At Church Hill Infant School the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship curriculum helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible and positive members of a diverse multicultural society.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school, the local community and the global community.
They learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
We try to ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in class management and via electing a School Council. We teach children both about their rights and their responsibilities to each other.
At Church Hill Infant School all staff and pupils work together to create a positive climate in and out of classrooms. Respect is developed through sharing and taking turns in the Foundation Stage progressively to listening to the points of view of others on a variety of issues with older pupils.
Self-esteem is fostered through the way we talk to each other, display work, but also through well planned PSHE lessons, circle times, Celebration assemblies, Golden Book assemblies and Positive achievement awards given by the Headteachers golden stickers.
Children are encouraged to be assertive and to take control over some aspects of their school life. Group and team work is encouraged, but in addition, pupils are asked to reflect on ways of working together.
Opportunities to ensure appropriate independence are built into teaching, so that by the end of Year 2, pupils have begun to use research skills, work and think independently and are generally prepared for the transfer to the Junior school. Time is made for older pupils to work with younger ones; pupils are encouraged and aided when organising their own fundraising events; the school council follows up its own suggestions, for example for ‘Friendship Bench’ designs. These are all examples of pupils taking responsibility.
Expectations of pupils by teachers and by themselves are high; pupils are encouraged to, ‘be the best you can be’ and achieve your targets.
The creation of a positive ethos in Church Hill Infant School is not left to chance. The involvement of the whole school community, especially through PSHE and Citizenship, enables the school to tackle all issues openly and seriously.
Our PHSE Co-ordinator is Miss Kirby.