Citizenship is the name given to the coverage of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) in our lessons. Citizenship forms the foundation of Harrodian’s commitment to educating the whole child, by helping each of them to lead confident, healthy and independent lives and be positive and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play an active role in contributing to the life of the School and the wider community.
During Circle Time, pupils are encouraged to take part in discussion and to develop their skills of communication and participation while also showing empathy and respect to others. Some of the topics covered include friendships/relationships, choices, diversity, rules, rights and responsibilities, people who help us, changes, setting objectives and going for goals. Discussions based around these subjects are often repeated on an annual basis and explored in more complexity and depth as the children get older.
We promote active citizenship by encouraging children to participate in a range of practical activities such as:
- Walk to School
- Safe-Walking and Scooter Safety training (run by the Safety Education Team at Richmond Council)
- Reading Buddies and peer mentoring
- School assemblies
- Local community events