to the Full sessions
MEET OUR ALUMNI - SOME OF OUR AMAZING EX PUPILS WHO HAVE USED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & CONFIDENCE TO LEAD PUPILS, JOIN TEAMS, CAPTAINS TEAMS, OFFICIATE MATCHES AND PERSEVERE WITH THE CHALLENGES OF SPORT AT HIGH SCHOOL AND WE COULDN’T BE PROUDER OF THEM!⭐️
ALUMNI ~ QUEENS NEW YEAR HONOURS 2022 - Ex pupil Sahil has been awarded BEM this year for his amazing work during the Pandemic whilst battling leukaemia! We are so proud of you sahil ⭐️
British Values - We had a brilliant week of the Queens Jubilee celebrations. Every class explored a decade each and did activities, art work, dances, cup cake decorations, singing, re-enacted the coronation and even had a visit from the queen 👸 the children really enjoyed learning all about the amazing work that the Queen has done over the 70years and the positive effect she has had all over the world 👸
EXCITING, INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECT- HOMEGROWN HOMESPUN. We are the only school in the country to ever be involved in something like this…Our field is being used to grow flax that will be turned into jeans. It is a project looking at our heritage in the textile industry and how clothing can be made sustainable. Patrick Grant from the great sewing bee is heavily involved in the project. Our children and families got to come into school and help weed the field to help it grow. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was so nice to see everyone together learning about how to help our climate and learn new life skills.
BRFC COMMUNITY PROJECT - EMERGING SOUTH ASAIN TALENT ID DAY - We are super proud of our 2 superstar footballers who went down to Backburns Football Academy on Saturday June 11th and took part in a session aimed at increasing the number of South Asian professional footballers. They had a brilliant day and even got to meet some players ⚽️
ROAD SAFETY TALK - we were lucky enough to have some police officers come into school to talk to the children about how to cross a road safely, the different types of crossings and gave them lots of goodies. They even and told each child personally if they should be wearing a seat belt by measuring them and giving them stickers to take home. The children learnt lots of new things and had lots of fun.
What an amazing morning we had walking all the way to Shadsworth Junior School banging drums & shaking our maracas 🥁 to celebrate the passing over of the Commonwealth Games Baton. The children represented SMSJ perfectly and had so much fun. Well done everyone ⭐️
FIRE SERVICE VISIT 🔥🚒 our Year 2&3 pupils had a visit from the fire service to inform them all about the dangers of a fire and what to do in an emergency. They had lots of fun and learnt so much ⭐️
💜⚽️INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY & GIRLS FOOTBALL DAY 💜⚽️ March 2022
In honour these special days we ask that all pupils come in PE kit or football kit on Wednesday 9th March.
Morning club on Wednesday 9th will be GIRLS ONLY football club for Years 4,5&6.
POSTER COMPETITION 🖼
We would also like children to produce a poster all about a woman who inspires them. Draw a picture of the person and write lots of reasons why they are so special and how they inspire them.
Winning posters will be displayed in school 🏆
Who run the world? GIRLS 💜 Brilliant GIRLS ONLY morning club today! Lots of child led activities and girl power ballads on 🎶 Don’t forget 8.15am sports club tomorrow morning for all Year 4,5&6 🏉⚽️💃
CLAY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN 💜 ~ In the forest year 4 designed and created an inspirational women in their life out of clay. We had teachers, mums and even a baby cousin who is fighting for their life in hospital 💜 Well done everyone ⭐️
In the spirit of IWD, Brad chose all girl captains today & gave lots of important roles to our superstar girls 💜⭐️
March 2022 🦷🦷 Continuing our drive for healthier teeth and oral hygiene here at SMSJ, we were lucky enough to have Mrs Story Time come in to school to act out a book called ‘Max’s Not So Sweet Dream’ to years 3&4. It was so much fun with a really important message behind it. I was blown away by the facts and Information that the children already knew and what they had learnt from the sessions by BRFC and GULP. The children showed amazing behaviour as always and did us proud ⭐️⭐️ Well done everyone ⭐️
Our wonderful school has featured in BRFC’s Community Trust News celebrating their GULP programme. Special mention to Umayr who’s poster took centre spot 🦷⚽️
WORK EXPERIENCE 🍎🍉🍫 Aaliyah had a brilliant day at Asda experiencing what it’s like to work in a huge supermarket, something she loves to pretend to do at home. It was a dream come true for Aaliyah and she had a brilliant day ⭐️
Kooth is an online mental well being community and it is a free, safe and anonymous place for young people to find online support, help and counselling. Please ask in school for more details if you feel this could help your family or follow this link https://www.kooth.com/. Please find below some information on up coming awareness days and a parents workshop.
