Part of our school vision is ‘Together we shine brightly’; believing in the limitless potential of our students and the impact they can make on others, both within school and in their community. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health) Education is at the heart of everything we stand for as a school; helping children learn to manage their lives both now and in the future. It is vital, in an ever-changing world, we equip the new generation with the skills and knowledge they will need to become the best they can be throughout later life. Within all subjects we are working on building our children’s resilience to challenge and for them to be able to recognise how to challenge themselves. This strand of personal development is critical for the future generations to develop self-confidence and awareness.
At Southborough School we have adapted the PSHE Association Programme of Study to meet the needs of our pupils. We use the three overarching themes; Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World, to create consistency throughout our year groups. Each year, children will learn age appropriate skills linked to these themes, building upon previous learning, skills and knowledge.
We believe that PSHE is not just to be taught as a standalone subject but it is also to be discretely woven into the learning of all subjects. These cross-curricluar links allow children to put their learnt skills into practise and they are able to discuss, question and work with themes explored in PSHE. PSHE is taught in a variety of ways including working as individuals, discussions within groups and class debates. Children are encouraged to ask questions, answer questions from others and share their opinions within a safe, supportive learning environment.
Our School Values are at the heart of everything we do; Hope, Perseverance, Joy, Forgiveness, Compassion and Peace. are promoted strongly by our children and can be seen within our learning environments. We are inspired by and celebrate others achievements daily in class and during our weekly celebration worship. PSHE assessment is ongoing and formative, allowing the children to be an integral part of this process through self-evaluation.
Key Stage 1 lessons and activities are adapted from Go-givers plans to include all children, by using a range of approaches. Key Stage 2 lessons are planned from a scheme closely linked to the LifeBus; a PSHE experience our Year 6 children undertake. This allows them to build on their knowledge year upon year. We then create lessons that utilise: use of child specific resources, differentiated questioning and mixed ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned with the aim of best possible understanding for all children within the class.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is invaluable in preparing our children for the future and is nurtured through our daily life in school.
We explore beliefs and experiences of ourselves and others near and far; discuss the importance of respecting all faiths and beliefs and learn and reflect upon each others feelings.
We learn about and are aware of what is right and wrong linked to our school rules; learn about British laws and the importance of them; begin to consider our actions and understand the consequences of them; discuss and debate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
We are familiar with the groups and communities that we are part of; participate in our local community ; discuss how to resolve conflict; engage strongly with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance (See our British Values page).
We appreciate cultural influences; discuss the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying. Andy and the Odd Socks (Cbeebies presenter and Anti-bullying alliance patron) have written a toe-tapping song for Odd Socks Day 2018. It's called 'Choose Respect' and is the overarching theme for our Anti-bullying week this year.
Our children (and staff!) were invited to wear odd socks for the day. It was an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes them all unique! Pupil voice suggests the children felt inspired and proud of what our school stands for as well as feeling confident on what showing respect means to them.
We were then tasked to link this key learning to another subject. Some classes chose to link this to Music; creating their own version of the 'Choose Respect' song. Other classes decided to create a piece of artwork that encompassed the key themes and could be used to promote a positive message. In English, some classes chose to represent their learning in the form of writing a recipe for how to choose and show respect. These are just some of the many inspiring lessons that we were engaged with this week.
“We wore odd socks today to show that we want to be different.” Year 1
“I have learnt that we should respect our differences and to respect means to be kind and generous.” Year 4
“Having only just spoken about respecting each other’s choices, it was really good to see us embrace our differences; enjoying our different choices of socks helped us celebrate our uniqueness.” Year 6