As a school we play an important role in supporting the health and well-being of young children.
The leadership team aims to create and manage a positive environment with explicit values and ethos that promote positive physical and emotional health for the whole school community.
We have an extensive pastoral team led by the Deputy Head and comprising of a non-class based SENCO, play therapist, emotional health and well-being practitioner, a learning mentor and non-class based teaching assistants.
Physical Education (PE)
At Colmers Farm we consider PE to be an important part of the curriculum. All children have regular timetabled PE lessons a week, plus other active physical learning at playtimes and lunch times.
Enjoying the Trim Trail..
Being active on the tyres.
We also take every child to Forest School on a fortnightly basis, giving children opportunities to explore and learn through physical activities in a large and different space to that which they are used to.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children have well-resourced outside classrooms that encourage them to be active during all parts of the day.
The PE curriculum includes dance, gym and games, and we offer many different activities within these areas. We make cross-curricular links to make learning meaningful - for example, by learning dance styles from different cultures and games from other countries.
The school believes that physical education experienced in a safe and supportive environment is a vital and unique contribution to a pupil's physical and emotional health, development and wellbeing. The physical education programme aims to provide for pupils' increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations.
PE provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams.
The programme is designed to promote an understanding of the benefits of exercise through a balanced range of relevant activities. Through physical education, each child will learn to use both space and equipment safely, showing increasing control over their movements.
In Key Stage 2 pupils start to learn the rules and skills of a variety of sports. Sports taught include Cricket, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders, Football, Tag Rugby, Indoor Athletics, Hockey and Gymnastics.
Every summer all pupils take part in a Sports Day to which parents are invited.
PE lessons keep up fit and healthy.
We employ two sports coaches at lunchtime to organise a variety of different sports in the playground. There is also a lunchtime indoor cricket club.
After School Sport
Key Stage 2 pupils can take part in football and netball after school clubs. Year 5 and 6 children can join a cricket league, and Year 6 children can join a local netball tournament.
We also take Key Stage 2 children to Abbey Stadium in the summer term to do athletics.
PSHE & C (Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship)
As a school we deliver PSHE in a holistic way, supported my some discrete teaching sessions.
As well as planning for coverage, teachers take the opportunity to cover PSHE topics as and when they arise, for example discussing behaviour expectations following a playground incident or talking about healthy eating when taking packed lunches on a trip.
Speech and Language opportunities are maximised in each subject helping to build confidence and self-esteem.
Our children live in a global community and one of our most important jobs is to help children understand the world in which they live. Citizenship education is about enabling childen to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives.
Children are encouraged to take an active role in the life of the school and the community. Our emphasis on the 3 Rs – Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn, promote a culture of being a good citizen.
A cross curricular approach allows citizenship to be incorporated into other lessons when it arises. Citizenship issues can be covered for example, with English, history and R.E and MFL, all of which add a useful and vital context for understanding to develop. Current affairs also provide opportunities to discuss citizenship issues in an age appropriate manner.
Since 2015 schools have had a legal obligation to teach anti-extremism in school – this is referred to as ‘Prevent Duty’. Citizenship coverage provides ideal opportunities to explore this area. Citizenship education is also an ideal way to explore British Values.
Children also take part in specific activities to promote citizenship which enable the children to see that they can make a difference. Examples of these activities include bringing in cakes from home for an annual McMillan coffee morning; raising money through wearing own clothes on Children in Need day; buying a poppy for Remembrance Sunday and donating food for our Harvest Festival.
The school has a partnership with a primary school in Germany which enables the children in upper Key Stage 2 to develop their understanding of a culture other than their own.
Theme days/themed weeks are also run in school on issues such as road safety, e-safety, Eco ‘Week, Cultural Week and Healthy Living Week.
Growing our own potatoes for Healthy Living week.
Look at what we grew!
All staff have a clear understanding of current safeguarding procedures and any information on changes that are necessary are shared with the staff team. Our designated Senior Lead is Mrs. Emma Wheale, Deputy Head Teacher. Several other members of senior staff are trained as 'Designated Senior Persons' and they deal with any concerns about the welfare of individual children.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child please contact school and ask to speak to the Designated Senior Lead.
At Colmers Farm Primary school we value and understand the importance of positive mental health of our children. If our pupils are happy in their mental and emotional state they will increase their chances of successful achievement and academic potential.
Play Therapy in schools can be a vital part of increasing healthy emotional well-being for pupils.
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy offers children and young people a protected therapeutic space where they can explore and work through issues that maybe hindering their emotional well being and development.
Within the safe environment with the therapist the child is able to, ‘play out’ feelings and problems at there own pace. Play therapy allows the child to offload their internal thoughts and feelings that they may not have had the chance or have the skills to sort out properly.
How can play therapy help my child?
Play is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development.
Play Therapy can help children to understand muddled feelings and upsetting events they may have witnessed. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts.
The outcomes of Play Therapy may be general e.g. a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.
What does a Play Therapist do?
Play Therapist receive extensive training in subjects such as child development and attachment (the bonding process). They are also trained to use play, a child natural form of expression, as a means for understanding and communicating with children about their feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
A Play Therapist will begin by carefully listening to your concerns about your child and family. They will review their history and find out about the stresses the family have been through so that they can help your child make sense of it. They may ask to seek information from school and other significant adults in their lives. An assessment is made of your child's strengths as well as their difficulties.
Your child's Play Therapist will talk with you about what to tell your child about their Play Therapy and how to anticipate and answer your child's questions.
They may work as part of a team of other professionals or independently and may suggest a referral for other professional intervention as part of the support. This might include support for you.
How long does Play Therapy take?
- Intervention may last between 6 weeks or up to a year.
- Sessions last between 40 to 50 minutes.
- Starting and finishing time is vital.
- During the work behaviors may appear to get worse, ‘sometimes it gets worse before it gets better’,
- The ending of therapy is very important and will be linked with you closely to support the pupil.
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Images of our Play Therapy Room.
Behaviour and Well-Being Training
Teaching and Support Staff undertake regular professional development and training on areas relevant to physical and emotional health and well-being, and PSHE/citizenship.
Staff complete regular training including:
- DSP and DSL Training
- Restorative Behaviour Training
- Paediatric First Aid
- Workplace First Aid
- Safe Handling Training
- Lunchtime Supervisors Behaviour Training
- Educational Visit Leader Course
- Health and Safety Awareness
- Fire Safety Awareness
- Child Protection Updates
- Area Safeguarding Training
- Prevent Training (preventing extremism)