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. 
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.
The Year 6 children have 'buddied up' with a member of staff to discuss how they can improve their wellbeing by discussing ways that we can work towards improving the outcomes set out within the 'Five Ways to 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. 
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. 
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.