SMSJ’S HEALTHY MIND, BODY & SPIRIT WEEK IS BACK!!!
Wk beg 31st Jan 2022
Next week the children are going to take part in many activities, workshops& have visits from lots of special people. On Tuesday they will have a whole day dedicated to music and looking at how music can positively effect our mind, body & spirit. They are going to have a brilliant week exploring how they can keep themselves healthy and safe
The Police - Violence Reduction
Prevent - Session to warn against the dangers of terrorism
‘Doing it for Dylan’ Water safety
Diet & Nutrition workshops _ PT training
Hair & hygiene
Ultimate Frisbee - Sportscool
Drug& alcohol awareness - INSPIRE
Visit to OLSJ for trampolining
Professional dancer Dominique-Bollywood Dance day -PLEASE WEAR PARTY CLOTHES OR CLOTHES THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE DANCING IN BUT THEY MUST WEAR SENSIBLE SHOES/TRAINERS FOR DANCING.
We can’t wait to share what the children have been doing. Keep a look out on DOJO & the website for lots of pictures & videos
PEER ON ABUSE
What is Peer on Peer Abuse?
All children are capable of abusing their peers. This can manifest itself in a whole spectrum of behaviours including -
Bullying including cyberbullying
Sexual violence and harassment
Upskirting (now a criminal offence and has reporting requirements)
Initiation /hazing type violence and rituals
Children need to know how to report concerns and know that they will be listened to and supported.
These should include
Procedures to minimise the risk of peer on peer abuse
How allegations are recorded, investigated and dealt with
Clear processes as to how victims, perpetrators and any other children affected will be supported
Recognition of the gendered nature of peer on peer abuse but recognising, that all forms of this behaviour are unacceptable and will be taken seriously
Children will be learning about peer on peer abuse and holding discussions to help their knowledge & understanding as well as how they can feel safe and supported.
Our favourite days the year! Thank you to professional dancer Dominique Boyle who came in to school and taught every class a dance. She was blown away with the enthusiasm, charisma and confidence of our amazing pupils. We know that the children have been learning that music and dance can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness & memory and this day was perfect for our ‘healthy, mind & body spirit’ week aims. Every pupil felt strong enough and confident to stand up and perform in front of the school school and I was the proudest teacher in town ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well done everyone ⭐️⭐️⭐️
HEALTH WEEK 2022 - MUSIC DAY
We know that research has shown that listening to musical pieces can reduce anxiety improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. Active engagement with music has lasting brain benefits, such as improving concentration, memory, self-discipline, and confidence. With this in mind, here at SMSJ we decided to dedicate a whole day to music, musical instruments and singing. Each class had a different focus and the results were superb! We have so many talented children!
HEALTH WEEK 2022 - TRAMPOLINING @ OLSJ HIGH SCHOOL - Some of our wonderful pupils were rewarded with a trip to the local high school to have a trampolining session with Mr Jackson. They were amazing and represented SMSJ perfectly 👌
HEALTH WEEK 2022 - PT HEALTH COACHING- worked with every class to talk about diet and nutrition, a healthy plate and the amount of sugar that is in certain foods and drinks. The children loved the interactive workshop and produced some brilliant work. Well done everyone 🍉 🍎 🥗
HEALTH WEEK 2022~ YEAR 2 ~ The children spent time reflecting on what they had learned during health week. I was super impressed with how much they had remembered and learned. They are excited to go back and tell their families 🍎🍉🍫🦷⭐️
HEALTH WEEK 2022 - AP SMILES DENTAL PRACTICE - The children got to hear about the damaging effect that sugar has on our teeth and what happens if we don’t brush them twice a day for two minutes. The pupils were really engaged and will hopefully think twice about having too many sugary snacks in their diets. 🦷 🍫
HEALTH WEEK 2022 ~ E very pupil had a meditation session in the 4D room. Meditating can reduce stress, enhance self awareness and increase confidence and I hope the children learnt some skills and ideas to help them in daily life.
