At the Rosary all pupils follow the SEAL programme of study (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). SEAL aims to develop the qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning within our school. It has five main focuses; self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. We use a variety of resources to teach the children these skills, such as video clips, photographs, stories and SEAL based games along with regular circle time activities.
We believe the materials we use help the children to develop skills which may be invaluable to the children in their future lives such as; understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, persevering when times may be difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries.
The units we teach are organised into seven themes: New Beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying, Going for goals!, Good to be me, Relationships and Changes. SEAL is allocated half an hour every week and the children are taught a separate SEAL topic each half term. Each theme is introduced with a whole school assembly and followed up in class. At the end of each unit, the children are given an opportunity to complete a self-assessment sheet which helps the children to identify areas they have excelled at and skills they have learnt.
For the delivery of PSHE requirements, we recognise that Religious Education and all the National Curriculum subjects are suitable vehicles for delivering PSHE and Citizenship objectives. Sometimes, for example when dealing with issues in drugs education, we teach PSHE and Citizenship as discrete subject (through the Life Bus and ‘All that I Am’ scheme of work.) On other occasions we introduce PSHE and Citizenship topics taught within other subjects; for example, teaching about keeping healthy is covered as part of our Science curriculum. The school makes thorough use of the SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme.