At Foxhole Learning Academy, the Art curriculum is designed to facilitate engaging, question-based enquiry whilst developing skills progression across the school. This should allow the children to consolidate and build upon key skills and knowledge from previous years. Following a thematic curriculum PSHE enable our pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. The PSHE curriculum aims to help pupils understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that part of growing up. We provide opportunities to learn about the rights and responsibilities and appreciate what is mean to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by contributing to school life and the wider community.
- All pupils to have a weekly one hour PSHE lesson.
- Medium term planning is given to all staff which has been developed by PSHE lead in guidance with The PSHE Association to meet the needs of our pupils.
- Medium term planning incorporates PSHE sessions, Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) sessions and Educate and Celebrate sessions
- All year groups access at least 3 ESR topics per year which focus on giving them the skills and knowledge to become responsible global citizens
- All year groups access 3 ‘Educate & Celebrate’ books to teach LGBT+ issues and equal opportunities at an age appropriate level
- Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
- Assemblies are planned to cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
We believe that by children having access to a meaningful PSHE curriculum then they will become confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults. Children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. From exposure to a range of global issues and problems, children can build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility of being a global citizen. From engagement with a variety of stories and discussion topics, children can understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves.
Trauma Informed School (TIS) Approach
We have three TIS trained members of staff at Foxhole Learning Academy who contribute to the school ethos of embracing the support of children’s emotional and social learning through their school day. This take place during lesson and break times, in one-to-one or group sessions and through our extra-curricular activities including sport, art, role play, music and many more.
The way children behave can tell use a lot about how they are feeling, something they often cannot put into words. The TIS approach used latest neuroscience research, attachment research, studies of effective learning and models of child development in order to support staff with understand the needs a child is trying to express through behaviour. The TIS approach gives strategies and activities to assist with re-engaging children with learning and life.
Why the TIS approach?
Like most of us in our lives children unfortunately face challenges that can be unsettling for them. The TIS approach gives understand and support to help children get back on track. Most children will respond to the care, understanding and support given by parents, family, friends and teachers. However, some children need a little more.
What extra support can Foxhole Learning Academy offer?
Foxhole Learning Academy has a whole school approach to well-being an concerns are raised by the class teacher in addition to communication with families and outside agencies. The reasons for extra support for a child are not always clear however, this could be bereavement, family breakdown or an identified need such as ADHD. The triggers are not always clear when children find aspects of home and/or school life difficult. Working with parents and class teachers the team of TIS practitioners will carry out assessments to identify a child’s social, emotional and behavioural needs. This helps to build a bespoke plan of activities to support their needs.
What does the plan of activities look like?
A TIS plan of activities is tailored to support the individual child’s identified social and emotional learning targets. These activities can be one-to-one or small group with a focus on play and art based activities, they can include use of the senses to support a child’s self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-worth whilst supporting them to become more resilient and resourceful. This is achieved through the child building a trusting relationships with an adult, the relationships are rewarding, compassionate and empathetic. The sorts of activities in the plan could be: sand play, puppets, cooking, painting, model making, role play, small world and comic strips, strategy games and projects of the individuals interests. The plan of activities is shared with parents and they are encouraged to engage with similar activities at home. The plan is regularly reviewed.
So who gets TIS?
Everyone! Although everyone may not always realise it. All pupils have access to class based TIS regularly most sport and art is taught using a TIS Approach. If a child needs regular out of class TIS activities, then parents are consulted and given updates.
What makes Foxhole Learning Academy a TIS school?
We use TIS as a whole –school approach. We believe that behaviour is a means of a child communicating something that they cannot say and that this needs to be understood and supported.