Healthy Schools


What is PSHE?

Friendship benchPSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Emotional development.  This area focuses on developing the children’s understanding of themselves and their responsibility to others. Children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be confident, independent, respectful and active citizens. At St. Joseph’s they are given opportunities to work and learn with others, to solve problems and discuss difficulties. It is promoted in all aspects of school life including the school’s positive approach to behaviour.



SEAL – Rainbow


seal 3seal 2At St Joseph’s we are committed to every child developing their emotional intelligence and social skills. We have always explicitly taught and encouraged the continuous development of these key learning skills throughout our SEAL curriculum, accompanying themed units and our interactions with the children.

Rainbow facilitates learning within the 5 key areas of the SEAL curriculum – Self -Awareness, Motivation, Managing Feelings, Empathy, Self-Awareness and Social Skills. It works alongside our Rights Respecting, Citizenship and Healthy Schools ethos.

Rainbow is a complete Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Curriculum which is inclusive of need and progresses from Ducklings to Year 6.

Rainbow further enables our children, staff and community to share learning and SEAL a brighter future for us all.


healthy schools logoOfsted have recognised our work over recent years and when Health and Well-being were a separate section we were judged to be outstanding.

We have also gained a further Healthy School Plus award for increasing physical activity opportunities for children and raising awareness of how we can reduce sedentary lifestyles.

Children have taken part in a badminton club and boy’s dance club. They have also enjoyed Chess club as an alternative to computer games and families (and staff) enjoy the challenge of ‘No Screen’ day by going for cycles or walks or playing board games together.

We always have a huge response to Walk to School week and the ‘Walking Bus’ is  a big success, sometimes with over 100 children walking together in a morning!

We believe our children grow in confidence and have a lot of fun at the same time as learning new skills.

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