Our children receive a PSHE (personal, social, health education) or SEAL (social, emotional aspects of learning) lesson each week. These are planned programmes of learning through which the children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, emotions and friendships.
As part of a whole school approach, PSHE and SEAL develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, class members and members of society.
With aspects of the curriculum that cover Safety, Citizenship, Anti-bullying, Finance, Living and Growing, Healthy Lifestyles and British Values, we help to equip the children with the positive attitudes they need to become self-assured and reflective learners ready for life beyond primary school.
At 2.50pm each day the whole school stops for 10 minutes of Reflection Time.
During this time, the children share positive experiences from their day. Staff also have the opportunity to share successes and reward pupils verbally and/or with a MarvellousMe.
This is also a time for staff and children to reflect on any concerns that have arisen during the day, for instance, if a child has ended the day on a yellow or red point. Children are actively encouraged to consider what went wrong and how this should have been addressed. They offer peer advice and talk about the impact of actions on the individual and the class. Often teachers will link this to our school ethos, British Values and UNICEF (where appropriate). Every opportunity is taken to develop the children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.
When something significant has happened in national news, a teacher make take this time to talk to their children, clarify understanding, offer reassurance or open debate on the subject.
We find that this precious time at the end of our day helps to safeguard our pupils. It sends children home calm and happy and reinforces the family ethos of our school where any issue, no matter how tricky, can be discussed with a trusted adult and each day is a new day where everyone has the chance to make different choices and achieve different outcomes.
Our first week back at school in September and our first day back at school in March was off-timetable. Children's well being is being prioritised above all else; fun and engaging physical activity, art and craft sessions, mindfulness and drama was used predominantly. During the Autumn term 2020, each child received an additional SEAL/PSHE lesson each week. This was to support the mental health and well-being of our pupils as we slowly introduce them back into education. Talking therapy is considered the best way of addressing anxiety with children of this age so pupils will be given the opportunity to talk about their individual experiences, sharing the positives and the negatives.
Themes focused upon during these additional sessions, included, but were not limited to:
Additional break times have been added to the school day to support children with reconnecting socially and to provide the benefits of outdoor, physical activity.
During the national lockdown (January 2021), school continued to support the well being of our pupils by meeting with them in a small group of peers, via Google Meets, once per week. This supported the children to maintain relationships with their teacher and peers.
Now we are back at school again, we are continuing our focus on the children's well being. For example, each Monday morning we are starting the day with a class assembly linked to a specific theme i.e. resilience, independence, anxiety, friendships, etc. The week's theme is referred to throughout the week and gives the children a chance to discuss their ideas, opinions and any anxieties.