PSE / Circle Time

Personal, Social Education (PSE) helps give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. 

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so, they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. 

Pupils also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities rights and duties as individuals and members of society. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

At Peponi House Preparatory School PSE is delivered within a whole school approach which includes:

Through pastoral care and guidance by all staff and when necessary from our School Councillor.
In the Junior Department, one lesson a week is set aside for PSE and Circle Time. In the Senior Department, two lessons are set aside; one for Study Skills and one for PSE. These lessons are led by the Form Teachers.

In addition, we teach PSE through other subjects areas.
Wherever possible there is a ‘cross-curricular’ section within a subject. This will invariably include references to PSE. Examples of possible links include:

  • English: skills in enquiry and communication, stories that illustrate aspects of personal and social development.
  • Mathematics: aspects of financial capability, counting and sharing.
  • Science: (including medicines), sex, health, safety and the environment.
  • Design & Technology: health and safety, healthy eating, realising that people have needs as they generate design ideas, use of technology.
  • Computing: communicating with others via e-mail, finding information on the internet and checking its relevance.
  • History: use of sources, reasons for and results of historical events, situations and changes, diversity within societies studied, significant people, events, ideas and experiences of people from the past.
  • Geography: topical issues concerning environment, sustainable development, land use, study of pupils' own locality and places in different parts of the world.
  • Art and Design: reflecting on and responding to ideas and experiences communicated through works of art, craft and design from different times and cultures.
  • Music: making the most of abilities in playing or singing, issues of cultural diversity, their value and their expression.
  • Physical Education: teaching and learning about health and safety, development of personal and social skills through team and individual activities, games and sports.
  • RS: religious and moral beliefs, values and practices that underpin and influence personal and social issues and relationships.

The PTA is actively involved in promoting fund-raising activities. Each year group is assigned a particular charity, so that the children can learn about that charity, fundraise for the charity and be given an opportunity to either visit the charity or invite a guest to the school to talk about the charity.