PSHE (personal, Social, Health Education) and RHE (relationships and health education)
- Curriculum & Policies/
- PSHE (personal, Social, Health Education) and RHE (relationships and health education)/
The aim of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is to provide learning experiences to promote the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need to lead confident, healthy lives, to make and maintain responsible relationships, and to enable them to play an active role as citizens. It promotes the development of positive self-esteem and self-confidence so that children achieve their maximum potential and become independent, while also having a sense of responsibility to others.
At Bickley Primary School, we promote a caring, stimulating environment with high standards. We want children's learning to be a positive, enriching experience where individuals can achieve their maximum potential. Through all aspects of school life, children are encouraged to develop their individuality, as well as tolerance and understanding of others. We actively promote respect for moral values, and an understanding of different traditions and cultures.
There are opportunities for teaching PSHE in all areas of school life, including in the classroom, through whole school assemblies and activities, social skills groups and extra-curricular activities. PSHE has close links to many curriculum areas and is frequently addressed. Its principles permeate throughout everything that is done in all areas of school life and all staff are aware that children often learn most from the examples they are set by adults around them.
Our school follows the JIGSAW scheme of work which is a fantastic resource in supporting the children's learning in PSHE and RHE. Please read our updated policy if you would like to find out more about what we teach in different year groups.
At Bickley, we support the well-being of both adults and children. In our most recent Ofsted report (6th February 2019) it was mentioned that, "The whole-school focus on mental health and well-being is providing valuable support to pupils and their families. Pupils say that they feel safe in school and that staff teach them how to keep themselves safe, including online. They know who to go to if they have any worries and trust their teachers to help them if there any incidents of bullying or poor behaviour. Parents overwhelmingly agreed that their children are safe and well looked after at school."
At Bickley, our Year 6 children have been trained to become 'Play Leaders'. They are taught how to help children in younger year groups to play effectively and to support them when they are developing their social skills. Our Year 6 children are excellent role models and have supported younger children so that they can manage their emotions during play times and they can find a child in a 'Play Leader' bib if they are feeling left out.
Every year, we take part in Anti-bullying week to ensure that children understand what bullying is and how it can be prevented. The children take part in age appropriate lessons to discuss how we can celebrate differences and why our differences make the world a better place. We discuss how bullying can effect others socially, emotionally, mentally and physically and they know who they can talk to if they are having problems. Crucially, our older children learn about Cyber-bullying and how they can protect themselves online.
The children are always excited to take part in 'Odd Socks Day' which helps them to recognise that we are 'All different and All equal'. This year, Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a Virtual Reality session which discussed bullying scenarios. It was an extremely valuable experience for the children to become 'fully immersed' in a bullying situation and to understand the motives behind other people's actions.
Throughout all Key Stages, children at Bickley take part in mindfulness exercises. The benefits of mindfulness include: increased empathy and compassion, improved happiness and optimism, greater focus and concentration and reduced stress and anxiety. Children regularly use 'Smiling Mind' and listen to guided meditations. If you would like more information about Smiling Mind please click here.
RESILIENCE and growth mindset
To help the children become life long learners, they are taught about Resilience and Growth Mindset. This helps children to understand how to persevere when they face new challenges and how they can support themselves when solving problems. Developing these skills helps children to take safe risks and to embrace new learning with open arms.
Practising Growth Mindset Theory with children is a great way to get them engaged with subjects and activities that they try to avoid through fear of getting things wrong or "not being good enough".
Watch these video clips from Class Dojo to help your child learn about Growth Mindset and Resilience:
Episode one: A secret about the brain
Episode two: The magic of mistakes
Episode three: The incredible power of yet
Episode four: The mysterious world of neurons
Episode five: Mojo puts it all together
5 ways to build resilience