PSHCE is at the heart of everything we do at St Thomas More. We teach PSHCE throughout the school as discreet sessions as well as incorporating it in all other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies and Collective Worship. PSHCE themes have been carefully chosen to link with events planned nationally and within school throughout the academic year.
All lessons are supported through the use of the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning PINK curriculum planning tools and resources including SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship). We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, including developing close intergenerational links with the community (see our Community Links page).
Due to the excellent outcomes of our PSHCE and wellbeing sessions, we have been awarded the GHLL Accreditation and we are now working towards our Mental Health Champions award.
Five Ways of Wellbeing
At St Thomas More, we promote positive wellbeing using the Five Ways of Wellbeing:
Connect - We hold termly Parent Pop-ins where families are invited to come in and spend time with the children in school, from reading together, making a craft or sharing what they've been learning. We have also been developing close links with the local community, for example, craft making with residents at Monkscroft Care Centre, music sessions with Cheltenham Music Festivals and Forest School sessions with students from Glos Col.
Give - Throughout the year, we have delivered Random Acts of Kindness to our local neighbours. This has boosted our own and others wellbeing.
Take Notice - Not only do we ensure we take notice of God's beautiful world, but we also take notice of how those around us are feeling and offer support when they need it.
Be Active - As well as our weekly PE sessions, we also offer swimming lessons to all children from Year 2 to Year 6. Not only does this keep us active, but teaches us an important life skill. We also hold termly sports competitions and performances including House Rounders and dance showcases.
Keep Learning - Our exciting, engaging curriculum ensures we are always learning!