What is PSHE? Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It also encompasses our work within Citizenship and towards the National Healthy Schools standards.
PSHE at Greenfields – We are committed to investing in our pupil’s health and well being and by doing this we contribute to raising the pupil’s achievements. PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Therefore PSHE underpins our school ethos and reinforces our vision.
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 their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own self worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
We teach pupils how society is organised and governed. We also ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council. Pupils learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
PSHE and Healthy Schools – Our Healthy Schools Award was renewed in 2017, recognising our work in helping children to grow healthily, safely and responsibly. We actively encourage our pupils to become active citizens, who do their bit for society and for the environment.
We have weekly PSHE sessions, which cover everything within the National Curriculum and provide a range of learning opportunities for the children to discuss, reflect and share their own ideas in a safe and respectful environment.
Alongside this we also ensure that the children have at least two PE sessions a week; in Key Stage 2 the children also have swimming lesson and we run a range of PE clubs. For more information please look at our PE curriculum page.
We ensure that our school is well integrated into the community and the children appreciate the roles different people play within it. One example of this is that each half term, children go to the local church to sing to the elderly members of our community at their lunch club. Friends from the church are also invited to join us for some of our assemblies at school.
We often have special visitors in school from different organisations who work with the children, for example the Fire Service, the ‘Be Safe’ campaign, the Road Safety team and the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ team. We also value the importance of our community. Key Stage 1 pupils visited the Library in the Autumn term where they evaluated Lockey Park. The children made posters to encourage people to keep the park clean in response to seeing lots of broken glass.
Growth Mindset – At Greenfields we want everybody to have a ‘growth mindset’; staff, pupils and parents/carers. Everyone should know that it is fine to ‘give it a go’. Our children understand that intelligence grows all the time when we are learning. They always try their best even if it is tricky and they never give up.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we refer to the Mouse and the Gruffalo. The Mouse is our hero because it has a growth mindset. The Mouse loves making mistakes and learning from them. However, the Gruffalo has a fixed mindset. It thinks asking for help is silly and it gives up when something is hard. In Key Stage 2 the children choose their own characters. Every class has a growth mindset display to remind the children to ‘give it a go’.
Learning Habits – At Greenfields we want every learner to develop good learning habits. We all worked together to think about what good learning habits are and how we could show that we are good learners.
Our seven learning habits are: Connect and apply, Be positive, Reflect, Wonder, Question, Be resilient, Co-operate and Question. We display our learning habits poster proudly in every classroom at Greenfields: GCPS Learning Habits
In our lessons the children discuss and reflect on which learning habits they are displaying and developing. The children also have the learning habits as their targets. It is our aim that every child who leaves Greenfields will display all seven learning dispositions and leave us as a confident, happy and persistent learner.
We also have SMART weeks to promote mindful learning.
Jeans for Genes Day– Every year, the children wear their jeans to school to support this fantastic cause. This year we raised over £300 ~ Go Greenfields! Throughout the year we also have other fundraising events to support charities, such as Children in Need and lots more. Watch our twitter feed for regular updates on our charity work.
Anti Bullying Week – Every year, during anti- bullying week the children learn all about different types of bullying and think about what they could do if they were being bullied.
This year, each class gave a presentation in assembly to share what they had been doing. Year 2 read the poem ‘I have a Friend’ and thought about the key to being a good friend.
Key Stage 2 pupils also took part in workshops led by Dave Burn from ‘Be Safe’ which dealt with issues all about anti- bullying. Other visitors such as the Show Racism The Red Card team also visit Key Stage 2 in the Summer term.
Expect Respect Week – All the children at Greenfields take part in Expect Respect Week. This year, the children have been learning to challenge assumptions based on gender and careers.