HEALTH WEEK 2022 ~ Ultimate Frisbee - all KS2 children had an ultimate frisbee session. This is something they have never done before and they really embraced it and enjoyed learning a new skill. We are going to have a club in summer term to explore it more.
HEALTH WEEK 2020- Hair & Hygiene talk ~ every class had a talk about the importance of keeping our hair and body clean and what can happen if we don’t. They learnt how to brush their hair and what nits are and also how we wash and how often we should do it.
ORAL HEALTH ~ EYFS- an experiment to show what would happen to their teeth if they don’t brush their teeth before bedtime after sugary food and drinks! They compared the egg shell to tooth enamel and discussed when and how they brush their teeth 🦷
ORAL HEALTH - As BwD has the worst dental hygiene in U5s in the whole of England, here at SMSJ we have been working really hard to tackle the problem and help our pupils have the best oral hygiene possible. We have had dentists into school to talk to pupils, Reception children have been learning lots about how to brush their teeth, Blackburn Rovers Football Club in to work with Year 3 for 5 weeks and Miss Walsh has created this amazing board to inform all our pupils about how damaging different foods and drinks can be to our teeth. 🦷
HEALTH WEEK 2022 ~ POLICE & UCLAN POLICE STUDENTS ~ VIOLENCE REDUCTION ~ the children had a brilliant morning meeting the officers, asking them lots of questions about their career and the exciting jobs they do and even getting to sit in the back of the van. The Students then delivered an important message from ‘Captain Calm’ about how to stay calm and collected in stressful and challenging situations. The children learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it. 👮♂️ 👮🏿♀️ 👮
HEALTH WEEK 2022~INSPIRE ~DRUG & ALCOHOL AWARENESS ~ Year 5&6 had Natasha from Inspire into talk to them about the dangers of different drugs &/alcohol. They learnt about what happens to you when you take these and what does our law say about it. The children were really engaged and enjoyed the session.
BLACKBURN ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB- GIVE UP LOVING POP (GULP) - We have been lucky enough to have BRFC in to school to work with our Year 3s for 5 weeks. They have been looking at the damaging effects of sugar on the teeth and learning how to be kind to our teeth. They are even competing against other schools to win a box at Rovers by giving up fizzy drinks ! Come on Year 3 ! You can do it! 🦷 ⚽️
KS1 Multi-Skills Festival - The children travelled on a big bus to a high school and were super brave when completing the tasks and challenging their bodies. They were alongside lots of other schools and had to work as a team to try to get great scores. We also had our 2 Year 6 Young Ambassadors with us who helped and encouraged all the children to do their best. We were so proud of all the pupils. Well done everyone ⚽️🏈🥏🥎🏀🎾
🧦 ANTI BULLYING WEEK 🧦 Good morning everyone. Next week is anti-bullying week. The children will be completing lots of activities and competitions and we would like to start the week with everybody wearing ODD SOCKS on Monday 15th Nov. This is to celebrate individuality and show that we are all wonderfully different and that is amazing! There will be prizes for pupils and staff for the most interesting, crazy sock combination and we hope to have lots of fun. Thank you for your support.
YEAR 1 ANTI- BULLYING WEEK FUN
ODD SOCKS DAY- celebrating our uniqueness ❤️
PUPIL CONFERENCING 2021
It was wonderful to talk to our fabulous Year 1 & Year 4 children about how their PSHE lessons are going this year. They told me all about the wonderful work they had been doing and showed me some examples. It was lovely to hear that the children felt safe and happy during the sessions and that they always had someone in school to talk to.
We had a lovely discussion about what the children would like to be when they’re older. Aamna Year 4 said ‘I want to be a PE teacher just like you’ 🏏⚽️
ECEPTION AUTUMN WALK - LEARNING ABOUT THE SEASONS, THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, PRACTICING WALKING SAFELY AND CROSSING THE ROADS.
BLACKBURN ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB 🏃🏾♂️🔵 JOY OF MOVEMENT - Move & Learn Project to to help develop physical fitness, k&u about how to live a healthy lifestyle, motor coordination, cognitive functions, creativity & life skills.
