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. In September 2017 we introduced a new curriculum personalised to each year group, based on the objectives from the PSHE association. 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. Additionally, we introduced our new HRE (health and relationships education) curriculum, based on the Christopher Winter Project – Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools. This will help to prepare our children for September 2019 where HRE will be made a statutory subject.
Each year we take part in Anti-bullying week, which is an annual event in the UK on the third week of November. This week helps to raise awareness in children and young adults, about bullying in school, online and anywhere else. It focusses on how to prevent bullying and stand up to bullies. During this week, we spend some time celebrating anti-bullying week and taking part in a variety of activities linked to this. Previously, we have taken part in anti-bullying workshops from outside companies, visited Picture House Cinemas and watched films about bullying and had visits from the NSPCC. We have also completed activities in our classes too.
In June 2018, we also completed out first enterprise project. This allowed all of the children to understand what it means to be enterprising and how understanding enterprise could help them in the future. During this project, children had the opportunity to develop, create, advertise and sell a product. After successfully selling their products, children worked out their profits or losses and considered how they could expand their business further.