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SEAL & PSHE at Rushmore

Health and Well Being Lead: Eileen McEwan

At Rushmore this year we have combined SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and PSHE to create a broader curriculum which enables children to become engaged, independent, creative and critical thinkers. We firmly believe that the factors holding back learning in their setting include children’s difficulties in understanding and managing their feelings, working co-operatively in groups, motivating themselves and demonstrating resilience in the face of setbacks.

Through weekly class assemblies, as well as Monday whole phase assemblies and as a general pedagogical approach, SEAL focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Included in the SEAL curriculum are the Rushmore Resolutions:

  • We are positive, honest and appreciative
  • We listen to each other and consider other’s feelings
  • We move around the school calmly, quietly and safely
  • We take care of each other and look after our school
  • We take pride in our learning and achieve our best
  • We treat each other we politeness and respect

 We also have a Word of the Week focus which includes: “Brave”, “Calm”, “New Beginnings”, “Solutions”, and “Welcome”.

The JIGSAW PROGRAMME

Working alongside this we have the JIGSAW programme, a new initiative which mirrors many values taught through SEAL.

Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE, it is an original and comprehensive scheme of work, which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with an emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development and mindfulness. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in the ever-changing world.

Parents and carers can benefit from the ideas behind SEAL and JIGSAW and some may find the strategies and activities provide useful ways to communicate with their child. In fact, many parents have found that SEAL and Jigsaw have given them access to whole new areas of their child's personal, social and emotional life, and helped reinforce a close relationship.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) has been identified at Rushmore as a key focus to enable children to become engaged, independent, creative and critical thinkers. We firmly believe that the factors holding back learning in their setting include children’s difficulties in understanding and managing their feelings, working co-operatively in groups, motivating themselves and demonstrating resilience in the face of setbacks.

Through weekly class assemblies, as well as Monday whole phase assemblies and as a general pedagogical approach, SEAL focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.

SEAL is not exclusively dealing with the pupils in the school, but rather extends out to staff, parents, carers and the local community. Parents and carers can benefit from the ideas behind SEAL and some find the strategies and activities useful ways to communicate with their child. In fact, many parents have found that SEAL has given them access to whole new areas of their child's personal, social and emotional life, and helped reinforce a close relationship.

Included in the SEAL curriculum are the current Rushmore resolutions: “We are positive, honest and appreciative”; “We listen to each other and consider other’s feelings”; “We move around the school calmly, quietly and safely”; “We take care of each other and look after our school”; “We take pride in our learning and achieve our best”; “We treat each other we politeness and respect”. We also have a Word of the Week which includes: “Brave”, “Calm”, “New Beginnings”, “Solutions”, and “Welcome”.