PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
At Myatt Garden, the PSHE curriculum underpins the values and ethos of the school as a whole. Our aim is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.
The SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme is used to deliver the curriculum. It focuses on the five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. The programme is delivered through seven themes which are revisited every year to build on previous learning and understanding.
In addition to the SEAL programme, each class has a weekly circle time session which either builds on the current SEAL focus or is an opportunity to raise issues and rectify any concerns. Pupils are also introduced to a ‘restorative justice’ technique as a tool to support them in resolving conflicts.
Sex education is taught through a structured programme in Year 5. Parents have the opportunity to view the materials used in sex education and discuss lesson plans in advance. If they wish, they may withdraw their children from these classes.
Religious Education (RE)
Myatt Garden has no religious affiliation and we approach RE from a multi-faith perspective. We have adopted the Local Education Authority’s Agreed Syllabus. The world’s major religions are taught to help children appreciate and respect not only their culture and beliefs, but also those of others. Tolerance of others is a key aspect of the curriculum.
Assemblies are held daily in age phases and once a week as a whole school.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE provided they notify the head teacher in writing.
Our aim is to encourage team spirit and a sense of community as well as promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.
Our PE lessons are delivered by professional sports coaches across the school, ensuring our children are given every opportunity to develop the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
We have teams that compete in local competitions in football, rugby, athletics, swimming galas, cricket and tennis tournaments. All children in Years 3, 4 and 5 have the chance to take swimming lessons. Details on our national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety can be found here: National curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety
Sports week takes place every summer, whatever the weather, and can include cycling, volleyball, rugby, football, cricket, dance, netball and basketball. It culminates in a sports day at the end of the week on Goldsmiths University’s field.
All KS2 classes learn basic French, with a focus on spoken French. Our curriculum is based on the Rigolo programme, which builds children’s vocabulary and skills in a systematic way. The lessons include online resources using a native French speaker, alongside practical and fun activities