PSHEE (personal, social, health and economic education) is a programme of learning in which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future.
As early as Kindergarten we aim to provide our boys with a broad and balanced curriculum, in which they all feel valued and respected, and can reach their full potential. Through a combination of adult-led and independent choosing time, boys are taught the value of individual liberty and the importance of making 'good choices' using a marble chart system. This continues throughout all years within the school.
The weekly PSHEE lesson allows the boys to reflect on the week and discuss if they can think of a time when they were kind to others, took turns and shared with friends etc. and also discuss how an individual could have improved on their choice when faced with a similar situation.
Staff and boys can nominate their peers for one of our eight 'learning habits' (collaboration, curiosity, kindness, empathy, courage, open-mindedness, perseverance and good judgement.)
Democracy is promoted throughout the school through school council, made up of a selection of Year 2 and Year 3 boys. This is an opportunity for them to voice improvements they feel they can make for the school as a whole.
Finally, positive and competitive values are promoted in games and boys learn the importance of team spirit along with the enjoyment of taking part rather than always winning.
Students have one half-hour timetabled lesson a week of PSHEE. We believe that this will enable the children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society.
We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of public institutions and service in the UK. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in philosophical activities. We teach children both about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
The PSHEE curriculum at Eaton House The Manor is based on the Independent PSHEE curriculum. It is a thematic programme which aims to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The four strands are:
- Developing socially and emotionally
- Leading a healthy and safe life
- Becoming a responsible citizen in a diverse, global society
- Building a successful and fulfilling future
The number of topics within each strand varies year on year to ensure a balance that is appropriate for the age group. In addition to a weekly class, PSHEE is also included in the teaching of several subjects, notably PE, science and TPR (theology, philosophy and religion).