Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education (PSHCE)
SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)
SEAL underpins our approach to promoting positive behaviour for learning. All children learn about the link between feelings, thoughts and behaviours. We teach our children how to recognise, name and manage the powerful feelings that can sometimes overwhelm them. Every half term, a theme will develop motivation, social skills and self-awareness. The themes are: New Beginnings, Getting On and Falling Out, Say No to Bullying, Going For Goals, It’s Good To Be Me, Relationships and Changes.
Our school uses the MISA peer massage programme. The children learn a set routine of strokes and massage each other’s heads, necks and arms. This promotes trust, respectful relationships and is a powerful calming down tool. Peer massage helps us to promote considerate relationships and a calm environment conducive to positive behaviour and effective learning.
The 5 Rs
Our children learn how to be effective learners. Our five ‘learning seals’ help them to develop the attributes of resourcefulness, reciprocity, reflectiveness, resilience and risk-taking.
Sex and Relationship education
Our sex and relationship education (SRE) is taught within our SEAL programme. Children are encouraged to talk about their feelings, friends and family and to discuss why they are special to them. As a parent you have the right to withdraw your child from these aspects of SRE work. Please come in and talk to us about it
Behaviour For Learning
Our Behaviour For Learning Policy is informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Our children learn:
- that they have the right to be listened to, to have fun and learn and to be safe.
- to take responsibility for their own behaviour choices and do not blame them on other people.
- to include other children in their games and to play games that don’t hurt anyone.
- that all of the adults in school work with them to help them have fun and learn.
- to listen to the adults and follow their instructions.
- that they can help to make our school a better place and know that their ideas will be listened to by classmates, the adults and the School Council.
- that if they don’t understand the learning, they should tell my teachers so that they can help them
Our School Values summarise this:
- We enjoy learning
- We try our best
- We make good choices
- We respect each other and our surroundings
- We work together
- We celebrate our successes.
Our children are rewarded for following the School Values with praise, smiles, stickers and Golden Moments. Golden Moments are collected as a class and celebrated in our whole school assembly.
When Things Go Wrong with Friendships
Our SEAL Programme (Social and Emotional aspects of Learning) teaches our children about making and sustaining friendships and gives them the skills to recognise and manage their emotions.
We have embedded support systems in school to help the children when things go wrong with their friendships.
There is a Put It Right area in every classroom and in the playground. We teach the children to use the area to calm down and think about their choices, to talk to the person they’ve hurt or fallen out with and to solve playtime problems. We help them to take responsibility for their actions and to acknowledge how their choices may make someone else feel. We expect them to apologise for the hurt they have caused and we help them to come up with a plan so that they can mend the friendship or make the situation better. The children are taught how to use the prompts to help them:
At lunchtime play, the children can go to The Club, to spend some time inside talking things through with an adult. There are Bubble Boxes in all classrooms. Children can write their names and drop them in the box if they have something worrying them that they would like to discuss with a trusted adult.
Our School Council and class meetings give our children real opportunities to voice their opinions and to effect change in school.
Philosophy for Children P4C
P4C supports children’s spiritual development and allows children to discuss big juicy questions articulating their understanding of the world. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life's fundamental questions. During these discussions, they learn to consider other viewpoints and to think about differences and similarities between their own lives and those of others.