Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is an essential and integral part of the whole school curriculum. The course is designed to promote the overall personal and social development of pupils and seeks to underpin the school’s aims and principles. We recognise that there is a link between the personal, social and moral development of each child and his or her achievement, both at school and as a positive member of a diverse multicultural society in the wider world.
In PSHE, children learn about taking responsibility for their own health and well-being. They also learn not only about their own rights, duties and responsibilities but also about the rights and responsibilities of others. The aim of Citizenship Education is to help pupils to learn how to become active, informed and responsible citizens and to value the experience of living in a democratic society. The teaching aims to help them respect and value the richness and diversity of our society.
Children are taught personal skills, such as how to:
- be more independent, confident and mature
- recognise their own achievements and mistakes
- share their views and discuss what’s fair and unfair, right and wrong
- set themselves goals and try to achieve them
- keep themselves safe and healthy as they grow
Children also learn social skills such as:
- thinking about how the choices they make affect other people and the environment
- considering the different groups in society and how to get on with them
- thinking about how and why rules are made
Children become aware of the social and personal issues facing them. As they develop these skills they are able to make informed choices about their conduct both within school and in the wider world. Circle Time with form teachers offers children the opportunity to discuss these issues in a safe and supportive environment and to celebrate successes and achievements with their peers.