Personal, Social and Health Education & British Values

 PSHE at Childer Thornton

At Childer Thornton we believe passionately that children can’t begin to learn unless they are feeling happy and secure within themselves and both their school and home environment. In order for this to be achieved we have a carefully planned PSHE curriculum that uses the latest advice in this area. 

What are children taught?

  • Children are taught through the SEAL programme.
  • SEAL promotes social and emotional literacy in children and equips them with the skills they need to lead a healthy, happy life. We explore the different aspects and how you can get involved.
  • Most of us think ‘seal’ refers to a fin-footed aquatic mammal, but in actual fact SEAL practised in schools is concerned with the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. Used effectively, SEAL teaches children the skills they need for a better life.
  • SEAL in primary schools offers a whole framework for promoting social and emotional literacy, supporting children with:
  • social awareness
  • managing their feelings
  • motivation
  • social interactions
  • empathy

The framework is divided into seven themes to be covered within a school year:

New beginnings

Getting on and falling out

Say “no” to bullying

Going for goals

Good to be me

Relationships

Changes

  • All staff have been trained in the Nurtured Heart Programme and are teaching children new vocabulary to describe their positive behaviour and are encouraging the children to do the same.
  • In addition to this we have some areas that are supported from activities taken from the PSHE association, these include looking at loss and changes to family life.
  • At key points of the year we have a focus on bullying and during anti bullying week children take part in workshops on the subject. Each half term there is an assembly on bullying and pupils are taught about on line safety through their computing lessons.
  • Once a year we have a health week where teach SRE and basic medicine safety to our children. We also teach the aspects of DT and Science that relate to health education during this week.

Underpinning all we do is our work on British values;

democracy

the rule of law

individual liberty

mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. 

  • We teach this as the foundation of every subject and this is at the heart of everything we do. We teach the areas through the following subjects and activities:

British Value

How it is taught

To enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Through PSHE work.

To enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.

To encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Assemblies and Pupil Parliament and visits from local M.P

Pupil voice and surveys

To encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely

PSHE

Charity events

Harmony week

Fair trade

Trips out from school

To further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures

Harmony week an interfaith community coming into school to undertake workshops with the children.

RE lessons and philosophy approach.

As part of our RE curriculum children are taught philosophy for children and they are encouraged to apply these skills to discussions in PSHE lessons.