Citizenship and PHSE activities promote pupil participation. The activities set up by the different teachers in our school enable children to begin to develop the skills of participation and responsible action that they will need as they prepare to play an active role as citizens. The activities can either take place in the classroom, in the school or in the wider community (or a mixture of these locations). Various aspects of knowledge, skills and understanding in the PSHE (Personal, social, health and education) and citizenship framework for key stages 1 and 2 are covered.
At the beginning of the year, children in each class discuss and agree on class rules to create a pleasant classroom environment. The rules are displayed and can be added to or amended as work in citizenship progresses. The school monitor system develops a range of monitoring responsibilities throughout the school for younger and older children alike. These evolve from the classroom (milk, paper bin, book, cloakroom) through to whole-school areas, for example lunchtime office monitors, lunchtime helpers, playground buddies (mainly year 5 children) and PALs (play at lunchtimes).
Individual children also demonstrate their talents to the class or to the school through show and tell and assemblies. The presentations of certificates, medals or other awards are usually shared during school assemblies on Mondays and Fridays. Drama, music and dance are performed regularly throughout the year. The SEAL scheme of work has been introduced within the school and children take part in themed weeks such as ‘good manners week’, ‘lunchtime behaviour week’, ‘playground week’ ‘listening week’, ‘anti-bullying week’ and ‘different faith week’ to highlight specific issues. Older children introduce the themes in assemblies and take responsibility for supporting younger children in maintaining the theme.
Moreover, children engage in the life and the organization of the school by taking part in school councils (2 members of each class in the juniors). Class councils provide an opportunity for all children to take part in consultation and decision-making activities, during which they learn about the democratic process and see the effect of their involvement. Class councils address class, year-group or whole-school issues. The council can commission action teams to involve more children in the class. Finally children can work with children from different schools or members of the wider community by taking part in activities that offer support and opportunities for mutual learning and joint working. Children in Year 1 this year are visiting The Red Marsh school weekly and get involved in music lessons.