PSHE/SMSC is a way for children to discuss and deal with their feelings and the challenges they face, whilst growing up. PSHE/SMSC in school develops the knowledge, understanding and skills young people need to manage their lives, now and in the future to prepare them for life as a well rounded 21st century citizen. PSHE/SMSC is developed through school assemblies and is taught discretely or when a situation arises. It is the GOLDEN THREAD running through every lesson the children attend, it is in their everyday school lives, clubs and in extra curricular events. PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
Extra Curriculum activities:
Hugs Not Drugs:
Each term the whole school will take part in a week of activities linked to the age related discussion points of Hugs Not Drugs. In year 1 the children will learn about poisons and family medicines in the home. They look at pictures and in groups discuss what they are, where they should be stored and the importance that they do not touch them to ensure they stay well and healthy. Before these weeks a letter is sent home to parents/carers to let them know the dates and giving them the option to not have their child partake in these sessions, however some areas are included in the curriculum and they have to be addressed at age related levels.
Anti-Bullying Week: Change Starts with us.
This takes place every November. The children start the week with an assembly to talk about what bullying is, what happens if they believe it is happening to them and who they can speak to. The children will have the opportunity to work in smaller groups in their class, discussing what is RESPECT and how they acknowledge some is respected.
This life skill is taught and modelled by the staff everyday in school. The children are taught how to empathise with one another if their peers feel they have lost control of their emotions with a result of negative behaviour. They learn how to calmly talk to another, support and encourage each other to find a positive outcome to a situation. So, that they feel good about themselves and that they have taken control and made a good choice.
Children have regular updates and information about how to keep themselves safe when using the internet. They are taught that it is their RIGHT to feel safe and if they do not who they can speak to about it. In cases where the internet has been used inappropriately they are given support and advice so they understand the negative and sometimes devastating results that can develop through their actions. This skill is vital to ensure our children are well rounded individuals in the 21st century.
There are many opportunities for children to develop as individuals by attending groups of their choice that they have an interest in, a few examples are netball, gardening, ICT, rugby, choir and animal care.
We aim to take the children out of school at least twice a year to consolidate their learning from the topic they have recently studied and to extend their interests further. The children from reception to year6 have the opportunity to develop their cultural education by visiting the theatre. In addition to this visitors are welcomed to school, to share their love and knowledge of theatre, history and music.
It can be very confusing as child growing up in the 21st century with lots of mixed messages from the media constantly bombarding them. At Oakhill it is important that children have a sense of belonging. We aim to involve all children by learning about each others cultures, beliefs and celebrations and teach them to acknowledge and respect diversity. This year under our British Values umbrella will highlight and celebrate what makes them British. We will acknowledge Rememberance Day, St.Georges Day and May Day to name but a few activities. Future letters will keep you up to date about activities throughout the school.
Last year we started to run a dedicated 'Life Skills' week to promote skills the children will need in their future. Guest speakers and visitors come in to discuss the importance of road/water/fire safety, specialist workshops helped promote the importance of saving money and how we can do it and we had local football clubs Stoke City and Port Vale talking to us about healthy eating and exercise!
Each term we will endeavour to invite people from business, academic and work places to talk to the children about their jobs, how they achieved their positions and to encourage the children to ask questions to prepare them for their future life decisions.
This year we are taking part in an exciting project with The Careers and Enterprise Company. They will work with year 5 and 6 pupils initially working towards a Quality Award assessing our career work
against the Gatsby Benchmark.