An introduction by our PSHE Lead - Mrs Allen (Assistant Headteacher and Monet Class)
At Longlands we believe that a child’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of everything we do. A Longlands’ child by the end of year 6, should have a greater knowledge and appreciation of the wider world due to the rich exposure of a rich and varied PSHE curriculum, they should have a greater understanding of building positive relationships and recognition of how to look after their own health and wellbeing and that of others.
Throughout their time at Longlands, the children are taught how to develop and maintain healthy, positive relationships with others and how to respect equality and diversity. Through effective teaching of Religious Education and as part of circle times the children are taught to name and identify feelings. This enables them to begin to understand how to distinguish the feelings of others whilst also sharing their thoughts, opinions and ideas. We have a School Council which is elected by the children and meets regularly to discuss items that the children bring to the agenda and feel to be important to them. Crucially, the desired outcome is for children to take ownership of and to manage their feelings independently and to be able to maintain healthy friendships and deal with conflict in a positive way. At Longlands, we promote kindness and care for others which we celebrate by holding a kindness week annually. The children are encouraged to think of ways they can make others happy and then carry out acts to spread kindness during this special week.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial to ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing. From initially exploring ideas around healthy eating and recognising the value of regular exercise; children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 develop their understanding further by looking at the importance of personal hygiene. Throughout Key Stage 2, children continue to develop this knowledge further by considering how to maintain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Upper Key Stage 2 children are also given guidance on how to appreciate physical and emotional changes experienced in puberty. As a school we focus on ‘The Daily Mile’ and children are encouraged on non PE days to run for up to a mile in order to increase fitness levels and promote happiness. Children are asked to consider future career aspirations and show an understanding of the importance of managing finances correctly. Our work with Skills Builder supports all children to have high aspirations and have the opportunity in Upper Key Stage 2 to visit a variety of places of work.
Finally, a Longlands’ child’s PSHE learning looks to embed an understanding of the wider world. From their very first days, the children are encouraged to be tolerant and respectful and recognize and value the diversity and individuality of everyone. Our children are also taught to show an awareness of the responsibility we as people have in protecting the environment and the impact our actions can have on the planet. At Longlands we take part in supporting the charity ‘WE’ which helps children to recognise that together ‘We Can Make a Difference’ and enables children to think about local and global issues and how they can make a positive change. Continuing these themes into the later years, children develop a greater understanding of the value of tolerance and the importance this has alongside other British values that reflect the 21st century country that we live in. The school also supports a variety of other charities including: Save The Children, Operation Christmas Child and Children in Need.