At William Austin Infant School we understand that a child’s social and emotional development is central to all aspects of their well-being and learning. It is our strong belief that in order for a child to reach their full educational potential they must first feel happy, safe and secure in their learning environment.
We deliver our PSHE curriculum – Personal, Social, Health, Economic education – through a mixture of year group and key stage assemblies, class assemblies and circle time sessions.
We follow the government’s SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) which works through a series of 6 themes throughout the year. These 6 themes are the same in every year group allowing children to make continual progress throughout their time in school. The SEAL themes are ‘New Beginnings’ ‘Getting On and Falling Out’ ‘Going for Goals’ ‘Good to be me’ ‘Relationships’ and finishing with ‘Changes.’
Each theme last for half a term. During class assemblies, children take part in a variety of activities including whole class discussions, small group discussions, listening to stories or watching video clips as well as completing small pieces of work such as pictures or short written tasks.
Through SEAL children learn to recognise, name, describe and control feelings. They have time to reflect on the choices, actions and words of themselves and others; thinking about the consequences for all. Children think about friendship and looking after themselves and others. They celebrate similarities and differences, learning from and supporting one another.
The majority of PSHE curriculum is taught through SEAL, however there are also cross curricular links with science and maths in particular. PSHE is also delivered through natural conversations that occur daily between adults and children and when dealing with any incidents that may arise.
It is our aim at William Austin Infant School to teach and equip all children with the skills that will enable them to efficiently deal with social and emotional issues they may encounter throughout their time at school and to prepare them for the rest of their lives.