In PSHEE, children learn about a range of charities who support people who are suffering. We also believe in taking responsibility for the wider community, exercising our individual liberty by deciding on which organisations need our support throughout the year and then creating fund-raising events to benefit charities such as:

  • Jeans for genes
  • Sport Relief
  • Children in Need
  • Sponsored events to help support our partner school in Malawi.

The children’s passion and enthusiasm for change can be infectious and they have shown that their dedication to a cause is all that is needed to make a big difference. Indeed, our various collections of clothing, food and money are often overwhelming, helping the Salvation Army and homeless charities.

Healthy minds exist in conjunction with a healthy body and as such we include ten minutes of fruit and milk time before break, each day, in every year group. Through physical play, PE and PSHEE lessons and residential trips around the country, children are also taught how to safely manage risk.

We promote an open mind to challenges, whether this is during lessons or solving problems outside of the classroom. Maths, Book or Science Week also give the children an opportunity to delve into subjects, exploring these areas in new and interesting ways, thus creating a love of learning.

One way of helping children to explore their thoughts and emotions has been through the introduction of mindfulness at Essendene. Teachers have the resources needed to teach their pupils the importance of taking a moment during the day to stop, reflect and enjoy the moment. This is especially helpful between break or lunch time and lessons, as it helps the children get into the right frame of mind for learning.

Through weekly assemblies, visitors, RE and PSHEE lessons and focus days such as Chinese New Year and Diwali, we also learn about and celebrate different religious festivals. These are moments to really enjoy and appreciate how our differences are what make us so special as a race, shaping our heritage.