Personal Development (P.D.) is a subject that is considered to be at the heart of our school. It encourages promotes, adopts and embeds a range of skills that allow children to be life-long learners, which is part of our school’s vision.
Personal Development is perhaps the most important part of our curriculum as we support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PD education develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PD prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.
Our PD education is part of a whole school approach which promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. PD education contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.
P.D. is a subject that deals with personal, social, emotional and health issues but it also upholds all our school’s I CAN values as well as the children’s rights; we are a GOLD Rights-Respecting School with the support of UNICEF. Showing respect, team work, an aspiring attitude and being spirited is all a part of being successful and Personal Development threads itself through everything we teach, explore and value at Lyme. P.D. is not a subject that is taught in isolation as it entwines itself in everything we learn and do at school.
Skills We Learn
Always in an age appropriate way, we help the children manage their lives, now and in the future, and help them to learn every-day, essential, life skills, including:
• The development of self-understanding, empathy and healthy, productive relationships
• Relationships Education
• Eating healthily
• Keeping safe on the road
• How to stay safe on the internet
• The promotion of good mental health
In keeping with our School ethos, the children are encouraged, and frequently reminded, to speak to a trusted adult when they have any concerns or worries.
Throughout the school year, we are fortunate to have various visitors to help bring our PD curriculum to life, including visits from or visits to:
- The Police
- The Fire Service
- A dental health advisor
- Crucial Crew
- St Helens Chamber
Another important aspect covered by PD is anti-bullying. The negative effects of bullying can have an impact on a person for their entire life. Lyme Community Primary School promotes an environment free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behaviour.
Our aims include:
• Ensuring all members of the school community has an understanding of what bullying is.
• Creating an atmosphere and environment where children, parents and staff feel able to tell the school about bullying if it arises and are confident it will be taken seriously and dealt with.
• To put in place clear procedures for dealing with incidents of bullying.
For further information, please read our Anti-Bullying Policy