Subject Leader: Ms Claire Davies
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught to enable pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. At Meadlands we follow a whole school approach delivered by the PATHS® Social and Emotional Learning Programme which empowers pupils to make positive life choices. Additionally, pupils are provided with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need to reach their full potential, and this is done through lessons which are suited to the needs of each class. Pupils are encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They are taught how society is organised and governed and experience the process of democracy in school through the school Junior Leadership Team. Furthermore, we teach them about rights and responsibilities and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a multicultural society.
The PATHS® curriculum follows a systematic developmental procedure for enhancing social competence, self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem solving skills. All teachers and support staff have been trained in PATHS® and pupils from Nursery to Year 6 receive weekly lessons. The programme is also integrated into the wider ethos of the school.
The aims of the PSHE/PATHS® curriculum at Meadlands include:
Teaching and Learning
PATHS® is taught weekly, in every year group and in line with the structure and lesson sequence set out in the PATHS® class manuals. Each class is provided with a range of age appropriate resources to support the curriculum and the teaching of each lesson. In addition, a range of teaching and learning styles are used with emphasis placed on active learning, involving the pupils in discussions, investigations and problem solving activities. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of practical activities which promote citizenship. During the year, all pupils are given opportunities to be involved in charity fundraising, emphasising the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. Visiting speakers, such as health workers, police, fire fighters, NSPCC, are invited into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.