Personal Development Learning (PDL)

At Mengham Junior School we believe that PDL is an integral part of the curriculum. We teach it in order to develop social, moral, cultural, spiritual (SMSC) and emotional aspects of learning, to encourage greater awareness of self and others and to promote key principles of health and safety.

PDL is taught across the school as a discrete subject usually through the 5 step circle time model. Alongside discrete lessons, key values are integral to our entire curriculum, such as discussion through English, reasoning through maths and social surveys through science, as well as foundation subjects, such as P.E, ICT and RE . This ensures that children’s SMSC development is widespread throughout our school curriculum. We welcome visitors and believe that they make a valuable contribution to bringing learning to life by sharing their knowledge and life experiences.

Each year group covers 6 units of work over the year (one per term). These are linked to the key themes of the Every Child Matters agenda, which are:

  • Staying safe
  • Being healthy
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Economic well being
  • Making a positive contribution

These themes are planned alongside the fundamental British Values, as recommended by Department for Education, which are:

Democracy, Rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and tolerance

Bullying, drugs, smoking, alcohol and sex and relationship education (SRE) are well planned and sensitively taught through discussion, drama and role play as well as paired and group work. Parents are notified of the content of this part of the curriculum in advance so that they can support their child’s SRE development.

Through PSHE, circle time and regular meetings with the School Learning Council we endeavour to recognise and value the vital importance of children’s views and their contribution to helping Mengham Junior School thrive.

  • For those children who need extra support with regard to their personal and social development we have nurture groups and an extremely experienced ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who runs many interventions with the children tailored to their individual needs.

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Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Settling in

Class Charter

make a positive contribution

Focus on feelings

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

 

Making and Keeping friends

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

Keeping safe in school

SRE

be healthy

stay safe

In someone else’s shoes

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

People and their work

make a positive contribution

economic well being

Year 4

Feeling good

Class Charter

make a positive contribution

Keeping healthy

be healthy

Changing relationships (SRE)

make a positive contribution

stay safe

Keeping safe outside school

be healthy

stay safe

Money, savings & value for money

economic well being

 

Looking ahead

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

Year 5

Who decides?

Class Charter

make a positive contribution

It’s my body

SRE and drugs education

be healthy

stay safe

We’re all different

make a positive contribution

 

Risks and pressures

SRE and drugs education

make a positive contribution

be healthy

stay safe

Me and my community

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

 

Looking at the world

make a positive contribution

 

Year 6

Rights, responsibilities and the law

Class Charter

make a positive contribution

 

Managing conflict

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

stay safe

The world of work

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve

economic well being

Taking responsibility for my own safety

Drugs education

be healthy

stay safe

Changing relationships

SRE

be healthy

stay safe

Transition and managing change

make a positive contribution

enjoy and achieve