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.
PSHE is delivered throughout the school through the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) programme. This programme is designed to promote social competence, awareness and understanding, as well as facilitating educational processes in the classroom. Since the introduction of PATHS within the school in 2011, we have ensured that all KS1 classes use the feeling face chart to allow the children to show us how they are feeling throughout the day. All classes and MSA’s use a traffic light face system to monitor behaviour and a gold face is used at the end of each week to praise those children with consistent excellent behaviour. Each class has a special person, changed daily, to help with class jobs. These children receive a compliment slip as part of the PATHS programme. The compliments they receive come from both the staff and their peers.
We actively promote British values in our school at an age appropriate level: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Twice weekly PATHS lessons are taught throughout the school. These lessons are designed for each year group and contain activities using pictures, photographs and home based activities. The lessons use a range of teaching methods such as stories, role play, puppets and adults modelling behaviour to the children. The lessons are relevant to the children’s individual experiences as they encourage pupils to recall personal experiences, feelings and thoughts to make informed choices. Within the EYFS continuous provision to develop each child’s personal, social and emotional skills is evaluated daily through observations. KS1 evaluate and assess the children in PATHS termly, looking at their level of participation, concentration skills, speaking and listening and the relevance of their responses.
Reception & Year 1
In Reception and Year 1’s PATHS lessons Twiggle the turtle and his friends have visited each week to talk about different types of feelings and emotions, and how they make us feel inside. Twiggle and his friends have taught the children how to recognise and manage their own feelings, and how to recognise the feelings of others.
During PATHS lessons we have been thinking about feeling happy, sad, angry, scared, excited, tired and calm. The children have talked about their own experiences, listened to their friends, and thought about how our faces (and sometimes our bodies) change when we experience one of these feelings.
Twiggle taught the children a calming down technique to use at school and at home.
- Take a deep breath
- Talk about the problem
Twiggle has also introduced the children to his friends – Henrietta the hedgehog, Duke the dog and Daphne the duck. He read them a story about being a good friend and gave us all posters for our classrooms.
During the PATHS lessons we have talked about the importance of giving compliments to others, and how receiving a compliment can make us feel. We make sure each class ‘Special Person’ receives a compliment slip every day.
The Year 2 children have been recapping and expanding on the feelings they have learnt about in Reception and Year 1. The children have been asked to discuss their own experiences, and role play different scenarios.
In Year 2 the children have been introduced to the ‘Traffic Light Control Signals’ as a strategy to use when they feel they may need to calm down. Each class has been given a poster to display in their room.
They have also been discussing friendship, and what makes a good friend. Each class created a friendship tree out of their handprints (containing words they associated with friendship) to display on their classroom door.
In January as part of the ‘Toftwood Acts of Kindness’ challenge, the School Council challenged the whole school to a week of giving compliments to others. In their classes the school council led discussions on the importance of complimenting others, discussed the feelings a compliment can give someone, and the types of compliments that we can give to others. The children remembered some of their favourite compliments they had received in the past as Special Person.
For the week the children and members of staff were asked to write out any compliments they may wish to send to another child or member of staff, and to post them in our compliments post box. At the beginning of the following week the box was opened, sorted, and the School Council led a special assembly reading out and distributing the compliments. The office staff were especially overwhelmed by the number of lovely compliments they received from the children.
Nursery and Reception Feelings Face Chart
In the Spring Term the EYFS classes received a Feeling Face Chart for their classrooms. Each chart contains Velcro facial features to enable the children to create different emotions when they feel they need to explain how a situation has made them feel. This will enable the children to explain their own feelings, without having to necessarily speak, allow some quiet, reflective time, and help others around them (peers and staff) to provide them with the appropriate support.
The Reception children have already had lots of fun exploring the new charts and creating as many different feeling faces as they can!
Nursery and Reception
The children in the Nursery and Reception classes were asked to take care of their own environments. Each class were issued with ‘Tidying Up Inspector’ badges, one for indoors and one for outdoors. At the end of each session inspectors were chosen to wear the badges and monitor the tidying up. Their job was to point out the areas that needed tidying, encourage others to help, make sure everything went back in the right place, and inform the teacher at the end which children they had seen doing a great job. These children then got the chance to be the next inspector.