Personal and Social development
Personal,Health, Social and Emotional Education
At Church Walk C.E. Primary School, we believe that personal, social and emotional education and Christian Values are at the core of our whole curriculum.
For a child to be an effective learner they need to have good personal, social and emotional skills and as a school we need to focus on these.
Children need the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
They will reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially using many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
They need to learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
As well as focusing on developing children’s skills in these areas we will actively look for opportunities for them to be applied in a real social context e.g. electing class representatives to the school council.
Aims of PHSE at Church Walk C.E. Primary School PHSE has five broad themes and aims to support the personal, social and emotional development of children and young people.
• To develop good relationships and respect differences between people, based upon our Christian Values.
• To understand their emotions and act upon them appropriately.
• To develop confidence and making the most of their abilities • To develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
• To prepare to play an active role as citizens
In Foundation Stage, PSHE is central; it is taught through Christian Values in all other areas of the curriculum and is implicit in good continuous provision.
PHSE themes run through the whole curriculum in both Key stage 1 and 2. Areas are delivered as an integral part of other curriculum areas, eg; Sex and Relationships and Drugs Education through Science, Debating skills through Literacy or PHSE is delivered as a separate curriculum area. These include; Relationships in School (including friendship, bullying, behaviour etc.) Relationships at Home (including marriage, divorce, separation, step-siblings, birth, death etc.).
Many aspects of PHSE are taught through the use of SEAL materials, Rights Respecting Schools resources and through circle time and in school and school council activities. In all key stages we can say that PHSE is taught both explicitly and implicitly. Implicitly by • Agreed rules and routines • Learning environments • Whole school ethos • Parent partnerships • Community involvement • Church links
Specifically we teach PHSE skills through; • Assembly, whole school and class assembly • SEAL topics ( Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning ) taught in a two year cycle. • UN Conventions for the Rights of the Child • Identified in Medium Term plans • We are also working towards having specific PHSE targets for children throughout school.
Additionally, we will use specific programmes for children who need further development of their PHSE skills, these include; • Additional SEAL resources • Time to Talk programme • Socially Speaking programmes • Rights Respecting Schools resources
Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning
This is an approach taught through circle times and discussion in each class. Different units are covered each half term.These include:
- New Beginnings
- Getting On And Falling Out
- Good To Be Me
- Going for Goals
Kidsafe is a programme that is developed to ensure that children have the confidence and knowledge to keep themselves safe in different contexts.
We have a Senior Teaching Assistant who delivers the programme in school to Year 1 and Year 4. We also hold meetings for parents and send out information sheets, so that they can disuss certain topics with their children.
The programme includes:-
Trusted grown ups, private places, safer use of the internet and age appropriate computer games or videos.
‘Teach children how they should live and they will remember it all of their lives.’ Proverbs 22:6
Our vision is to provide a secure, happy learning community based upon Christian Values in which each child is encouraged to reach their full potential.
We aim to support the children's developing skills as learners by:
- Providing a secure foundation upon which individuals can grow into independent, challenged learners.
- Stimulating active learning experiences,that develop children's awareness of themselves as learners.
- Valuing every child irrespectve of gender, disability,age, race or culture and ensure that they have an active voice in school and know that their opinions matter.
- Supporting children in succeeding in their learning and finding opportunities to celebrate their success.
- Developing skills of independence, co-operation and self- motivation.
- Contributing to the wider community, both locally and globally.