Religious Education (RE)
RE is taught as a weekly lesson across Key Stages One and Two. Topics for teaching and learning encompass all of the major world religions. We follow the locally agreed syllabus within Walsall in accordance with the 1996 Education Act. Our school is fortunate to enjoy strong links with St John’s Church in Walsall Wood. Reverend Nigel Carter leads assembly each Thursday and supports lessons in school where appropriate e.g. performing a mock wedding or baptism when pupils are learning about Christianity. Under Section 25 of the Education Act 1996, parents/carers have the right to ask that their children be withdrawn from Religious Education and assemblies. If you are considering this option, please make an appointment to see the Headteacher. We also ask that such requests be in writing.
PSHE and Citizenship
PSHE and Citizenship help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In addition to weekly lessons which cover a wide range of themes such as ‘going for goals’, ‘good to be me’ and ‘relationships’, may other aspects of our school help our pupils to grow and develop into happy, well-adjusted and responsible young people.
As a ‘TaMHS’ school (encouraging mental and emotional well-being), we regularly offer ‘circle time’ within lessons which gives pupils an opportunity to share and discuss concerns and worries. Several pupils in our school are trained as ‘playground leaders’ or ‘peer mediators’ which helps to maintain a happy playground. Strong links with the local services (fire and police) help our pupils to understand and appreciate their responsibilities within the local community. Year 5 pupils are also given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Junior Neighbourhood Watch’ programme each year. A final important aspect of the curriculum focuses on helping pupils to develop financial capability. Upper KS2 pupils learn about bank accounts, wage slips and also have an opportunity to set up and run a mini-enterprise project which involves an ice-cream selling business during the summer months.