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What is PSHE?

PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education and its objectives run throughout our curriculum and are taught discretely when appropriate to support children with key skills or at specific times eg Anti-Bullying Week/Safer Internet Week.  It is an important part of learning as it helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.


It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships.


Resources we use include:

  • the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme as appropriate
  • Bobby Bear Lessons in Pride for children in Key Stage 1
  • Participation in the national Anti-Bullying Week and Safer Internet Week activities
  • Visits by the local PCSO regarding keeping safe and drug awareness
  • Visits by specialist agencies for example representatives from ChildLine
  • Role models from the local community are invited into school to inspire and share their experiences
  • We follow the ethos of the 'Healthy Schools' programme, for example the promotion of healthy snacks at break time.


What Children Learn

Here are some examples of the areas that may be covered in PSHE:


Personal Health: children learn that regular physical activity and a healthy diet can go a long way to ensuring they stay healthy.


Personal Wellbeing: children will talk about common pressures, issues such as friendship and belonging and other things that can contribute to mental wellbeing.


Social Issues: bereavement, voting and taking care of the environment are the kinds of social issues that will be covered. Two particular topics are bullying and e-safety because they directly affect children at school, and it's crucial that they know where to seek help if needed.


Sex and Relationships: Sex education has now become sex and relationships education (SRE), signalling the growing consensus that children are entitled to more than just the biological facts.


Drug Awareness: these lessons help pupils to understand more about drugs and also clarify any misconceptions they may have.


What is SEAL?

The SEAL resource is a framework for developing all children's social, emotional and behavioural skills. Details of what this entails can be found be clicking on the link below.