At Manor Leas Infant School Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to develop as confident, healthy and independent individuals. PSHCE lessons help to promote physical and emotional wellbeing for all of our children.
Our planning for PSHCE covers emotional health and wellbeing, financial awareness, sex and relationships, drug education, bullying and citizenship, at a level appropriate to the children’s ages.
At Manor Leas Infant School we promote British Values and prepare children for life in modern Britain; through PSHCE and across the curriculum, children explore democracy, rights and responsibilities, respect and tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and opinions.
Opportunities to further children’s development in Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education are embedded throughout our curriculum including PE and Science.
In Year 2 we follow a programme called Zippy’s Friends, which has been designed to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young children. Zippy’s Friends aims to increase children’s repertoire of coping skills that will enable them to deal with many of the problems in day to day life that they might encounter. It is split into five modules covering topics such as feelings, communication, making and breaking relationships, bullying, conflict and change and loss.
Enrichment activities further support and complement our PSHCE curriculum. These include a Year 2 residential trip, school visits, community events and sports, arts, drama and music clubs. ELSA sessions support individuals who need additional help to manage their emotional wellbeing.
Personal and Social skills are at the heart of our school values and are the focus of school assemblies, in particular our “Star of the Week” assembly and class behaviour and reward systems. Children are also actively involved in making decisions and discussing issues surrounding their health, friendships and wellbeing through the School Council.
PSHE is one of the many ways in which we support the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our children.