At Pashley, we strongly believe in helping children cultivate a sense of society, tolerance and collaboration that will tackle prejudice and foster a longstanding commitment to equality. We want children to feel positive about themselves, and we aim to teach them to understand their world, in both the large and small senses of the word. We also help children to interact positively with those around them, to understand all the differences that make us unique, and to celebrate our shared history.
As part of this we promote the core British values of democracy, justice, freedom and mutual respect. These values can only be arrived at through mutual exploration and understanding – by helping our children to understand how things work but also how to challenge and change things for the better.
PSHE at Pashley is taught alongside our school values:
These values are what we pride ourselves on as a school and helps support children to become better citizens in the Pashley community and but also in the wider world. These values are referred to throughout the school and the academic year but with a specific focus on one value per term.
These values have been made child-friendly through the introduction of animal characters that bring each value to life: The Kindness Koala, The Positivity Panda, The Equality Elephant, The Honesty Otter, The Responsibility Rhino and The Perseverance Penguin. The children love these characters and enjoy being able to take them to their classroom and home to celebrate their achievements.
Alongside our PSHE lessons we teach the children philosophy (P4C). These lessons teach children to be deeper thinking, listening to others and learning to respect differing views and opinions. The children really enjoy these ‘thinking’ lessons and they often surprise us with their sensitivity and understanding. We also believe that this opportunity to teach children to disagree respectfully is a very important life skill.
“The aim of a thinking skills programme such as P4C is not to turn children into philosophers or decision-makers, but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reasonable individuals”
Mathew Lipman (1924-2012)