“PSHE is important because it teaches the skills necessary to navigate the wider world and stay safe.”
In Pick Me Academy our students show positive personal development and exhibit a strong sense of self-worth and respect for others as they are involved in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.
The aims of these activities are to enable the children to:
• know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
• be aware of safety issues;
• understand what makes for good relationships with others;
• have respect for others;
• be independent and responsible members of the school community;
• be positive and active members of a democratic society;
• develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
• develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
All these aims are successfully met as Pick Me Academy is currently implementing a comprehensive PSHE programme including:
Weekly assemblies (to celebrate students’ achievement and also celebrate international events)
Theme days (as part of the global dimensions and raising awareness with respect to international events)
House activities (as part of the social and emotional development programs as this will bring in the school a lot of opportunities for team activities, competitions and developing the community spirit)
Student council (helping students to develop skills for life in a fun and constructive way)
We organize classes in such a way that pupils can participate in discussions to solve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behavior. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police, and representatives from the local church, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.
The curriculum is also enriched through field trips and educational visits for pupils from both phases. Links with the local community are established, and include role play/public speaking/ drama activities, charity actions, storytelling workshop and career days.