Health and Wellbeing

What does Health and Wellbeing look like at Dore Primary School?

Wellbeing is a fundamental subject area, taught discretely through a wide range of curriculum subjects and assemblies as well as through stand-alone Health and Wellbeing lessons.

Our key value of kindness in particular intertwines throughout our wellbeing programme of learning. Health and Wellbeing lessons and assemblies also help encourage children to follow our school behaviours of being safe, being respectful and being ready.  We want to help our children to become emotionally intelligent; to develop strong, positive relationships; to be respectful and understanding of all different cultures, religions, genders and life choices, and to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to live successful and happy lives.

Our stand-alone lessons utilize materials from Learn Sheffield in order to cover the statutory RSHE curriculum, but also incorporate learning objectives from the PSHE Association’s programme of study, tailored to our children’s specific needs and experiences. This is under three main themes of learning:

  • health
  • relationships
  • the wider world.

Within this we have enriched our curriculum with an extra focus on social and emotional aspects of learning, healthy relationships, online safety and citizenship. These lessons take many forms and are often provided as circle times, Philosophy4Children sessions, and direct teaching.

What does RSHE look like at Dore Primary School?

At the heart of our wellbeing curriculum we have adopted the Learn Sheffield RSHE materials, which cover the statutory requirements for delivering the new RSHE curriculum (Relationships, Sex and Health Education, 2020). This was adopted following consultation with parents, and we have adapted and tailored our curriculum to reflect the needs of our children and our community.

Further ways that we support the health and wellbeing of our pupils

To support the health education of all our pupils, we have many policies in place to help our children understand how to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes our Healthy Packed Lunch Agreement, which focusses on the children understanding how to make healthy choices.

We take part in National Anti-bullying Week annually and our children take part in an annual wellbeing questionnaire (anonymously) which enables us to tailor our curriculum to their specific needs.

We are part of the Healthy Minds project and our deputy head, Mr Fletcher, is currently a Mental Health Champion.

We participate in Road Safety Week and Walk to School Week, and would love to have more walking buses set up.  If you would be interested in setting one up, please contact Mr Fletcher (Deputy Head).

We also have a Young Leaders Playground Care Team.  Our older pupils are trained as young leaders in the playground offering a supportive role for younger children at play and lunchtimes. They are trained in listening and mediation skills to help children who are feeling lonesome.


Health and Wellbeing News:

  • Wellbeing Y1
    The children learnt about being safe with medicines and household products.
  • UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award – Gold!
    We are delighted to be able to share with you the news that we have been successfully reaccredited for the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award at Gold level. The children and staff have worked hard to demonstrate how children’s rights are at the heart of everything we do at Dore. Well done everyone! We also […]
  • Y3 Visit to Dore Church and The Village Greens Grocers
    To celebrate the end of term and the Christmas season Year 3 visited Dore Church and The Village Greens Grocers. The trip also helped use with out Religious Education question ‘Has Christmas lost its true meaning?’ The Church look fabulously decorated ready for Christmas and the children enjoyed finding out about these Christian traditions. We […]
  • Y4 Winter Walk
    To end an excellent first term in Y4, we spent our penultimate day before the Christmas holiday undertaking a 10 kilometre walk from school, up to Totley Moss and Blacka Moor, then back to school. As you can see, the views were amazing as the sky was crystal clear, and we kept warm all day […]
  • Y4 Buddhism Visitor
    This week Y4 were visited by Srivati from The Still Living Buddhist Centre in Walkley. She added to our learning so far about Buddhism, reminding us of the story of the Buddha, along with many aspects of the daily life of Buddhists. We finished with a non-denominational meditation session, that you can see from the […]
  • Year 3 Healthy Walk
    Last week, Year 3 set out on a healthy walk to Ecclesall Woods. We were looking for evidence of things that had been eaten (and the flap jacks didn’t count!). We used the evidence to think about the food chains that might exist in our local environment: producers, consumers, prey and predators. It was also […]
  • Year 3 – D&T – Fruity Flapjack
    Throughout our ‘Fantastic Food and Brilliant Bodies’ learning journey we have talked about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet for fueling our bodies. As we were off on our first Year 3 Autumn walk in to the woods, we knew we would need a healthy snack. Working together we made a tray of fruity […]
  • Year 3 Science – Skeletons and Muscles
    In our ‘Fantastic Food and Brilliant Bodies’ learning journey we have been busy learning all about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy. In Science, we have looked at how important our skeleton and muscles are for providing our bodies with support, protection and movement. We had a table challenge – half constructing the […]
  • Year 3 – Team Work
    Year 3 began the term by taking part in our team building challenges. This showed us their excellent cooperation and team work skills. Look how well they worked together…
  • Y4 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Art
    To commemorate the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Year Four spent some time in Health and Wellbeing thinking about our feelings and emotions during the difficult and sad period of national mourning. We made links with our ‘Zones of Regulation’, which use colours to represent feelings. Then, in Art and Design, we used […]
  • Y4 Friendship Photos
    To start the year, Y4 spent one of our first Health and Wellbeing lessons thinking about friendship, and what makes a great friend. We then went outside and took photos of our friendships in action.
  • Y5 Castleton Residential – Wednesday
    Wednesday was walk day. The air was cooler, but the skies were still clear. As you can see from the photos, the views from Mam Tor were amazing. The walk also took in Peveril Castle, as part of our ‘Who Do We Think We Are? The Normans’ learning journey.
  • Y5 Castleton Residential – Tuesday
    On Tuesday morning, while some children went for a stroll and a paddle down Miller’s Dale, others completed the High Ropes challenges and obstacle course on site. In the afternoon some groups went caving, while others did the High Ropes then had a dip in the pond! Tuesday finished off with a toasted marshmallow around […]
  • Y5 Castleton Residential – Monday
    Although it has been a hot couple of days (!), Y5 have spent their time in the relative calm, and slightly cooler air of Castleton and the surrounding area. The dorms have been lovely and cool, and activities have been adapted and amended to ensure that everyone has had a good supply of water, whilst […]
  • Colour Smash Run 2022
    To celebrate the 10 year anniveasary of the London Olympics and it’s legacy in the UK, we took 40 Year 3 and 4s to a Colour Smash Run event at the Olympic Park. The Pictures peak for themselves I think: Before After It was a lot of fun., The children really made the most of […]
  • Sports Day 2022 – The Platinum Jubilee Games
    To tie in with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, our Sports Day this year was themed around the Queen. Events included tea party relays, corgi racing, street parties, races to the thrones, blindfold Everest climb, and many more. Gemini Dance provided our fantastic closing ceremony dance to ‘Dancing Queen’, which children had learned in one […]
  • Y4 Girls Football
    As part of thedrive to get more girls playing – and feeling they can play – football, we took twenty girls from Y4 (everyone who expressed an interest) to a football festival at St George’s Park, Graves. The photos below show just how enthusiastic the girls were, and it was lovely to see their skills […]
  • Recipe for a Happy Family
    In our wellbeing learning this afternoon Y1 were thinking about their families, and how all families are different. The children created their own recipes for how to make a happy family.
  • Year 3 – Squash Lessons
    This half term year 3 have had the opportunity to try out the sport of squash. We were invited down to Abbeydale Squash Centre for taster lessons. It was wonderful to see how the children’s racket skills improved over their three sessions, back in school we have continued developing these too. Hopefully some may return […]
  • Y4 Shelters
    In Outdoor Learning, we applied our understanding of knots and lashings to create some amazing shelters. As you can see, creativity was at the forefront…