Personal, Social and Health Education [PSHE]
We believe that PSHE should enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.  In doing so, we hope to develop their sense of self-worth. 
It is more important than ever to support your own and your child's mental health. Here is a list of websites that offer support and advice. 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families-

Wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

British Psychological Society (BPS) -

Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Children’s Commissioner -

A downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.

MindEd -

An educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

The Child Bereavement Network-

Advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.

At Ellwood, we are developing our mental and physical health through promoting the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’: 
Connect: It’s pretty clear that we need to feel close to other people to get on well in the world – connecting with others could be said to be an essential human need.
Be Active: Exercising helps to keep our bodies healthy - this is pretty obvious. But it also makes us feel good, by releasing chemicals called ‘endorphins’, and gives us energy to help us cope with life’s challenges.
Take Notice: Taking notice of how we’re feeling and the world around us can help us feel more positive and able to cope with life’s ups and downs.
Give: Giving through volunteering not only helps others, but can help us feel more confident, positive and connected
Keep Learning: Choosing to learn something we enjoy can help us feel positive and inspired, improving our mood and wellbeing.
British Values
At Ellwood Community Primary School we ensure that pupils experience and learn about the fundamental 'British Values'. We teach children both about their rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
Democracy: We aim to ensure that pupils understand how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process. 
Rule of Law: We aim to ensure that pupils appreciate that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens wellbeing and safety. 
Individual Liberty: We aim to ensure that pupils understand that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law. 
Mutual Respect: We aim to ensure that pupils treat people and the environment with respect and understand that we don't all hold the same beliefs. 
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: We aim to ensure that pupils understand that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. 
Children's Mental Health Week 7th - 13th February 
This year's theme was about growing together emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. 
We celebrated with lots of fun activities. We took part in national Dress to Express day, all the children wore fun clothes to express who they are. We planted cress seeds and talked about how we can't always see the growth immediately but that doesn't mean things aren't growing and changing. Classes set goals and celebrated the growth they have made already this year. Chance to Shine cricket road show was a fantastic way to support our wellbeing by keeping active. Years 2 and 3 had a brilliant time at Vinney Hill on a wellbeing trip, pupils were pushed out of their comfort zones and developed their resilience. 
On Tuesday 23rd November, children from Sycamore and Willow went to visit Majid E Noor Mosque and Gloucester Cathedral. 
We enjoyed a talk from Imam Hassan then we learnt how Muslims wash before praying, what clothes they wear and how Muslims pray. Imam Hassan spoke about the Five Pillars of Islam and tested us on what we knew. 
After our visit to the Mosque, we visited the Cathedral. We had a tour of the Cathedral and learnt about its history through time. Then we got involved in craft activities which were set up to help us remember key points in the Cathedral's history.
Anti-Bullying Week 2021
This year we kick-started our Anti-Bullying week with odd socks day. Everyone is unique and 'odd' and the differences are what makes us all so special. We celebrated the theme of 'One Kind Word' by lots of different kindness activities. 
Some of wonderfully responsible Year 6 pupils sold Anti-Bullying merchandise to raise money for the Anti-Bullying Alliance.   
Anti-Bullying Week - November 2020
To kick start our Anti-Bullying week , the children wore odd socks to school on Monday to celebrate their differences and show that they are United Against Bullying. All classes took part in lots of Anti-Bullying activities that focused on being united to stop bullying. Everyone made a pledge of what they can do to help show that they are united, Oak Class showed this through a friendship heart. 
September 2020
E-Bug - Public Health England's infection prevention and control teaching
All classes enjoyed learning about microbes, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, food hygiene and antibiotics through a series of fun experiments. 
Anti-Bullying Week - November 2019 - Chestnut Class

Chestnut read the book ‘I’m special I am me’ and discussed what makes a good friend. The children then discussed what they need to do to become an even better friend. The children came up with ideas such as asking others to play with them more, making sure they say sorry straight away and to help each other if someone is hurt.

We the discussed what ‘bullying’ means, Miss Hek explained that it is when someone is doing something unkind on purpose and more than once.

Anti-Bullying Week - November 2019 - Sycamore Class
The children were given a card with an example of bullying. We explored other examples of bullying rather than just physical bullying. In small groups the children had to act out the type of bullying that the group had on their card. They then looked at how they could resolve this and acted this out. 
Buddy Reading Time - June 2019
The children in Reception really enjoy reading to their Year 6 buddies every week. 
Achieve, Believe, Belong - May 2019
Beech class completed a mind map to reflect upon what the school core values mean to them. 
Newent Cookery Sessions - May 2019
As part of our commitment to teaching the children about healthy cooking we arranged for the children to attend a cookery workshop with Pippa from Newent Secondary School. 
The children learnt about kitchen safety, food preparation, cookery skills and cleaning skills.
March 2019 - Healthy Breakfast 
As part of our drive to educate the children about a healthy diet we ran a healthy breakfast event for the children and families of Ellwood school and nursery. 
The event was very well attended and the families enjoyed a healthy breakfast served by the staff. 
Thank you to everyone for supporting the event. 
March 2019 - Positive Postcards Competition
Oak Class and their Year 6 buddies have entered into a competition together. 

The competition ‘Positive Postcards’ is being run by Taurus Crafts in Lydney.

