The Life Skills (PSHE) curriculum helps to give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead confident, emotionally and physically healthy and independent lives. We fully appreciate the important part we play in developing well-rounded individuals, who not only understand the functions of democracy, tolerance and opportunity, but who also recognise their value.
In the Early Years, we believe successful personal, social and emotional development is critical for very young children in all aspects of their lives and gives them the best opportunity for success in all other areas of learning.
Throughout Pre-Prep, we aim to help each child develop a positive sense of themselves, establishing constructive relationships with children and adults alike. We find plenty of opportunities to give positive praise.
Pupils at Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep are actively encouraged to become involved in school life and the wider community. In the Prep department, they take part in the voting process to choose the Head Boy, Prefects and House Captains. House Captains are also appointed in Year 2 and, from their earliest days in school, our youngest pupils relish taking on the role of Break-time Helper.
The School Council is an important element of our school and all pupils from Reception – Year 6 are invited to produce a manifesto if they wish to stand as a representative. This body meets regularly and works hard to make positive contributions to the everyday life of the School. In Year 5 boys may also apply to become Junior Safety Officers. These boys actively promote safe and sustainable methods of coming to school to pupils, parents, staff and our neighbours.
Talks and assemblies enhance the pupils understanding and awareness of issues such as Cyber Safety, Healthy Eating and Personal Safety.
Boys in Year 6 follow a dedicated Citizenship Programme after completing their 11+ examinations. Regular features of this include:
- Cycling Proficiency
- Junior Citizen morning, run by Richmond Borough Council
- Moving on to senior schools
- Self defence instruction
- First aid awareness
- Cookery and healthy eating as a life skill
- Visit to Sutton Life Centre to consider challenges that they will face in their teenage years
- Visits to different places of worship (Mosque, Synagogue, Gurdwara, Hindu Temple) to foster understanding and respect for other religions
- Study of democracy and the British Parliamentary System, reinforced by a visit to the Houses of Parliament.