At St Columba C. of E. Primary Academy our PDL curriculum further enhances our Christian ethos and our learning values by giving our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become confident, healthy and independent global citizens with a clear understanding of the importance of well-being, both physically and emotionally.
Our PDL curriculum is embedded throughout our curriculum to give depth to the children’s understanding and allow them to experience PDL in a range of contexts. We follow the Hampshire County Council "Supporting Personal Development Learning Guidelines for Schools" . Where necessary discrete lessons are taught, for example, for aspects of Sex and Relationship education.
Through our PDL lessons, both embedded and discrete, our children explore their emotional health and well-being, develop financial awareness, learn about British values and citizenship, bullying (including cyber bullying) and drug, tobacco and alcohol education. We recognise the value of our community in developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of PDL and plan opportunities for the children to meet with and question various members of our community e.g from the Fire Service, Local Community Police force, drama and theatre visits, healthy heart workshop and visits and visitors such as a visit from a visually impaired parent with her guide dog.
At St Columba C. of E. Primary Academy the curriculum is enriched and enhanced throughout the year through a range of visits and visitors which include, residential trips (Years 5&6), Life Bus visits, fundraising events and the Children’s Fair. In addition staff run a range of extra curriculum clubs and organise school productions.
For those children who need extra support with regard to their personal and social development we have a Vice Principal responsible for pastoral care, an ELSA and an inclusion assistant as well as the many outside agencies we work alongside to ensure that all our pupils develop and thrive.
Within our school we encourage children to take on responsibilities such as worship leaders, library monitors, playground helpers, school councillors, register monitors and attendance stars etc. Our children also experience and explore democracy, develop respect and tolerance of those with different faiths, beliefs and opinions to their own.