Autumn Term 2 - Our brilliant active lunchtime leaders who are being brave, showing skill & perseverance & patience and helping our pupils to have a healthy, active lunch. We are really proud of you.
Reception children have been very lucky to have a visit from a dentist and a doctor 🦷 🩺 They learnt all about how to keep their bodies healthy and what the job of a Doctor & a Dentist is!
RECEPTION DIWALI ACTIVITIES - CELEBRATING HOW DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES LIVE AND CELEBRATE RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS!
Autumn Term 1
We have had a very busy first term back in school. As well as working hard in class on our Ten Ten and PSHE Association curriculum we have all been trying hard to reach our SMSJ S.P.I.R.I.T goals and learning our new SMSJ S.P.I.R.I.T song. This is going to help inspire the children to become independent, resilient, creative learners and give them the confidence to become innovative & responsible adults.
We have been linking PSHE, S.P.I.R.I.T, PE, Dance & Drama all together during our class assemblies and have seen some brilliant performances and dances and the children have loved watching them all be so creative.
We have worked on the themes of Healthy body, mind & Spirit , looked at the 1950s and how life was different then to how it is now and Year 5 told us all about how food grows and even showed us the vegetables they had grown in the school garden.
Well done everyone. We look forward to lots more exciting activities this half term.
MIND BODY & SPIRIT WEEK
Every year, to further enhance the curriculum and improve the learning of our pupils here at SMSJ we hold a 'Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit' week.
The children get to experience lots of different assemblies, interactive workshops and talks and get to join in activities they haven't experienced before.
Here are some of the opportunities our pupils have had to help enrich their PSHE knowledge & understanding:
Lancashire Mind – Happier Lancashire – whole school
Red cross – First aid course Year 5/6
Beth Moss – BRFC Football experience Year R/1/2 & KS2 G & T pupils
RNLI – Water Safety – Whole school
Andrea Crossland – Meditation – Whole School
Kindness Month – The Kindness Coach – Whole school – Whole of November
House Competition Dodgeball –
Lancashire Mind – Happier Lancashire – whole school –
Diet Session with Shanise Bolat - whole school
Police - What do police do? Crime prevention, criminal record, online safety, strangers & personal safety, railway safety
Drugs and Alcohol BwD Go2 - Year 5 &6
Martial Arts – Owen Mcgill - whole school
Talk from Pat Rogers- Every Action has a consequence (one punch campaign)
Hair Care & Hygiene with Andrea Crossland
Contemporary dance with Megan - workshop for whole school
Yoga with Donna - 4D room - whole school
Red Cross- Knife crime/Drug & Alcohol
Yoga & Mindfulness with Kate Lambert
Melissa McFarlane- Social Integration - discussing the book she has written regarding social integration in Blackburn
Trampolining @ Our Lady & St John RC High School - G & T pupils
Boccia Competition - SEN pupils
Multi skills festival @ QEGS - SEN children
Mr Frankland - Crossbar challenge - whole school
OUTDOOR LEARNING WEEK 2021
WE HAD A JAM PACKED WEEK OF AMAZING ACTIVITIES FOR OUR CHILDREN HERE AT SMSJ.
ALL CHILDREN GOT TO EXPERIENCE A CIRCUS ACT, A FARM WITH A HORSE, GOAT, CHICKENS RABBITS AND LOTS MORE.
EVERY CHILD DID ORIENTEERING, PARACHUTE WORK, HAD A FOREST SCHOOL SESSION AND SPENT THE WHOLE WEEK DOING ALL THEIR LEARNING OUTSIDE. IT WAS INCREDIBLE TO SEE MANY HAPPY SMILY FACES IN THE SUNSHINE
ALL PUPILS COMPLETED A' MISSION POSSIBLE' DAY WITH LOTS OF TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITES, OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROBLEM SOLVING AND EVEN HAD TO ANSWER BRANCH DIAGRAM QUESTION TO COLLECT A CODE AND TRY AND OPEN THE PRIZE BOX.
THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, THE CHILDREN SHOWED SO MUCH PERSEVERANCE, RESILENCE AND DETERMINATION TO GET TASKS DONE.
