Work is planned using the Kapow scheme of work for PSHE, ensuring all children can develop personally and socially. Aspects covered include friendships and relating to those around us, feelings and how we cope with them, manners and different social contexts, care of our bodies and keeping healthy, growing up and sex education, the use of medicines and drugs and protecting ourselves in various situations.
The promotion of high self-esteem is considered important for all children. We are also promoting and developing a Growth Mindset culture across school, where children are confident to learn from their mistakes, develop resilience and change their words and mindset from "I can't do it!" to "I can't do it...yet!"
We promote a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing, overseen by our Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead. We have a designated safe space in school, The Haven, which gives children a quiet area for reflection or for sharing their thoughts and feelings. We understand the potential impact on learning that mental health and wellbeing issues may create and work our hardest to ensure these are addressed quickly and solutions are found.
Our school dog, Ralph, has also had a positive impact since he joined us. It also encourages children to attend, as there is a sense of excitement amongst them when Ralph is in school.
The DfE has made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools.
In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness.