Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
‘Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless’ – Mother Teresa
At Beddington Infants’ School, we value children as individuals and members of their communities. They learn about themselves, building on their own experiences and developing their social skills through many different learning opportunities. Personal, health, social and emotional development involves helping our children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. The children at our school have opportunities to show they can take responsibility for themselves and their environment and they enjoy doing so.
‘A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new’ – Albert Einstein
We encourage children to take risks, to ‘have a go’ and to persevere when things get tricky. Through many different experiences, our children learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They are well supported by adults (and each other) when things don’t go to plan, and are encouraged to talk about their feelings, to manage their emotions in a positive way and to make choices which enable change.
‘I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see things from all angles’ – Nelson Mandela
We encourage and facilitate teamwork and democracy as part of our daily practice and we nurture caring individuals who look after themselves and others well. As they progress from Nursery through to Key Stage One, the children learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other people. As highly-valued members of their classes and our school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. We encourage every child to take an active part in the life of our school and our neighbourhood. Learning together, building positive relationships and becoming well-rounded individuals, are all elements which add to the harmony of our whole-school community.
‘You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think’ – A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
We support every child in our school by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy. We aim to raise children’s aspirations and develop their sense of self-worth through many different experiences. We understand that when children’s emotional, social and personal development is nurtured and valued, it has a huge effect on their future experiences and feelings about themselves and the world they live in. At Beddington Infants’ School, everybody matters and everybody counts.