Personal, social and health education (PSHE) contributes to personal development by helping children build confidence, resilience and self esteem. It aims to help children understand that they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It supports pupils in identifying risks, change and emotions. Additionally, it encourages empathy and an understanding of how to form and maintain healthy relationships. PSHE lessons also contribute to a child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships.

Learning opportunities take place in specific lessons, normally with Mrs Needham, as well as in collective worship. 

Here are some examples of the areas that may be covered in PSHE during the course of a year:

Sex and relationships
Sex education has now become sex and relationships education (SRE), signalling the growing consensus that children are entitled to more than just the biological facts.

Personal health
Children learn that regular physical activity and a healthy diet can go a long way to ensuring they stay healthy.

Personal wellbeing
Children will talk about common pressures, issues such as friendship and belonging and other things that can contribute to mental wellbeing.

Social issues
One popular topic is bullying, it's crucial that they know where to seek help if needed.

Drug awareness
These lessons help pupils to understand more about drugs and also clarify any misconceptions they may have.

Topical issues

Over the course of a year, we cover may topical subjects, for example the meaning behind Remembrance Day, the history behind and how children can keep themselves safe on Bonfire Night. This term, we have been using Picture News, which help to keep children up to date with the fast changing world around them. Our discussions and debates, help to challenge children's ideas and pre-conceptions; ultimately helping them to broaden their horizons and enable them to deal with the modern world

Internet safety

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world. Mrs Needham visits this important subject each year and helps the children improve their understanding of e-safety so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.

Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.

The NSPCC have launched a new video called 'Share Aware,' which helps children understand the importance of not sharing personal information whilst online. The video can be found by clicking on the following;  Additionally, there is another website which is a really useful guide to the social networks your children may be using

Heard of Fortnite? It's an action survival game that was released last year, and is now one of the biggest online games, with more than 40 million players worldwide. Are you aware that the game automatically lets players speak to each other using voice or text? It means children can be contacted by anyone else playing the game. Voice chat can be disabled but text chat can't be turned off. It can help keep children safe if you are regularly chatting to them about what they're doing online.

See the attached post from the NSPCC for more information.

Mrs Pearce,
20 Jan 2019, 08:43