At Alexander McLeod, our PSHE teaching is embedded in our children’s everyday school life through our eleven school values. Our values are respect, responsibility, effort, equality, aspiration, self confidence, friendship, independence, co-operation, honesty and perseverance. Children are given the opportunity to consider how our school values also promote British values. Our children are regularly reminded of our values and use them to motivate themselves to be the best they can be. Educational visits, guest speakers and drama workshops are also an important part of PSHE at Alexander Mcleod.
As well as being embedded in day to day learning, discrete PSHE lessons are taught in each class to ensure full coverage of the three PSHE strands: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Through these lessons, children develop key life skills including how to stay safe and healthy, tackle barriers that come their way, develop their self-esteem, resilience and empathy and raise their own aspirations.
This year children in Years 3 and 4 were visited by Perform Drama company and took part in workshops exploring what bullying looks like and how to deal with it. Years 5 and 6 were visited by Tie-Dye Drama who work in association with Kidscape to provide some excellent workshops linked to the prevention and understanding of bullying. Additionally, Years 1 to 6 all visited Greenwich Picture House Cinema to take part in anti bullying workshops linked to the films ‘The Ant Bully’ and ‘Matilda’.
In addition to this we also have planned for Years 4, 5 and 6 to be visited by Chain Reaction Theatre who will be presenting a drama piece based on the theme ‘Keepin It Cool’ and children will have a Q and A with the actors after. ‘Keepin it Cool’ is a funny yet sensitive project promoting patience, communication and compromise, providing practical ways to teach young people how to manage anger.