Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
At school students spend time learning about many things, such as fractions, punctuation, other countries and other languages. But, little is more important that what they learn about themselves and their relationships.
Try to imagine all of the thoughts that swim around a child’s head; or try to remember yours.
When you are three years old almost everything external is new: the sights, the sounds and the smells. You react to all of these. At the same time you react to your own needs and emotions.
As you grow older you become more accustomed to external stimuli, but your own needs and feelings are just as strong and more complex. Your own behaviour and how to conduct yourself becomes a challenge. How to respond to frustration? How to respond to winning? How to respond to loneliness? How to respond to others?
It is for this reason that we give children certificates for displaying good character. Resilience, determination, cooperation and communication are all high on our list. We want them to understand their own feelings and those of others. We want children to understand how to express their feelings and how to listen to and respect those of others.
So, our PSHE curriculum is less a timetable of classes and more a series of conversations. We talk to classes to groups and to individuals. We explain and we encourage. We are clear about our expectations and our standards. Our aim is to help children to grow up by honestly discussing issues and allow children to develop the skills and traits they need to cope with the adult world.