Individual class teachers are responsible for their own class organisation and teaching style in relation to PSHEE (personal social health and economic education) while at the same time ensuring that these complement and reflect the overall aims and philosophy of the school.
As a result of their PSHEE lessons, we want the girls to develop an understanding of how to live a healthy, safe lifestyle and to use this knowledge to make informed decisions and choices in the present and in the future. In addition, we strive for each girl to become a responsible citizen who knows she can make a difference to others around her and further afield through fundraising and work within the local community.
We provide opportunities for personal and social development through a variety of strategies:
- Individual, peer group, collaborative group work.
- Discussion and role play.
- Vertical streaming, allowing children of mixed ages to work together (house meetings).
- Involvement in a range of problem solving activities.
- Preparation and presentation of tasks for different audiences.
- Positive self-assessment and peer assessment.
- Through our general routines, in and out of the classroom, and the way in which individuals relate to each other, children are encouraged to form their own attitudes and values.
- By building positive working relationships between children and staff all members of our school family are valued as individuals. They learn to see the need for good manners, self-discipline and appropriate behaviour in whatever situation they find themselves in.
- Year groups are encouraged to have speakers in to discuss relevant topics.
Our approach to PSHEE
PSHEE is central to the educational entitlement of all the children at Eaton House Girls' School, and, as a cross-curricular dimension, permeates all aspects of life in school. It is mainly encompassed within the teaching of cross-curricular topics but is also taught through specified lessons. It is an integral part of the whole curriculum, and is not just a separate subject.
The girls are given opportunities to rehearse the skills and attitudes that they need for life in the safe environment of the classroom. At all times the emphasis is on the development of positive self-esteem.
A range of activities outside the classroom includes:
- Visits to places of interest
- Extracurricular activities
- Outdoor pursuits and team building – residential trips in Years 3 to 6
- School Eco Committee
- Fundraising and charity work
- Interaction with members of the local community, visiting speakers and professionals