Scoil Naomh Treasa
Whole School Plan for
Social, Personal and Health Education
Social, Personal and Health Education Whole School Plan
The staff of Bellewstown N.S. formulated this school plan for SPHE, in consulation with our Board of Management and our Parents, as we believe that SPHE is a shared responsibility and their contributions and involvement will be essential to the effective implementation of the SPHE programme in the school. It was drafted during an in-school planning day and brought to the attention of the Board of Management and Parents.
Aspects of SPHE have been taught in Bellewstown N.S. for many years through various programmes and initiatives such as Stay Safe, Walk Tall and Relationships and Sexuality Education.It has also been taught through integration with other subject areas such as Physical Education, Religion, Geography, etc. However, we wish to formalise our teaching of SPHE and plan for it on a whole school basis.
SPHE in Bellewstown NS should foster self-worth, self-confidence and enable children to make responsible choices for life.
The children of Bellewstown NS should be enabled to achieve the aims outlined in the SPHE curriculum, which include:
The curriculum is delineated at four levels—infant classes, first and second classes, third and fourth classes, and fifth and sixth classes—and is divided into three strands: Myself, Myself andothers, and Myself and the wider world.
Each of these strands is further subdivided into a number of strand units or topic areas that contain particular objectives.
Bellewstown NS will teach aspects of all three major strand units each year and strand units will be chosen in such a way that the child will receive a comprehensive programme in SPHE over a two- year period. Bellewstown NS have created this timetable to reflect this approach:
SPHE will be taught in Bellewstown NSthrough a combination of the following contexts:
Bellewstown NS has created a positive atmosphere by:
SPHE is allocated ½ hour per week on each teacher’s timetable in Bellewstown NS. However teachers may allocate 1 hour per fortnight to allow for more indepth exploration of a strand unit.
Teachers will endeavour to adopt a thematic approach to SPHE by integrating it with other subject areas such as Language, Geography, History, Religion, Visual Arts, Physical Education, etc. Themes/Projects such as Healthy Eating Week, Friendship Week, Agri-Awareness, Healthy Heart Week, Lenten Campaign, etc. will also be explored.
Bellewstown NS believes that the approaches and methodologies used in SPHE are crucial to the effectiveness of the programme. Active learning is the principal learning and teaching approach recommended for SPHE, therefore we will endeavour to teach SPHE using a variety of strategies which include:
Assessment is a central part of the everyday learning and teaching process in SPHE. It can provide valuable information on the child’s progress and on the effectiveness and suitability of the programme and the teaching methods being used.
Bellewstown NS uses the following recommended informal tools for assessment in SPHE:
Teachers will endeavour to adapt and modify activities and methodologies in SPHE to encourage participation by children with special needs. The learning support and resource teachers will supplement the work of the class teachers where necessary. Bellewstown NS will liasise with trained professionals/appropriate agencies when dealing with sensitive issues such as bereavement or loss to ensure that the children involved are fully supported.
Bellewstown NS recognises and values diversity, and believes all children are entitled to access the services, facilities, or amenities that are available in the school environment. Ours is a mixed-sex school and we endeavour to challenge traditional stereotypes and ensure that equal opportunities are given to boys and girls to participate in discussion, debate, presentation, etc. Bellewstown NS is under Roman Catholic school management, and we endeavour to provide for:
SPHE homework, if prescribed in SPHE, will reflect the active learning approach and will reinforce information already taught during class.
Teachers will reference the PDST resource list, which is available on the SPHE page at www.pdst.ie when planning their lessons.
When a guest speaker addresses the children in SPHE, the class teacher will remain in the classroom (as per Circular 22/2010) and make the speaker aware of this school plan and attached policies.
Training opportunities will include the following areas and this training will support an effective implementation of the SPHE programme:
Teachers are encouraged to attend SPHE related courses and will share information/skills acquired at these courses with other members of staff during staff meetings.
Mrs. Light attended a Stay Safe & Walk Tall Seminar in October 2017.
Parental involvement is considered an integral part to effectively implementing SPHE as Bellewstown NS believe that SPHE is a shared responsibilty. This plan and the curriculum documents are available for parents to inform them of the programme for SPHE.
Parents have the right to refuse their child to take part in the Stay Safr Programme. In the event of a parent opting out of the programmes the following steps will be taken:
Bellewstown NS believes that the local community has a very important role to play in supporting the programme in SPHE and endeavour to liasise with the members such as the Dental Hygienist, Health Nurse, Fireman, Vet, New Parent, etc.
The success of this plan will be evaluated through teacher’s planning and preparation, and if the procedures outlined in this plan have been consistently followed. We will also judge its success if the children have been enabled to achieve the aims outlined in this plan.
Bellewstown NS believes that the school community must be involved to successfully implement SPHE. Therefore the teaching staff will implement this plan with the support of the Board of Management, Parents and the Local Community.
The plan will be implemented by May 2018
It will be necessary to review this plan on a regular basis to ensure optimum implementation of the SPHE curriculum in the school. Mrs. Lighgt is responsible for co-ordinating this review.
Those involved in the review will include:
This plan will be reviewed in May 2021
The Board of Management of Bellewstown NS ratified this plan on March 2018.
Signed; Rev John Conlon
Date ; 24/04/2018
This plan is available to view at the school by the parents on request.