Our teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is aimed at promoting in children, a healthy self-confidence, a sound knowledge and a clear understanding of what is needed to become informed, active, responsible citizens. We work hard to ensure that all we learn is put into practice within our own smaller community, in preparation for life beyond.
Our pupils are provided with many opportunities to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, whilst tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. The PSHE department is concerned with those dispositions and qualities that are essential to help a child flourish, so they are offered a diverse array of topics, in a well-structured and carefully balanced program of studies.
A regular time is set aside for PSHE in the week to ensure the scheme or work is able to be properly delivered, but, of course, it is developed through activities and whole School events. Pupils are given a voice not only in day-to-day interactions with their teachers and other pupils, but also through the formal structure of a School Council. This body has representatives from each class and they meet regularly to discuss School matters.
We offer a residential visit to Year 6 where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operation skills.
Visits and special days in School provide opportunities for children to plan and work together, and develop and maintain relationships under different circumstances. They can discover new qualities and characteristics through volunteering, participating and reflecting on new experiences.