Health & Wellbeing is a crucial part of the school curriculum and is distinct in its delivery. The school uses aspects of ‘Roots of Empathy’, PAThS, Folens plus supplementary material to meet the outcomes of a Curriculum for Excellence.
Learning in Health and Wellbeing ensures that children develop the knowledge, understanding, skills capabilities and attributes, which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.
The Health & Wellbeing framework is structured into six organisers:
- Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
- Planning for choices and changes
- Physical education, physical activity and sport
- Food and Health
- Substance Misuse
- Relationships, sexual health and parenthood.
Children will experience certain aspects of health and wellbeing through focused programmes, for example in personal and social development, or by drawing on the expertise of others to support the delivery of certain information, for example, substance misuse. Our School Nurse, Dental health Team and Community Police support different aspects of the Health & Wellbeing curriculum.
The school follows a focused skills-based development programme for Physical Education, with every class having two hours of physical activity each week. We have a spacious, well-equipped gymnasium, which is fully timetabled and we participate in the North Lanarkshire Active Schools programme. In addition, there is a wide variety of physical activities available to children in Holy Cross, and the following classes, supported by coaches from NLC and members of the teaching staff take place within and out with the school day: FUNdamentals, cross country, football, badminton, netball and gymnastics. The annual school sports day is well supported by parents and the wider community.
Holy Cross is a Gold Health Promoting School and so we actively seek to encourage healthy attitudes and choices with our children. Staff follow a detailed programme of study and the principal outcome of health education is that children understand that healthy and safe living means that each child can look after themselves, acknowledge relationships (family, community) and has the awareness of health and safety in the environment. The Health & Wellbeing Curriculum is integrated with Literacy, Numeracy, R.E., Sciences and Technology.
Life is full of choices and the children are encouraged, with open enquiry, to make decisions which are right for them and, in a way, we are building skills of reasoning which the children will use in their life-long learning.