WE SAW SOME BRILLIANT SKILLS FROM SO MANY PUPILS AND IT WAS SO LOVELY TO SEE EVERYONE SHOWING OFF THEIR TALENTS.
Preparing for their outdoor picnic
Year 6 orienteering and outdoor maths
Rounders, Forest School and Natural Material Artwork
🌟 BE A HEALTHY HERO 🌟
WE KNOW IT IS SUCH A DIFFICULT TIME FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
WE HAVE LOTS OF THINGS GOING ON IN SCHOOL AND FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE LEARNING FROM HOME.
WEEKLY MEDITATION AND 'CHECKING IN' SESSIONS WITH MRS CROSSLAND
MISS BOYLES FULL PE PLANS & DAILY CHALLENGES
PUPILS LEARNING TO RIDE A SCOOTER AND BIKE (DONT FORGET YOURT HELMET IF YOU ARE IN SCHOOL)
AGILITY, BALANCE & COORDINATION CHALLENGES
REACTION TIME CHALLENGES
SCAVENGER HUNT CHALLENGES
BEAR HUNT CHALLENGES
EXPRESS YOURSELF CHALLENGES
MENTAL HEATH WEEK 2021
We realised as a school and staff that this years 'Mental Health Week' is more important than ever.
Many of our families are stuck at home feeling isolated and miserable so we have decided to inject lots of fun into our weeks of lockdown and think about how we were feeling and express it through poetry, music and rapping and art.
Please check Dojo for a brilliant rap from Miss Boyle all about mental health week and the challenges that you and your family can complete.
Also on Dojo is a video from the staff and pupils describing how they are becoming a 'HEALTHY HERO' and how they look after their mental, physical and spiritual health- I think you will really enjoy it :)
I look forward to seeing how you have become a healthy hero and looking at all the wonderful work you can produce.
**DONT FORGET THE WINNING RAP WILL GO TO A PRODUCER AND HAVE A BEAT PUT BEHIND IT AND IT WILL BE POSTED ON DOJO
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE
WE HAVE HAD SO MANY AMAZING RAPS, POEMS, POSTERS AND INTERACTION FROM OUR SMSJ CHILDREN.
THE TALENT SHOW WENT DOWN A STORM AND WE DEFINITELY HAVE SOME BUDDING MUSICAL STARS.
CONGRATULATIONS ON BECOMING A 'HEALTHY HERO' SMSJ.
RECEPTION - YAHYA
YEAR 1 - ASHALINA
YEAR 2- ESA P
YEAR 3 - SAARA & SANAA
YEAR 4- MAAHEEN & ALEENA
YEAR 5 - ZEESHAN & AAYESHAH
YEAR 6 - DANIYAL
WINNING RAP - LACEE
WINNING CLASS FOR MOST ENGAGEMENT - YEAR 5 - NON UNIFORM DAY WHEN YOU RETURN
PLEASE COLLECT YOUR PRIZES FROM THE OFFICE
PLEASE ENJOY THE PICTURES....
Miss Boyle’s Rap 🎶
Show us your talents SMSJ 🎶🎶🎶
The winning rap by Lacee 🎶 Well done!! 🎶🎶
A BRILLIANT RAP FROM OUR YEAR 6 PUPIL
Mental Health Week Posters
POLICE OFFICERS TEACHING THE CHILDREN ABOUT ROAD SAFETY, CRIME PREVENTION, ONLINE BULLYING & INTERNET SAFETY, RAILWAY SAFETY AND STRANGER DANGER.
OUR PUPILS LEARNING ALL ABOUT PERSONAL HYGIENE AND HOW TO KEEP THEIR HAIR AND BODY CLEAN.
FIRST AID TRAINING, HEALTHY EATING, YOGA AND MINDFULNESS, WORK AROUND MENTAL HEALTH & MANAGING FEELINGS AND A VISIT FROM HAPPIER LANCASHIRE
YOGA - OUR BRILLIANT YEAR 1 PUPILS EXPERIENCING YOGA AND MNDFULNESS IN THE 4D ROOM DURING OUR HEALTHY MIND, BODY & SPIRIT WEEK. WE ALL LEARNT SO MUCH THAT WE CAN PUT INT OUR DAILY LIVES!