PSHE NEWS 2020/2021
'Break the Mould' day - November 27th 2020.
At Whitehouse, we are committed to ensuring that all the children’s rights contained in the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of Children, are upheld and respected in our setting.
As part of our Rights Respecting School journey, promoting equality and respecting diversity in school, as well as beyond, has been identified as one of our top priorities this year. With this in mind, a special day was organised on Friday 27th November to enable all our children to celebrate the achievements of people in the public eye, to become more aware of differences between people and to develop a non-judgemental attitude towards them.
The aim of the day was also to give pupils the confidence to be themselves even if that meant being different and to provide them with the courage and perseverance to overcome obstacles they might face on their way to becoming who they are. Each year group has to provide pupils with lessons to raise awareness of 3-4 ‘Protected Characteristics’ as contained in the Equality Act 2013 which our school is bound to comply with by law. As part of the day, all children learnt to use British Sign Language. Please see the link to the song everyone signed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z4U-ldoIe0
We are thinking of all our families at this very challenging time for us all due to the spread of the Coronavirus. We hope that you are all keeping well and following the Government advice on staying safe. The Government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus provides information on how you can protect yourselves from this virus and also useful guidance on financial matters and a range of other issues that may be of concern to you
Discussing Coronavirus in PSHE lessons.
Teaching about hygiene routines, how bacteria and viruses affect health and recognising illness is a part of the Health Education aspect of PSHE education at all key stages. At the beginning of this school year all classes have had a number of lessons and remote assemblies in this area. From what Corona virus is to how to wash our hands properly. We have all discussed how Corona virus and its affects can make us feel emotionally. Regardless of their age, this can be a difficult time for children. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress.
From September 2020, the Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE education became compulsory in all schools. Prior to this, the Department of Education statutory guidance in this area was last released 20 years ago in 2000. In recognition that the world has moved on significantly during the intervening years, and in response to mounting pressure for change, the government agreed to revise the guidance and ensure the curriculum taught in all schools across England was fit for purpose and prepared pupils for life in the modern world.