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 mental health is important to us at Alexander McLeod. Since September 2018, all of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have been practicing mindfulness each day. Mindfulness allows the children to take a moment to clear their minds and feel the weight of daily life lift away from them. As well as this, at the beginning of each week, all classes participate in circle time helping us to adopt a positive mindset which builds self-esteem and productivity. During May 2019, we will be celebrating mental health awareness week and continuing to support the idea that our school is an open, safe space for all.
Furthermore, at Alexander McLeod, we pride ourselves on our diversity. Every year we host a diversity week in which we celebrate our differences. This week is a fantastic opportunity to learn about people from different cultures and countries as well as exploring different family units and orientations.
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 2020 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. 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.
In June 2018, we also completed our 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.