Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)
The aim of our new PSHEE program is to help the children develop emotionally, but also to ensure that they develop an awareness of the world around them, and become empathetic, responsible and independent members of our society. All students are encouraged to express their ideas and emotions and to formulate questions in a safe learning environment. Lessons are very hands on and enjoyable.
With this in mind, we have organised lessons as carousels; one for years 3 to 5, and one for years 6 to 8. Six PSHEE topics have been chosen, each being taught by a teacher specialising in this area. Each half term, students will focus on a different topic with a different teacher, covering all 6 areas over the course of the year. Each topic has been designed to ensure a logical progression within the topics.
Year 1 and 2 are following the SEAL approach to PSHE. SEAL is a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools. Topics are being covered in assemblies and then extended in lessons.
Carousel (Y3-5 and Y6-8):
My world, My responsibility - Citizenship:
Year 3 to 8 cover a range of topics such as: identity, being British, core values, stereotypes and diversity, immigrations and refugees, the main British institutions, democracy and the justice system, human rights and the British political system.
Money Matters - Economics:
Year 3 to 8 learn all about money: the value of money, when and why money was created, the creation of the first banks, goods and services, need and want, scarcity, productions, opportunity cost, trade, supply and demand and exchange rates. Students will often work around projects during which they will learn about budgeting, statistic, market research , profits, etc.
Me myself and I – Emotional wellbeing:
Year 3 to 8 learn to recognise and deal with their emotions. They are encouraged to share their ideas and feelings openly and will discuss topics such as divorce, loss and bereavement, shame and guilt, stress and anxiety, disagreeing politely, assertiveness, etc. Our aim is to help our student cope with the difficulties of life if, and when, they come up and, above all, encourage them to talk about it.
Moral me - Ethics:
Year 3 to 8 are encouraged to think about a variety of topics such as good friends, promises, solving a conflict, apologising and forgiving, animal rights and endangered species, celebrating differences, gender equality, fair trade, a right to education and child labour and environmental issues.
My body is a temple - Health:
Year 3 to 8 will learn all about body hygiene, healthy eating, the importance of sleeping, relaxing and exercising, puberty and mental health.
Safe and sound – Life safety:
Year 3 to 8 will learn a variety of safety tips so as to remain safe on the road, at home, on the internet and social media. Year 8 will learn about first aid.