PSHME in The Prep Department
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Welcome to Prep PSHME
PSHME is taught as a subject, but its core values are a reflection of the spiritual,
moral, social and cultural life that is part of the everyday experience in the Preparatory
Department. The success of the subject teaching, and the effect of the Prep Department’s
ethos, can be seen in the mature and reflective approach that children develop through
their time with us.
Aims and Curriculum
PSHME aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead
confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active, responsible citizens.
Pupils feel encouraged to contribute fully to the life of our whole School as well
as 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. A School
Governor is appointed to oversee the curriculum.
As they grow throughout their time in school, children are encouraged to become
more aware of themselves, their feelings and their responsibilities towards others,
acknowledging that others have their own feelings too. They become critically aware
of an appropriate variety of health issues and of their right to safety.
The key areas embraced by the Government guidance are key to each Year group’s programme
of work, namely: confidence and ability; citizenship; healthy lifestyle; relationships
The style of delivery is wide-ranging and includes circle time, drama, posters,
paired- and team-working, projects, games, rounds, visualisation, music and story.
Activities include classroom work, and a mixed programme of visits/visitors, involving
organisations such as Coastguard, RNLI, Fire Service, St John’s, children’s charities,
animal sanctuaries, local MP’s and many more.
Topics include: health, safety, bullying, diet, beaches, roads, being lost, break-ins,
friends, loneliness, strangers, assertiveness, persistence, election hustings, teamwork,
animals, medicines, fire and communicating.
Pupils are regularly challenged to self-assess their participation, understanding
and response to these issues. 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. They 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 communities outside School. 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.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Preparatory Department School Council and the CAB (Campaign Against Bullying)
scheme link with the themes developed throughout the PSHE programmes.
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