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Church of England Junior School

PSHE Corner

Welcome to St Mary's PSHE Corner!  

This page will keep you updated on all things 'PSHE' that are happening in our school, ranging from the children's learning, focus weeks and our Peer Mentor scheme.


What is PSHE?

PSHE education is a school subject  where pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work in modern Britain.  

At St Mary's, we deliever our PSHE learning to the children through regular Circle Time and focused lessons. 

Circle Time

Circle Time is a tool we use in order to develop positive relationships between children. It provides children with an opportunity to solve problems that are affecting the class and encourages unity, respect, turn-taking and working together towards a shared vision.

Like all of our lessons at St Mary's, Circle Time is structured to fit the specific needs of the children and to ensure that they are provided with the correct tools that will help them through their day-to-day school life.

Circle Time has many benefits for children which include:

  • Improved speaking and listening skills. 
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • A sense of community.
  • An understanding of how their behaviour affects others.
  • Improved emotional intelligence.
  • Improved problem-solving skills.
  • A sense of responsibility.
  • Improved relationships between children, and between children and their teacher


What will we be learning this term?

To find out what your child will be learning in the Spring term, take a look at the 'Spring learning' document below. 


Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors can be found supporting children on the playground during break and lunch. They strive to make the children's time on the playground an enjoyable one and are there to offer a listening ear or a helpful hand. 

Meet one of our Peer Mentors below...

Keep your eyes peeled on this page to find out how our Peer Mentor has been supporting children throughout the term.


At St Mary's, we recognise that it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much and as a result of this we have introduced calming and minfulness exercises into the classrooms. Mindfulness can help minimize anxiety and increase happiness. During this time, the children are taught techniques that allow them to pay more attention to the present moment, their own throughts and feelings and to the world around them.

Click on the link to find out more about the basics of mindfulness.