Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is central to our ethos at Middleton. This is taught as a separate lesson in Key Stages one and two, as well as being covered through other subject areas in a cross-curricular approach. Years one to six follow the Cambridgeshire Scheme of work, which covers the four main themes of Myself and my relationships, Healthy and safer lifestyles, Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing. In the Early Years, Personal, Social and Emotional Development is a prime area of learning and is divided into three strands, Making Relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness and Managing feelings and behaviour. Additionally, PSED is covered as a part of Health and Self-care within the area of Physical Development.
Teachers make links with other subject areas and incorporate PSHE into their daily lessons and provision. The children also have the opportunity to work with external agencies and companies to support areas of PSHE. For example, the children in year six participated in a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ work shop in the Autumn term.
Key Stage one and the Early Years use ‘Circle Time’ to explore different issues relating to the main topic areas within a safe and comfortable atmosphere of open discussion. Puppets are often used as a teaching aid and time is given to allow each child to speak in turn. In Key Stage two an open discussion forum is used with the children to allow for questions to be asked and opinions to be expressed without judgement. We encourage tolerance at Middleton and a mutual respect for the differences between us all.
PSHE is used as motivational tool within our school behaviour policy and reward system. The Early Years and Key Stages one and two participate in the MIDpoints reward system, where we celebrate the winning colour team each week in whole school assemblies. At the end of a half term, the team with the most points is rewarded with a special MIDpoint treat day, which is organised by the MIDshare committee.
The children also have weekly Celebration assemblies, where a child from each class is nominated by their teacher for a special award.
This is marked in celebration assembly that week and parents/carers are invited in to share the moment with their child.
Middleton school uses the ‘Golden Rules’ and these are central to our whole school behaviour policy. The children understand these rules and are encouraged to follow them in the choices they make regarding their behaviour and attitude. The Golden Rules are:
- We are gentle – We do not hurt others
- We listen – We do not interrupt
- We are honest – We do not cover up the truth
- We are kind and helpful - We do not hurt anybody’s feelings
- We look after property – We do not damage things
- We work hard – We do not waste time
The children work to earn ‘Golden Time’ on a Friday afternoon, where they will participate in a reward activity for up to 30 minutes. This time is used to celebrate and reward the children’s positive behaviour and achievements, as well as building upon relationships with class teachers and support staff.
In addition, Middleton promotes the children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) through the WOW! Focus every two weeks. This is linked to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and the themes for the WOW! are taken directly from this curriculum guidance. The children receive special WOW! tickets for displaying positive behaviours relating to the WOW! theme for that fortnight. This is introduced to the children in whole school assembly time with Mrs McDermott and celebrated regularly in weekly Key Stage Celebration Assemblies.
This year, the government has placed an emphasis on promoting the core ‘British Values’ as part of a broad and balanced curriculum in all schools. The values are defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Middleton we aim to explore these values with our children and develop their understanding of how they can make a positive contribution to society. Work on the British Values will be embedded in our approach to promoting and enhancing the children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.