Personal, Social and Health Education is a core theme of the Healthy Schools programme, and is an important part of our curriculum here at St. Hilary.
It includes Relationships and Sex Education, Drug Education and other key aspects of growing up...PSHE provides children with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives.
'Every Child Matters' is a Government initiative created to bring health, family support, childcare and education services together so that all children get the best possible start to life! Organisations providing services to children, such as schools, hospitals and the police, work together and share information so that all children, and especially those in vulnerable groups, have the support they need.
The ECM 'Change for Children' agenda, is split into five themes to structure children's capabilities to....
- be healthy
- stay safe
- enjoy and achieve
- make a positive contribution
- and, achieve economic well-being.
St. Hilary follows the SEAL scheme of work - Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. This comprises seven whole-school themes to be covered at the same time each year, in each class, and covers subjects such as friendship, emotions, values and managing behaviour. The children are taught explicitly how to cope with certain feelings, and are given chances to discuss and think about how to become respectful and responsible members of society. The seven themes are:
1) New beginnings - taught at the beginning of each year to develop children's skills of empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
2) Getting on and falling out - concentrates on developing skills of empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.
3) Say 'no' to bullying - a short theme focusing on what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it and how children can tackle this problem.
4) Going for goals - aims to develop children's self-awareness and promote goal-motivated behaviour. It gives an important opportunity for all children's abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued.
5) Good to be me - develops children's skills of self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
6) Relationships - explores feelings (including loss) within the context of our important relationships including family and friends.
7) Changes - taught at the end of each year giving children an understanding of different types of change, both positive and negative, and equips them with to manage their feelings (very useful for discussing transfer to new classes, and secondary school).
Other aspects of PSHE...
We also teach the children drug education, relationships and sex education and cover areas such as road safety, keeping safe and healthy, and Citizenship.
Part of our work towards Healthy Schools Plus involves updating our 'Relationships and Sex Education' curriculum. Look out here for updates...
(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Need 2 Know - a general health information website
Talk to Frank - drug education website
Drink Aware - website concerning the safe use of alcohol
Relationships and Sex Education
This is a very sensitive subject for parents, and seems to make the news almost every week for one reason or another. Below are a few resources that might come in useful when talking to your children....