At Parklands we follow the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme. The SEAL resource provides a set of learning opportunities designed to help pupils develop the social, emotional and behavioural skills that we want them to possess when they leave. It is an explicit, structured, whole-curriculum framework and resources for developing the skills of all pupils, which is incorporated into the curriculum. The delivery of SEAL is a spiral which means each year pupils revisit the themes to consolidate learning.

The seven areas of SEAL that are covered are;

New beginnings – Pupils are given opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within a community, and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. Throughout the theme, pupils explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness.

Getting on and falling out – Pupils develop the social skills of friendship, working well together in a group, managing anger and resolving conflict.

Good to be me – Pupils develop self-awareness and it helps them to realise that it really is ‘Good to be me’. The theme is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses as learners.

Going for Goals – Pupils focus on motivation. The theme provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively.

Relationships – Pupils explore feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends.

Changes – It aims to equip pupils with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The theme seeks to develop pupils’s ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change.

Say No to Bullying – Pupils are taught what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how pupils can use their social, emotional and behavioural skills to tackle this crucial problem. This theme is normally taught during anti-bullying week.

Each SEAL theme is introduced at the beginning of the half term in a separate KS1 and KS2 assembly. At the end of each theme we have a celebratory assembly; this allows each class to share what they have learnt with others in the school.

At Parklands we have a whole school approach to SEAL. It is taught weekly within class by the class teachers, but is reinforced with all staff including teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors, and office staff. Parents are informed of what SEAL topic is being taught through the Hedgehog Herald.

Mrs Cody runs Social Skills groups linked to each SEAL theme that allows pupils to develop the skills they have learnt in class.

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