Personal and Social Education
At Southwark Park School we help all our children to develop socially and emotionally; being able to reflect on their own feelings and to respond supportively and with understanding to those of others underpins excellent relationships and behaviour for learning in school. It is also key to the success of restorative approaches that we use wherever possible to resolve conflict.
In the first week of the school year children work together in their classes to produce a charter of class rules, linking these with our core values of respect, responsibility and excellence. Every child in the class signs up to keep to this agreement.
All classes have two half-hour sessions of PSHE. We use a learning programme called PATHS Plus (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies). It develops children’s social and emotional learning, resilience and skills development. We are supported with training and very useful resources from the children’s charity, Barnardo’s.
These lessons look at five key areas:
- emotional understanding
- positive self-esteem
- inter-personal problem-solving skills.
Children learn to recognise and understand different sorts of feelings and emotions in themselves and in others, to solve problems in their dealings with others, to listen and communicate well and to manage their own behaviour. They learn through puppets, stories and discussion.
We follow up themes from PATHS in Assemblies.
(For more information see the PATHS parents’ handout - click HERE)
As part of the PATHS programme we also run weekly friendship groups for identified children throughout the school. Activities in these groups work on areas such as pretend play, self regulation, problem solving and working as a team.
We also offer social and emotional support to groups and individual children who need this in our Pupil Development Centre.
The school delivers teaching on Sex and Relationships Education, Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education, and has a lively PE scheme of work. For more details of these see our Curriculum and Policies sections.
Children learn about healthy eating, including cooking skills and food education throughout the school. We are in the process of developing our policy and scheme of work here. Look out for more information in the coming months.
The children learn about how to keep themselves safe through PATHs lessons. Anti-bullying activities, visits from Child-Line (with workshops and Assemblies for KS2 children), the Fire Service and the Dogs’ Trust, cycling training, road safety workshops, internet safety workshops for all children and citizenship training for Y6 children.
Roots of Empathy
This year we have begun to run a program called Roots of Empathy. This evidence-based program teaches children about feelings, their own feelings and the feelings of others. Please click here for more information.