Happy Children Love Learning
We are so excited to begin our journey as a HeartSmart School! HeartSmart is a creative approach that we use to build character, emotional health and resilience in children. Equipping children with foundational principles and skills that will improve their mental health and relationships and academic achievement, at Pocklington CE (VC) Infants, we want everyone to know that they are loved, cared for and valued. We recognise the value of educating the heart alongside educating the mind. HeartSmart brings together our personal, social, health education (PHSE) and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and will help us embed our Chrisitian Values and develop Happy Children Loving Learning.
Introduction to HeartSmart for parents - click here.
In January 2020, we asked parents for their views on aspects of Relationships Education that should be taught or areas that they would be unhappy being taught. Below are some of the responses we received.
“ I am particularly keen for issues around mental health to be included too and teaching around managing emotions and the normality of emotions for example”
“Reiterate how/when to call for help eg if need an ambulance and no adult able to”
“I think it is really vital for children to learn about RSE in a safe and open environment where questions are encouraged”
“ I would expect and hope the school would explain that loving healthy relationships can exist between any people of any gender and not just heterosexual relationships - and indeed helping the understand that people have different genders that this is different from the sex you are born with.”
“I do think they should understand the basic biology of how a baby is made by Year 2”
“My main area of priority / concern is my child staying safe and being able to know about boundaries. The PANTS song NSPCC is great for this. Big Talk Ed also looks very good”
“Would like it to be covered that it is important to TALK to trusted family and friends if / when they have any issues.
“I find ‘Education for a Connected World’ to be very useful. Great PSHE/Computing links especially when taught cross-curricular and throughout the year (instead of chunking).”
“We feel it is important for children to learn about relationship and health from a young age especially when they are so exposed to everything these days”
“I think LGBT families should be covered in families and relationships. It is important to teach children about diversity from a young age.”
“ I think it is important we have details of what the children will be taught so we can be prepared to answer questions.”
You may hear about BORIS the Robot. Made from bits and bobs of recycled rubbish, he plays an important role in HeartSmart. In school, we will follow his story of learning not to listen to the Scrapman's voice (who says that he belongs on the scrapheap) through reading and referring to the book, Boris the Robot.