Our children receive an hour PSHE (personal, social, health education) or SEAL (social, emotional aspects of learning) lesson per 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 3.00pm each day the whole school stops for 10 minutes of Reflection Time.
During this time music is played into each classroom, from our radio station, while 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 card. 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 and British Values (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.
Finally, the children may want to discuss their 'Thunk' of the week during reflection time. This is a simple looking question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light, for instance 'If I steal a million pounds does that make me a millionaire?' . Through discussion of the thunk, children are encouraged to appreciate alternative viewpoints and give reasoned answers.
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.