Personal, Social, Health, Emotional and Economic education permeates the whole curriculum and is promoted through positive practice in the day to day routines and ethos of the school. To complement this, specific sessions take place each week to develop children’s social and emotional development.
In Years One and Two, children learn about themselves as individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and their prior work on personal, social and emotional development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Children learn about themselves by recognising how they feel and how to express their views. They are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their environment, developing attitudes that inspire them to do things to be proud of. Children find out how to set targets and persevere, working hard to achieve their goals and overcome problems along the way. They also develop skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well.
Children learn about others, starting with how to make others feel welcome and how to help others in their time of need. They find out how to be a good friend and the value of being pleased for someone’s achievements. Children further develop their understanding of other people’s feelings and become increasingly aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people.
As members of a class and school community, children learn about relationships. They recognise similarities and differences, learning how to have respect for others and how to value different opinions. Children are supported to develop social skills such as how to share, take turns, play and work co-operatively and resolve disputes. Children in Years One and Two grow to take an increasingly active part in the life of their school and community. Monitors, house captains and playground pals are just a few examples of the ways in which children are active members of the school community.