Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a fundamental part of children’s education. It gives children the tools to help them understand how they are developing both socially and personally and endeavours to investigate wider moral, social and cultural issues. PSHE education embodies what it takes for children to become a good citizen and the rights and responsibilities they possess currently or those they will gain as they grow into young adults and beyond.
Although PSHE education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education, it is currently a non-statutory subject. However, all children at Woodchurch CE Primary School receive rich and meaningful lessons in this subject.
We use the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials as a basis to teach many of the elements of PSHE. Although we also understand that in order to teach the best quality PSHE lessons, teachers need the flexibility to focus on issues relevant to their class at specific times. Lessons aim to equip pupils with effective decision making skills and the ability to calculate risk effectively. PSHE education is a basis of which to prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It also allows children to reflect on their life and how to manage their emotions.
Class teachers also use ‘Circle Time’ as an effective tool to teach PSHE, allowing children time to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a calm, caring and respectful environment.