Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education promotes pupils’ personal social and emotional development, as well as their health and well being. It helps to give children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It gives children an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen and introduces them to some of the principles of prudent financial planning and understanding.
At the Bridge International School we believe that the personal, social and health development of each child, in conjunction with their citizenship skills, has a significant role in their ability to learn. We value the importance of PSHE and Citizenship in preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In addition we believe that a child needs to learn about the many emotional aspects of life and how to manage their own emotions. We are also aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of Safeguarding.
At The Bridge we aim to help the children to:
1. Develop confidences and responsibilities and make the most of their abilities.
2. Prepare to play an active role as citizens.
3. Develop a healthy, safe lifestyle with the ability to make appropriate risk assessments.
4. Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
5. Understand some basic principles of finances.
6. Make a positive contribution to the life of the school
The Bridge uses the SEAL – Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning - materials to teach many of the elements of PSHE, basically connecting every aspect with the ethos of the school. We recognise that there are areas that SEAL does not cover and these are addressed with specific lessons where that occurs. We have a grid to show where SEAL covers and does not cover the PSHE elements.
Each class teacher has a folder containing the SEAL topic for the half term.
In addition, teachers will aim to set aside time in class to discuss matters arising from school council meetings.
We recognise that Circle Time is a very useful teaching model for many of the aspects of PSHE and have spent time to train teachers and support staff in the skills of circle time.
More details on PSHE is under the policies section of the website.