Education equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. (PSHE Association 2014)
At Immanuel College Preparatory School we believe that the Personal, Social, Health, Emotional development of each child has a significant role in their ability to learn. We value the importance of PSHE in preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In addition we believe that a child needs to learn about the many emotional aspects of life and how to manage their own emotions. We are also aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of Safeguarding, promotes British Values and contributes to the Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural (SMSC) Education that the children receive across their time in the school. These themes are woven through all of our teaching and learning, from when the children enter Reception until they leave at the end of Year 6.
At I.C.P.S. we aim to help the children to:
- recognise their own self-worth
- develop confidences and responsibilities and make the most of their abilities
- develop self-confidence and self-esteem
- make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- develop a healthy, safe lifestyle with the ability to make appropriate risk assessments
- develop good relationships and respect the differences between people regardless of race, gender and mental and physical disability
- understand some basic principles of finances
- make a positive contribution to the life of the school and wider community
- develop independence and a willingness to “have-a-go”
All staff at I.C.P.S. take an active role in promoting pupil well-being through the taught and hidden curriculum, acting as positive role-models for the children, and supporting the children in their development into “whole, happy people”. During the academic year 2017-18 we underwent training in the Action for Happiness programme of Ten Keys to Happier Living which has been introduced to the children across the entire Prep School. G.R.E.A.T. D.R.E.A.M. is now being embedded in all we do, with specific year focus groups, such as Mindfulness in Year 3 and Resilience in Year 4.
Whilst we have key themes to guide our planning and provision at I.C.P.S. we recognise that flexibility is key to maximising the personal development of the children and therefore each teacher adapts the focus and pace of the sessions in accordance with the specific needs of their class.