Mrs Katie Thomas
Learning Personal Social Development helps all pupils develop as individuals in a wider society. Pupils learn to understand themselves physically, emotionally, socially and sexually and to understand their relationships with others. In particular, personal social development offers pupils with learning difficulties opportunities to:-
*Make choices and decisions *Develop personal autonomy by having a degree of responsibility and control over their lives *Make a difference or make changes by their individual or collective action *Find out that there are different viewpoints which lead to a respect for the opinions of others.
In response to these opportunites, pupils can make progress in Personal Social Development (PSD) by:-
*Moving from contact with others in class and school to community involvement *Developing greater control and choice *Adapting to change as they grow and develop, physically and emotionally *Moving from the personal to a wider perspective (in terms of the range of relationships and viewpoints, and consideration of other people’s point of view *Moving from an immediate time perspective to thinking about the future and reflecting on the past, for example, how tackling things differently could lead to different outcomes.
During PSD lessons we use a range of teaching and leaning styles. We place emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, investigations and problem solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, eg. Charity fundraising, the planning of school special events such as an assembly or open evening, or involvement in an activity to help other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behaviour. We offer pupils the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police, information agencies and representatives from local churches, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.