Through the teaching of P.S.H.E and citizenship we aim to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives and become informed, active and responsible citizens.
We follow the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) for the majority of our PSHE. Through this we aim to foster an ethos of care for the individual and respect for others regardless of gender or race. Children are encouraged to recognise their worth as individuals and express their opinions confidently and respectfully. They are also taught skills so they can be successful in their relationships and can resolve their own problems. We use restorative approaches to help the children identify their own feelings and thoughts and those of others. The use of circle time is often used to explore issues which arise in school and in the wider world.
Additionally we aim to give the children the knowledge and skills they need to live safe and healthy lives and we hold the ‘Healthy Schools Award’. By encouraging healthy habits, we hope to provide the building blocks for a healthy life.
Sex and relationships education is taught across all year groups with a strong emphasis on relationships. A variety of teaching resources and methods are used in the school appropriate to the age of the children. We provide opportunities for parents to view materials used for teaching sex and relationships before using them in class. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of sex education other than the statutory elements taught in the Science curriculum.
We give children the opportunity to discuss their responsibilities as citizens and encourage them to understand how the behaviour of people affects local, national and global issues. We aim to promote a caring attitude to others and take part in many events to support charities and people in our local environment. The children are expected to take an active role as citizens, including working on or with the School Council and Eco-council where decisions are made in consultation with all pupils.
During the year we participate in the ‘Golden Boot Walk to School’ initiative, Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day and Food Awareness Week. Whenever new opportunities arise which support learning in P.S.H.E, we aim to participate.
We are fortunate to be supported by ‘Cobweb’, our parent/teacher association, who help to fund opportunities to further enrich the curriculum such as ‘Gripping Yarns’ theatre group and The Life Education Bus.