Our school motto is:
Creative. Caring. Curious.
We make every moment count.
At Wirksworth Junior School it is our aim to deliver a PHSE programme which enables pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life as individuals, family members and members of society.
Our PSHE programme is a whole school approach and not restricted to the classroom. Pupils participate in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully into the life of the school and community. We are aware that children learn much from the overall ethos of the school, from attitudes of staff and from their relationships.
At Wirksworth Junior School we make every moment count and PSHE is central to that. Our core school values of aspiration, perseverance, fairness, respect, togetherness and trust, help to shape us as citizens to be secondary school ready and to be a positive and active member of the community of Wirksworth.
PSHE will be delivered by the class teacher with the support of the PSHE leader as necessary. It will also be introduced and explored within whole school assemblies where visiting professionals may provide talks/workshops to pupils.
In addition to this, PSHE is delivered through a range of class and whole school activities. In the classroom teachers use a resource called PSHE Matters, published by Derbyshire County Council. It organises learning into half termly blocks over a 2 year cycle. These units include:
Difference and Diversity
Pupils are also given opportunities to join in and contribute to local and national initiatives e.g. anti-bullying day, Internet safety day, community projects and fund-raising activities. Pupils may take part in school assemblies, be elected onto the School Council, become a Playground Buddy or even an Anti-stigma ambassador and are encouraged to express their opinions. Pupils are offered a wide range of opportunities to enhance their learning and engage with the concepts and content of the subject through learning in other subjects and areas of the curriculum and out-of-school activities.