Citizenship is the name given to the coverage of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) in our lessons during Circle Time. This is a designated time when pupils are encouraged to take part in discussion and to develop their skills of communication and participation whilst 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.
PSHE and Citizenship aim to help our children lead confident, healthy and independent lives and to be responsible and positive members of the community. Putting this into action involves organising a number of activities for the children that help boost their confidence and promote active citizenship. Examples of these are:
- Weekly ‘Golden Book’ assembly where two pupils from every class are celebrated. Each child is awarded once every term. Their names are written down in the ‘Golden Book’ and they are presented with certificates on stage by the Headmaster to reward attitude, effort, and behaviour.
- Charity fundraising activities such as, ‘Walk to School' initiatives, peer mentoring (Reading Buddies), school assemblies and local community events.
- A range of talks delivered by external speakers are organised for both pupils and/or parents. They help address wider issues like personal safety (Local Police), crossing roads and riding scooters safely (Richmond Council), E-safety (Richmond Council), and parenting advice.
- We also invite parents to talk to our children about their different careers and varied life experiences.