The children were set the task of designing a postcard around the theme of positivity and kindness.

The children worked hard on their designs and have created some wonderful postcards. 

4 postcards will be chosen per school to be sent to Taurus Crafts. Once the 4 postcards have been chosen they will be professionally printed and sold in Taurus Crafts Toy Shop (all proceeds will go to charity).

September 2018
The Year 1 children have been helping to settle the new reception children into school. They were sitting on the friendship bench together at playtime. 
June 2018
During their ‘Discrimination’ unit, children in Beech class have explored the different jobs and roles that men and women can do. They sorted jobs into ones that men, women and both men and women can do. Following this, they had a discussion and came to the conclusion that men and women can do any job they want, so long as they work hard, and no one should let gender discrimination hold them back. 
Lots of the pupils explained that their reasoning for sorting the jobs into the different categories was based on their personal experiences from watching television, going to the doctors and shops. To help break the stereotypical gender roles that lots of children experience we would love to have some family members into school to talk about their jobs. If you think you could spare some time please get in contact with Miss Peart. 
Healthy Eating Week 
Year 1 made healthy rice cakes with fruit toppings!
British Values
Chestnut class have been learning about British Values. We have been discussing how we have 'choices' in school and that we have the right to vote for certain decisions that happen in school. For example, voting for our end of day story and voting in School Council assemblies.
British Values Assembly 
During assembly we discussed the question 'What would school be like if we had no rules?'  The children began to discuss how having no rules would be a good thing because they would be able to play all day. Once we discussed the importance of rules and why we have certain rules in school. The children started to change their initial thoughts and discussed how rules keep us safe and we know that teachers will be there to help us. 
Autumn Term 1 - One Act of Kindness (OAK) Challenge 
This term all of the classes have taken part in the OAKs challenge. They explored what kindness means and different ways to show kindness. All of the classes decided on their own way to spread some kindness in the local community. 
Oak and Chestnut Class - worked together to make shoeboxes for the Christmas shoebox appeal.
Beech Class - created a kindness tree.
Sycamore Class - went litter picking in the local area. 
Willow Class - had a cake sale to raise money for their chosen charity of Cancer Research. 
Fire Safety 
All classes learnt about Fire Safety this week. Lots of us will be going to bonfire events so it was really important to recap safety rules for handling sparklers and being around fires and fireworks. Chestnut class practiced 'STOP, DROP and ROLL'. 
Road Safety Week - November 2020
To celebrate road safety week, Oak Class learnt the Green-Cross-Code and then went outside to practice it!
World Mental Health Day 2020
To celebrate World Mental Health Day we all took 'one hour out'.
Each class took one hour out of their normal timetable to focus on their wellbeing. Classes chose different wellbeing activities to take part in like, yoga, reading, mindful colouring and connecting with friends. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to focus on what helps their wellbeing and ways to positively support their mental health. 
September 2020
Make me a Superhero!
Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. Everyone faces difficulties in their life. It is the way that we deal with those difficulties which is important. As part of our school's 'Recovery Curriculum' we started the academic year by following 'Make me a Superhero!' a series of lessons which focus on resilience building. Throughout the year, we will continue to revisit these lessons and build on the skills that we learnt and developed. 
Children's Mental Health Week 3rd - 7th February
This week we have been raising awareness of children's mental health. Oak class have enjoyed a range of activities linked to developing a positive mindset. 

Anti-bullying week - November 2019 - Oak Class

We have been focusing on kindness.

We have talked to the children about the importance of being kind. We discussed the different ways we can show kindness.

We then did the apple experiment. We passed an apple around the circle while saying unkind things. We then passed another apple around the circle while saying kind things. Finally we cut the apples open to see the effect our words and actions had on the apple.

The children were able to talk about emotions - happy and sad.

Reception - Yoga - November 2019
Oak class are really enjoying their yoga sessions with Caroline. We are learning to calm and relax alongside breathing techniques. We are also learning to control our bodies and complete different yoga poses. 
Mental Health Week - May 2019
During 'Mental Health' week each class participated in activities linked to developing understanding of what mental health is and what we can do to promote good mental health in ourselves and others. 
Sycamore class completed an activity called 'What are my best qualities?' to raise their self esteem and positive attitudes towards themselves. 
Mental Health 
Mental health is precious, 
It's all about your mind, 
you might feel sad or lonely, 
or even pushed aside!
Don't keep your problems inside you, 
you will feel even worse, 
don't carry them around with you or leave them in the ditch. 
You'd never know what happens, If you tell some you trust, 
because if you do you'll feel, like your in a trance. 
You'll feel as calm as calmness 
and always you will trust. 
By April (Sycamore Class) 
March 2019 - Yoga 
The children in Oak class are taking part in yoga sessions with Caroline to develop their mindfulness skills. 
Autumn Term 2018 - Healthy Cooking
This term all classes have taken part in some healthy cooking.
Healthy Breakfast 2018
Thank you to everyone who joined us for healthy breakfast this week!  We’ve had an amazing number of visitors to ‘Cafe Ellwood’! There was a wonderful selection of cereals, porridge, beans, toast, crumpets, fresh fruit, yoghurt, fruit juices and home-made smoothies. We loved seeing everyone enjoy a healthy start to the day and would love to hear about the different healthy breakfast choices you tuck into at home.