At Southmead Primary school we see Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) as an important part of our curriculum and our vision is to set learning within real-life contexts. We build on children’s early experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development, and promote children’s self-esteem and emotional well-being . We aim to help our pupils to form positive and safe relationships based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, and in the community and wider world.
Reflected in all areas of the curriculum, in our school ethos and environment, we aim to provide children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals within the school and wider community.
We aim to teach children how to confidently make safe and informed decisions so that they learn to appreciate and recognise their own worth, are able to compromise and collaborate with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning and life choices.
Lessons provide children with opportunities to reflect on their experiences and understand their personal and social development as they confront many spiritual, moral, social and culture issues that are all a part of growing up.
Spotlight on EYFS and KS1
The children in Early Years have been developing their turn-taking skills and learning how to establish positive relationships with their peers and teachers. We discuss feelings on a daily basis and the children now enjoy vocalising their thoughts during circle times sessions through discussion or by simply showing us the correct visual to express their emotion.
Spotlight on KS2
Year 3 have been highlighting anti-bullying themes and how vital it is to respect one another.
Year 4 are focusing on conflict resolution among peers to establish more positive behaviour and relationships.
The children in Year 5 have been writing down their own personal aspirations for the exciting year ahead of them.
Year 6 have been looking at what it takes to develop young leadership activity skills. The children have been learning about collaborating as a team, listening and considering everyone’s opinion, and being inclusive. They have also enjoyed learning from a visitor from NARCONAN Drug Prevention and Education who spoke to them about the physical and mental effects of drugtaking so that they could become 'better placed to make their own decisions regarding street drugs and alcohol'.
Click here to read how PSHE at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.