We believe that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enable children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Citizenship is the name given to the coverage of PSHE in our lessons. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy and empowerment of ‘pupil voice’ in school through membership and contribution to the School and Food Council.
We use the SEAL curriculum and resources to provide our children with a spiral curriculum that provides them with the opportunities to develop the social and emotional skills that are essential to them. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, eg charity fund raising, ‘Walk to School’ weeks, peer mentoring (Bute Buddies), school assemblies and anti – bullying week. We offer the children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers. A Police Schools Involvement Officer visits each class during the year. Topics covered include bullying, dangerous play, crime and consequences. Each year the Life Education Bus stays in school for a week. All classes attend the bus. The topics covered relate to citizenship and the science curriculum. We also lead annual residential school trips for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. On these trips there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership skills and co-operative skills.