PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
PSHE is taught through a range of subjects, activities and events at Beckstone Primary School. Our school culture and involvement in our local community embodies a sense of belonging and community spirit in our children. Assemblies, circle times and buddy systems are designed to develop our children’s capacity to listen to each other, empathise and articulate their thoughts. Yearly special events PSHE is also taught explicitly using Well Being Wednesday resources, Cornerstones activities and through sessions planned to link with our Learning Challenge Topics. Each half term, a whole school focus gives everyone from Early Years to Y6 objectives which build on children’s understanding of relationships, feelings and safety. These are detailed below:
Debbie’s Circle Time is led by Debbie Cook, our Education Support Manager. Debbie uses a text based approach to PSHE. She reads to every class in school, using a book which focuses on the half termly objective. The children then discuss and reflect on the story. This provides the children with another way of internalising the objective and applying it in a different context. Some of the books we use and books which can be read at home are below: