We aim to encourage all students to develop an understanding of the ever changing world through a holistic approach. By engaging in physical activities, making positive lifestyle choices and having an awareness of their own mental well-being, children will be able to manage their own lives effectively.
Classes follow the Jigsaw scheme of work which covers a range of Personal, Social and Health issues.
Autumn 1: Being me in my World (Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters)
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals (Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.)
Spring 2: Healthy Me (Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.)
Summer 1: Relationships (Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills)
Summer 2: Changing Me (includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change)
The scheme provides opportunities to cover advised curriculum coverage, relevant in today’s society alongside exploring social and emotional skills.
Alongside the curriculum coverage, we address the British values strand as well as strong links to SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) development.
We strongly believe that for children to succeed in life beyond school, they need to develop key life skills. Linden has joined the Skills Builder Partnership which embeds eight essential skills into our curriculum. These skills are:
The whole school focusses on a different skill each half term and throughout the year. Children apply these skills by participating in Challenge Days and projects. These skills unlock learning at school and ensure children are fully prepared for the independence needed later in their education.
At Linden Primary School, each class is timetabled to 2 hours of PE per week. In Reception and Key Stage 1, these two hours are focussed on the fundamental skills of PE (running, jumping, throwing, catching etc.) In Key Stage 2, these skills are applied to a variety of sports/games. As well as sports, we believe that other aspects of healthy living, such as Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) and physical and mental well-being are of great importance.
Yearly Plan PE
Lancashire Scheme of work
As a school, we follow the Lancashire PE Scheme of work. This provides staff with support in planning, delivering and assessing units of work. The scheme includes both indoor and outdoor lessons, where units of work progress and build upon previous learning.
We are affiliated with the Gloucester School Sports Network, which provides us with a variety of opportunities such as: continuous professional development for our staff, participation in numerous sporting events (competitive and non-competitive) and opportunities for our SEND children to participate in inclusive competitions.
Each year group (Year 2-Year 6) goes swimming for a minimum of 10 weeks of the year. Our swimming lessons are provided by Swimwell Teaching Services and take place at Ribston Hall High School. The children are taught the different strokes of swimming, as well as how to stay safe in and around water. Their achievements are celebrated with certificates (and sometimes badges) at the end of each block of 10 lessons.
We provide the children with expert coaching in a variety of different sports. After listening to the requests of the children, we invited cheerleading, cricket, tennis and netball coaches in to offer our children expert sessions as well as providing a learning opportunity for staff.
A wide variety of sports (football, tag rugby, netball etc.) are offered in after school clubs. Each club is held for an hour per week after school. In addition to this, we participate in the Gloucester schools’ leagues for boys’ football, girls’ football and tag rugby.
Each term we focus on a different value, where we begin with a launch assembly on the meaning of the value and its importance within our lives. Assemblies linked to this are carried out during the term with the final one celebrating a value winner from each class. This provides an opportunity for parents of the winning children to join us and celebrate with the pupils.
Our values include:
- Team work
At Linden, we have regular assemblies often linked to our values but also have regular assemblies held by Rev. Ruth Fitter from St Pauls and St Stephens church as well as a termly visit from Gordon Rae.
Each week, the whole school meets for a celebration assembly, where we celebrate a star of the week (chosen by class teachers), team points and class attendance.
Each year, the school council is elected after a thorough and exciting campaign trail held with the opportunity of year 5 and year 6 pupils being voted in for the roles such as Prime Minister and Secretary of Education, as well as year group representatives from across the school.
Weekly they meet to discuss and address important issues that impact on the Linden School community.
They are currently tackling the KS2 playground as well as dealing with the build-up of lost property.
We currently hold the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning award to which we continue to set high expectations throughout the school.