By the time our pupils leave in Year 6, we want them to have developed the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills they need in order to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of our school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is governed and ensure that our children have the opportunity to experience the process of democracy through participation in School Council. We aim to make pupils aware of their rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multi-cultural society. At St. Columba’s, we strive to develop our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and this is fundamental to our beliefs as a Catholic school.
By the time our pupils leave St Columba's, we want them to:
• Know and understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
• Be aware of safety issues and to know how to stay safe
• Understand what makes a good relationship with others
• Have respect for others
• Learn how to be thoughtful and responsible members of their community and their school
• Become active members of a democratic society
To achieve this, each class from Reception through to Year 6 follows the Life to the Full programme which brings together PRE, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
The Life to the Full programme of work provides our school with an effective curriculum for Personal and Relationship Education (PRE). Life to the Full is organised into 3 modules; The Life to the Full programme of work provides our school with an effective curriculum for Personal and Relationship Education (PRE). Life to the Full is organised into 3 modules;
• Created and loved by God
• Created to love others
• Created to live in community
Children are encouraged to develop the vocabulary and confidence to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings. They know when and how they can seek the support of others. This has a positive impact on the whole child as they learn to build self-esteem and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them. We supplement our Life to the Full curriculum with key lessons from the Jigsaw curriculum, to ensure our children receive a full and progressive PRE education. Beyond the planned programme for PRE education in Life to the Full sessions our curriculum also provides children with a variety of experiences that have the potential to promote their personal, moral, social and cultural development.
• Celebration Assemblies and House Assemblies
• Sports clubs and participating in inter-school and county tournaments/competitions
• Residential visits and day trips • Extra – curricular clubs - choir, gardening and sports
• Social and charity fundraising events - Anti-Bullying Week, Lenten fundraising
• Theme days/events - World Book Day, Science Week, Mental Health Week
• Leadership opportunities - Playground Leaders, representatives on our School Council, House Captains, Mini Vinnies.