PSHE at James Bateman Junior High School
PSHE, SEAL and Citizenship
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Our lessons often involve discussion and active learning, covering topics like safety, health and relationships. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) helps to promote the social and emotional intelligence that underpin effective learning. SEAL builds on the skills of self awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills to enable our pupils to be confident individuals who can deal with any issues that may arise throughout their time at school, and then be able to use these skills throughout their lives.
Citizenship asks our pupils to reflect on the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and talk about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. Our pupils’ learn to understand and respect our common humanity,diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. We cover topics such as, Why we need rules in year 5 , leading on to Politics by the time our pupils reach key Stage 3, giving students the chance to form their own political party, and discuss issues that they feel are important.