Phonics Screening Check
Well done to our pupils in Year 1 and Year 4 for completing the phonics and multiplication checks respectively this week. Our Year 1s do phonics almost every day so the check was not too different for them. The Y4s had to complete multiplication questions under timed conditions. They did really well and some of the children did their best ever. Phonics and multiplication underpin so many other aspects of the English and Maths curriculum, so regular practice at school and home makes a big difference.
Thank you to Mrs Price for buying ice lollies to help all of the children (and staff) cool down in the hot weather this week.
Y5-6 Relationships and Sex Education
Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to learn from Julia Ship, a specialist from the Coram Life Education group about Relationships and Sex Education. This unit comes at the end of a whole learning journey through Primary of understanding different relationships. The statutory guidance from the government can be found here. An extract is below:
The focus in primary school should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.
This starts with pupils being taught about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning of primary school, building on early education, pupils should be taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.
Establishing personal space and boundaries, showing respect and understanding the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact – these are the forerunners of teaching about consent, which takes place at secondary.
Respect for others should be taught in an age-appropriate way, in terms of understanding one’s own and others’ boundaries in play, in negotiations about space, toys, books, resources and so on.
From the beginning, teachers should talk explicitly about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. Drawing attention to these in a range of contexts should enable pupils to form a strong early understanding of the features of relationships that are likely to lead to happiness and security. This will also help them to recognise any less positive relationships when they encounter them.The principles of positive relationships also apply online especially as, by the end of primary school, many children will already be using the internet.