The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury is proud in 2019 to have funded the Life Education Bus for 2 days at John Moore School. Thanks to its the fund-raising efforts all children at the School recently enjoyed the benefits of the Life Education Bus.
The bus provides a very valuable programme of activities for the children which then is continued throughout the year within the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) lessons.
The three characters used throughout the sessions to make them interactive and fun are Harold the Giraffe, Kiki the Kangaroo and Derek the Penguin.
The Reception children (aged 4-5) meet Harold the Giraffe (a puppet which features regularly throughout the programme) who introduces them to the importance of being happy and healthy. This includes how the body gets energy from food and water and the importance of basic personal hygiene. Also included is an understanding of how medicines can make people feel better when they are ill as well as strategies for dealing with sadness.
Year One (aged 5-6) learn about the major food groups and the importance of a healthy lunchbox. The session reinforces the importance of friends and understanding that feelings can be hurt if friends fall out.
Year Two (aged 6-7) focus on feelings and relationships includingthe different types of teasing and bullying, which are unacceptable.
Year Three (aged 7-8) are introduced to the importance and significance of making positive choices and the impacts of negative choices such as taking a medicine, doing exercise, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
Year Four (aged 8-9) are introduced by Harold to his trip to Diversity World where rules, choices and the benefits of difference are all reinforced.
For the younger children the session per class is an hour, while the older children have an hour and a half where the subject matter is in more depth and role play is introduced.
Year Five (aged 9-10) focus on personal and emotional needs and the understanding that these can change according to circumstance. They explore the characteristics of passive, aggressive and assertive behaviour and through role play where the children identify and practice their assertiveness skills link this to the influence of decisions on friends.
Year 6 (aged 10-11) through the use of audio-visual material and role play, explore aspects of peer dynamics. They then consider the types of activities most young people enjoy doing which do not present the same risks as using recreational drugs.
Clearly this programme is valued both by the children and the staff.
For further information: www.coram.org.uk/lifeducation
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