Wednesday marked the launch of our school-wide PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economics education) curriculum, which will equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to lead confident, healthy and happy lives. These sessions are a way to deepen children’s understanding of the wider world and their place within it.
This week, our Year 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed their very first PSHE session of the year. The Year 5 session identified the different types of communities at King’s St Alban’s including the school community as a whole, as well as sports clubs, choirs and church.
As part of this exercise, pupils explored the roles, responsibilities and rights people should have within these communities. This followed on nicely to discussing refugees and the importance of understanding what it means, and the rights every child should have, using the UNICEF Every Child resources.
The older children in Year 6 discussed legal and illegal drugs, and distinguishing the difference between each. The pupils made some excellent points such as identifying that all medicines are drugs, but not all drugs are medicines. We also discussed the effects of drugs and legal energy altering food and drink including energy drinks, coffee and alcohol.
The teachers were really impressed by how engaged the pupils were in these sessions. PSHE classes spark debate and discussion and it was heartening to see all pupils being respectful of each others’ opinions and beliefs.