At Hawley Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and provides them with the skills to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people. Our Children are encouraged to develop their own opinions, as well as equip them with the skills and knowledge to explore and debate political and social issues.
At Hawley Primary school we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education in order to enable our children to develop a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. In doing so they should learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Although PSHE is taught through discreet lessons, it is also integrated into all activities, assemblies, educational visits and extra-curricular clubs. There are frequent opportunities provided in school which encompass PSHE education, including (but not limited to) sports tournaments, celebration assemblies and pupil voice groups such as school council and Eco committee.
We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on, drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Through these topics they will also 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. As our pupils grow and develop they should be able to think and talk about issues relating to these concepts as they encounter them in their own lives and in the lives of others, and as depicted in the media and in literature.
Within the EYFS, PSHE is integral part of the educational programme. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHE is referred to as personal, social and emotional development. This area of your child's learning is concerned with wellbeing – knowing who you are, where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. We believe that developing these skills enable the children to develop the confidence and independence to reach their full potential in other aspects of learning such as, reading, writing and mathematics.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
At Hawley Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.
In order to provide our children with the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s world we follow the myHappy Mind Curriculum which is grounded in scientific research and helps children to:
- Feel happier
- Know what to do when they feel worried or stressed
- Improve their focus and learn more
- Achieve more of the goals that they set for themselves
- Develop better relationships with friends and families
- Feel great about who they are and have positive self esteem
These photos show our children in EYFS exploring the story from the myHappy Mind programme. The children then made their on Brain Hat to support their thinking about how the messages in their brain get stronger the more they practice and learn.