Through the delivery of PSHE, our children are educated in how to make constructive life choices. They are supported to make healthy life style changes, demonstrate confident and become independent members of society. This will enable them to making reflective and well thought out decisions, allowing them to positive contributions within a diverse multicultural community. PSHE also supports many of the principles, outlined and adhered to within the school’s safeguarding policy.
PSHE promotes the exploration of topics such as empathy, managing feelings, self-awareness, social skills and motivation. Children are encouraged to see themselves as valued individuals within a community, whether this is the classroom, school or wider world. They are also coached in methods and techniques which will help them to successfully contribute to the building of a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. PSHE helps children develop as confident, responsible citizens and helps to promote good self-esteem.
At times, throughout school life, children might feel overwhelmed with different emotions such as; happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness. PSHE helps children practise shared models for ‘calming down’ and ‘problem solving’ skills to allow fluid transitions and focused learning. As children build learning skills of cooperation and tolerance, and recognise diversity, they are more able to work together in groups, manage emotions and resolve peer conflict. They develop a greater understanding of friendships, their own strengths and weaknesses and personal goal-setting.
We use a range of teaching and learning styles. Group work, ‘circle time’ discussion, role-play, and debates form a central part of our classroom PSHE teaching, but there are also opportunities for quiet reflection time. We encourage the children to take part in a range of whole school activities that promote active citizenship and healthy lifestyles, e.g. charity fundraising (Children in Need, Comic Relief, Christmas shoebox appeal etc.), participation in school events such as themed colour days and assemblies, local sports and arts events, pupil questionnaires, school and Eco-council activities and healthy living competitions (e.g. walk to school days, lunchbox awards, design a school dinner challenges, sleep, diet and exercise diary projects). We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as members of the police or fire service, and representatives from the local church or charities, whom we invite to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community. A culture of achievement is promoted within the school through the celebration of pupils’ accomplishments in lessons and Collective Worship. Year 5 and 6 children are encouraged to be ambassadors of the school, by undertaking special tasks and duties, e.g. family captains and vice captains, buddying of younger children and earning leadership recognition.