PSHE (personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and well-being
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.
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."
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.
Year Three and Four took part in Mindfulness Club after school which proved to be a huge success! Miss Baker made mindfulness boxes with the children. Below you can see pictures of the children enjoying their calm down jars and stress balls.
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
During PSHE lessons, children are taught about 'The Learning Pit' and how they have to enter 'The Pit' and face challenges when they are learning something new. It helps them to understand what they need to do to help themselves become successful learners.