Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Development
Our Vision: Reaching for the Stars with Aspiration and Hope
At Bromesberrow, we are determined that children are able to Reach for the Stars with Aspiration and Hope and ensure that our pastoral care supports our children so that they can work to overcome barriers to learning and succeed. It is important to us that our children have a strong PSHE approach to develop their resilience and support their sense of wellbeing; as well as to provide them with the knowledge and tools to prepare them for life in modern Britain (supporting FBV and SMSCD). We are particularly mindful of the role our PSHE philosophy and practice affects those most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in our care.
Our Christian Values: Respect, Motivation, Cooperation, Kindness, Pride, Perseverance
These Values are seen as curriculum drivers and learning behaviours to succeed and 'Reach for the Stars'. They were chosen by our church school community, with our church school community and their needs in mind. Our values are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and we use our learning from the Biblical texts to inspire us in our learning, providing us with Aspiration and Hope.
Respect: 'In the Gospel of John, it is shared how Jesus got down and washed the feet of his disciples. He exclaimed that 'slaves are never greater than their masters and messengers are never greater than the ones who sent them' (13:16). The message is given that we should respect all people regardless of station.
We aim to foster strong respect; respect of ourselves, of others and the world in which we live. Zippy's and Apples' Friends, and Passport have units on Respect, which explores this explicitly.
Motivation: When Jesus talks to the Rich, Young Man and then addresses his disciples (Matthew 19: 26-27), he shares the importance of motivation and living by the 12 Commandments. He encourages all people to give all that they have stating that 'with God all things are possible'
Children are motivated to learn about themselves, others, and their local and global community. Our PSHE curriculum, as well as other curriculum areas e.g. Humanities and RE, develop children's interests and motivation to engage with topics that challenge e.g. through courageous advocacy- challenging and questioning what is going on around them and making a difference.
Cooperation: 'So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.' Nehemiah 4:6. Everyone combined forces to rebuild the wall, showing great cooperation and teamwork, working against the odds
Using the Children's Partnership resources enables us to learn about the importance of concepts such as friendship, and how to manage 'falling outs', teamwork and social conflict.
Kindness: Seen in the 'Book of Jonah', where God shows great love and kindness to the people of Nineveh, by forgiving them for their sins and showing mercy.
Kindness is often an overlooked value that is so important. We teach our children to be compassionate and caring. We use the biblical teachings to support this through daily collective worship, as well as the Children's Partnership resources.
Pride: God shows immense Pride in his Creation in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis (1:31), where he 'he looked at all he had made, and he was very pleased.'
We invest in children and their self-esteem. We work hard to provide them with strategies to manage negativity and build their confidence and resilience. In class, you will see 3B4ME being used by the children to increase their resilience and confidence.
Perseverance: Noah showed immense perseverance and faith in building an ark and filling it to God's instruction. God was so pleased with his perseverance and recognised that he was the 'only one in all the world, who does what is right' ( Genesis 7:1)
We encourage our children to be self reflective and to not 'give up'. Children are encouraged to give it their all and learn from failure constructively.
Our PSHE programme across the school (at a glance):
Zippy's Friends (weekly)
Zippy's Friends (weekly)
PSHE Association Scheme
Pink resources and PSHE scheme (to include RSE)
PSHE Association Scheme
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Zippy’s Friends is a programme that helps young children - five, six & seven year olds - to develop coping and social skills. It is currently running in primary schools around the world.
The programme has been developed specifically for five to seven year-old children of all abilities. It teaches them how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them. It also encourages children to help other people with their problems.
Zippy’s Friends is based on extensive research and has been evaluated in many countries. It has also been endorsed by the World Health Organisation and national governments.
Apple’s Friends is a school-based programme which helps young children to develop coping and social skills. It is designed for 7-9 year olds and builds on the success of Zippy’s Friends, a similar programme for 5-7 year olds.
Further information on both of these programmes is available from the Children's Partnership website at: http://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/
Passport is a school-based social emotional learning programme for 9 – 11 year olds. The programme is taught to the whole class by teachers trained in Passport.
Passport was created by Professor Brian Mishara at the University of Quebec at Montreal, who was also involved in the development of Zippy’s Friends.
The programme is based on the same theory as Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends – the Concept of Coping – but looks quite different. Engaging comic strip stories follow the adventures of Olya and Milo as they discover a secret world of fantastical creatures in the company of their friend, Elly the dragon.
The 17 sessions are divided into five modules which cover:
- Difficult Situations
- Fairness, Justice and What is Right
- Change and Loss
Children develop their own positive strategies to deal with problems through engaging activities: reading the comic strips, discussion, role-play and games. They use the colourful game board to find as many solutions as possible. There are also Home Activities to reinforce learning at home with the family.
The evaluation found Passport improves children’s coping skills, social skills, emotional literacy, and academic skills.
As a part of our whole school cohesion in the curriculum, we adopt an enquiry focus each term, e.g. being sportsmen, gymnasts, athletes, historians, geographers, artists, musicians, linguists... We believe that this creates better connectivity between the subjects; making learning more relevant to the children so that they are inspired to 'reach for the stars' personally and as a school team.