Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. PSHE helps to support children's spiritual, moral, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
At St Chad's, we are committed to building a loving, compassionate and respectful community in which every child can flourish. We believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our children to become responsible, well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to school life, home life and life in the community. The philosophy and ethos of our school are founded on our Christian vision (LOVE God LOVE Neighbour LOVE Self) and our core values (love, friendship, compassion and respect). These values are promoted in all that we say and in all that we do.
Love: “Do everything with love”. (Corinthians 16:14)
Friendship: “Encourage one another and build each other up”. (Thessalonians 5:11)
Compassion: “Be kind to one another”. (Ephesians 4:32)
Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated”. (Luke 6:31)
Like learning to ride a bike, values are learned through a combination of practice and explicit teaching: our collectives worships play an integral role in this. Children learn what values are, how to recognise them, how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence.
We have a structured approach to our collective worships and specific lessons that teach the values to the children and encourage them to deepen their understanding of what the values mean to them. Children also learn about values through everyday interactions with everyone in the school community. It is through modelling positive behaviours and values that we can all understand our expectations of each other and how we all want to be treated.
To support our children in making purposeful and meaningful links from their learning of values in collective worship to themselves and their world, we have created a 'Values in Action' overview map. Children regularly experience visitors into school, local trips and outings, as well as Theme days and Theme weeks. Children have the opportunity to share their learning outside of school through regular Home Learning activities linked to our half-termly values. At the end of each half-term, children have the opportunity to receive the 'Head of School Award', which are explicitly linked to our collective worship values. Further information about our 'Values in Action' curriculum can be found here.
Although we are an infant school, we teach our children from a young age that they have a voice and that their voice matters. One way that we achieve this is through our very active school council (our LOVE Council). Our LOVE Council is led by a group of children in Year 2. The successful candidates are sworn into their new roles during a special collective worship, receiving a shiny new badge that they must wear every day to school. Our Love Council members meet regularly with the Head of School, Ms. Leach, to discuss exciting projects, share ideas and solve problems. It is their role to be the voice of all of their classmates so we can all work together to create an even better school. They also meet regularly with the school's Chair of Governors to champion their ideas.
We encourage children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school. In doing so, we develop their sense of worth. We teach them about the process of democracy and rights and responsibilities through our regular school 'pom-pom' surveys.
In addition to being taught in collective worships, PSHE is also supported in science, English, computing, P.E and theme work. Through our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos, we promote our children's self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based in respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school and in the community. Our planning is supported by the Cambridgeshire Personal Development Programme and SEAL resources which help to develop our children's ability to:
- learn the school values of love, friendship, compassion and respect
- keep themselves and other safe, including online
- understand and respect the differences between people and form healthy and fulfilling relationships
- develop independence and responsibility
- play an active role as members of a democratic society
- behave in a socially and morally acceptable way, including towards authority and each other
- become involved in the life of their community
- know about economic wellbeing
- know about democracy and how to be an active citizen
- explore, consider and begin to understand moral dilemmas
- choose activities and food that will keep them healthy
- be aware of the use/misuse of medicines and the role of drugs
This year, we are introducing a programme called 'R Time' to our school. R Time is a programme which enables children to create and develop positive, respectful relationships with other children and adults. They learn the skills of sharing, taking turns and fairness. They work co-operatively together and everyone’s contribution is valued and valuable. R time focusses on social, emotional and behaviour skills, which influence every aspect of personal, school, home and community life. Children become confident, effective and enthusiastic learners. Children across all age groups learn to:
- Make and maintain friendships
- Resolve conflict
- Solve problems
- Share feelings
- Be resilient and persistent
- Work and play co-operatively
- Compete fairly
- Stand up for their rights and the rights of others
- Value and respect the right of others to have beliefs and values different from their own
Each session lasts about 10-15 minutes and follows the same structure:
- Random pairing.
- Main activity
Children are encouraged to use each other’s names throughout the session and to celebrate strengths. Further information on R time can be found here.