Health and Wellbeing

Great emphasis is placed on the health, welfare and safety of the children and they are encouraged to care for their family, peers, environment and themselves.  Pupils should have the understanding and knowledge that health represents quality of life, which includes physical, mental and social well-being.

The curriculum promotes various ways of keeping healthy and provides the opportunity to examine growth and change.  Children begin developing an awareness of the importance of keeping themselves healthy through personal care, hygiene, diet and exercise.  Our staff also address sensitive matters such as sex education, alcohol and drug related issues.

Physical Education

We are extremely fortunate to have our highly qualified and experienced P.E. Specialist, Miss Wheatley, delivering high quality lessons three days per week. Physical Education is designed to promote physical, social and cognitive development through a wide variety of activities and experiences. The curriculum emphasises the ability to move competently with confidence and enjoyment, while providing children with the opportunity to work creatively and cooperatively with others.

Children are encouraged to develop their observation and analysis skills by reflecting on their own work and work of others.  From these reflections, they will form a judgement about how a good performance should look and how a performance may improve.

Health and fitness remains embedded within the programme. While pupils explore the benefits and effects of physical exercise, they are encouraged to enjoy participating in physical activity and to be active whenever they can.  The PE programme provides a genuine, enjoyable pathway towards lifelong participation in physical activity.


Wellbeing

WHAT IS WELLBEING?

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is about improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. The Act is wide ranging and includes key parts of the Getting it right for every child approach, commonly known as GIRFEC.

Wellbeing sits at the heart of the GIRFEC approach and reflects the need to tailor the support and help that children, young people and their parents are offered to support their wellbeing.

A child or young person’s wellbeing is influenced by everything around them and the different experiences and needs they have at different times in their lives.

SHANARRI WELLBEING INDICATORS

Wellbeing is broader than child protection and how we tend to think about welfare.

To help make sure everyone – children, young people, parents, and the services that support them – has a common understanding of what wellbeing means, we describe it in terms of eight indicators.

The eight wellbeing indicators are commonly referred to by their initial letters – SHANARRI: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Responsible, Respected, Included.

GIRFEC/SHANARRI | Haddington Primary School

RELATIONSHIPS, SEXUAL HEALTH AND PARENTHOOD

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education (RSHP) is an integral part of the health and wellbeing area of the schools’ curriculum in Scotland. Children and young people need to gain knowledge appropriate to their age and stage of education and this aspect of the curriculum is intended to enable them to build positive relationships as they grow older. Our school will present facts in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner within a framework of sound values and an awareness of the law on sexual behaviour. The aim is to help young people make informed, responsible and healthy choices about their lives.

BUILDING RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Learning about relationships, sexual health, and parenthood begins early on in primary school right up to S4-S6. Schools will equip young people with information on a wide range of issues, depending on their age and stage, for example puberty and the tasks involved in looking after a baby. They will be encouraged to discuss these subjects with their peers and parents, to help them gain knowledge, and the skills to become confident in making healthy lifestyle decisions for themselves.


Building Resilience

CITY OF EDINBURGH’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROGRAMME ‘BUILDING RESILIENCE’ AIMS TO TAKE CHILDREN ON A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO LOOK AT WHAT INFLUENCES THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING, THROUGH THE MIX OF TEACHING, REFLECTION, MULTIMEDIA AND INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES. IT HAS GATHERED TOGETHER CURRENT BEST PRACTICE TO BRING A NEW SET OF MATERIALS WHICH REFLECT THE ADVANCES IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS AREA.

Learning through Health and Wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

Building Resilience provides a focus for the whole school community, promoting
partnerships with families and the wider school community.

It aims to help children to function well, both at school and in life. It provides practical
strategies to help them cope with the ups and downs of their everyday lives and tools they can use when they experience difficulties, frustrations and challenging times. Use of the Building Resilience materials will provide children with skills for life.

Building Resilience is made up of twelve units which are delivered over a three year period. The twelve main units focus on each of twelve strategies that support the development of resilience.

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WHAT WILL MY CHILD LEARN?

Each area of the curriculum is broken down into experiences and outcomes. These are clear and concise statements about children’s learning and progression.

The Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes can be found here.