PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) at Bevington is embedded into every-day school life, as well as being explored in weekly lessons. Lessons are discussion driven, with children exploring themes related to staying healthy and safe, healthy relationships and living in the wider world. Children are encouraged to share their views, as well as responding to and questioning the views of others, helping to develop their confidence and understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Within PSHE we learn about political advocacy through research, debates and modelling some core principles such as democracy which can be seen on display daily in the classroom and when electing our school council representatives.
Our Bevington values are embedded in every PSHE lesson, as well as being explored in weekly assemblies; they are at the centre of everything that we do at Bevington.
Our three key values, chosen by children, parents and staff are Respect, Positivity and Humour.
For more information please visit our Values Page.
We implement the MindUP approach to teaching pupils about their feelings, emotions and actions. Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion. All staff model the language and ethos of MindUp throughout the day, in all aspects of school life.
MindUP is integrated into our PSHE curriculum, and children learn about the different parts of the brain and the link between these and their emotions and feelings, alongside mindful behaviours including mindful listening, looking and tasting. To complement this curriculum, we practice three ‘brain breaks’ a day. During this time, children close their eyes, a chime is sounded, and a script is read aloud. Pupils focus on their breathing, giving them a tool to help them to regulate their stress and emotions through regulating their physiology, and activating the attentional regions of the brain. All classrooms have a designated MindUp area, complete with MindUp images and resources. This is a place where children can signpost themselves to throughout the day if they feel they need to calm and regulate themselves. The MindUp area is used as a positive space for pupils to self-regulate. This space is not a sanction for pupils and is a calm space that can be used throughout the school day.
To find out more about Mind Up please visit their website on the link below:
Zones of Regulation
We prioritise the well-being of our children as we understand that this is an aspect that can greatly impact a pupil’s attention, focus and desire to learn within the classroom. As such, we use the Zones of Regulation within our PSHE curriculum. The four zones are displayed in each classroom by the MindUp areas and are explained to the pupils through PSHE lessons and referenced during conversations. Our aim is to encourage our pupils to take notice of the emotion that they are feeling and be prepared with strategies to regulate themselves. Each term, pupils are taught a calming breathing technique which will empower them with strategies to recognise and manage their feelings and emotions.
Zones of Regulation supports our pupils with the following:
• Recognise when they are in each of the zones and learn how to stay or change their zone.
• Increase their emotional vocabulary so that they are able to explain how they are feeling.
• Understand when others are in other zones and develop their sense of empathy.
• Develop an insight into what might make them move into another zone.
• Identify that emotions or sensory experiences, such as a lack of sleep or hunger and their environment, might influence the zone that they are in.
• Develop problem-solving skills and resilience.
• Have a range of calming techniques that support them and form their own emotional ‘toolkit’.
For more detailed information about our PSHE curriculum, please see our Curriculum Map below: