At Romans Field, we recognise that our students require support and guidance in social and emotional aspects of learning.  As a result, pupils are taught on a daily basis about these social and emotional aspects, which helps the pupils to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. This is achieved through daily circle time sessions, PSHE lessons, SEAL lessons (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), and through the daily support and guidance our staff offer the children. Pupils learn how to:

  • Have a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

  • Relate to others and maintain good relationships.

  • Become increasingly independent and able to take the initiative.

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Take managed risks and stay safe.

  • Try new things and make the most of opportunities, no matter how daunting they initially seem.

  • Have a sense of optimism about their lives and the future.

  • Develop personal values and attributes such as honesty, empathy and respect for others.

All of our pupils at Romans Field are being prepared for not only the next stage in their education, but for their adult life where they will become responsible citizens, who make a positive contribution to society. Pupils:

  • Are prepared for their role as a family member and in their community.

  • Explore their own values and beliefs, and the principles to distinguish right from wrong.

  • Learn about their own and others’ cultures and traditions within British Heritage, and have a sense of their own place in the world.

  • Learn how to cooperate with others.

  • Appreciate diversity.

  • Sustain and improve the environment, locally and globally.

The SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) program

This curriculum resource aims to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning. It focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. 
The materials help children develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries. The SEAL curriculum is organised into seven themes: New Beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying, Going for goals!, Good to be me, Relationships and Changes. Each theme is designed for a whole-school approach and includes a whole-school assembly and suggested follow-up activities in all areas of the curriculum. 

Year Overview

Theme 1: New beginnings

This theme focuses on developing children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in four key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation. 
The theme offers children the opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within their community and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. Throughout the theme, children explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness, and learn shared models for ‘calming down’ and ‘problem solving’. 

Theme 2: Getting on and falling out

This theme focuses on developing children's knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills. 
Each colour-coded set is organised around developing the ethos of the classroom – extending the work of 'Theme 1: New beginnings' on cooperation and valuing diversity, and focusing on four key content areas: developing the social skills of friendship, working well together in a group, managing anger and resolving conflict. 

Theme 3: Say no to bullying

This theme aims to develop and revisit four of the key social and emotional aspects of learning covered in previous themes through a focus on bullying – what it is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can use their social, emotional and behavioural skills to tackle this crucial problem. The four aspects of learning in which knowledge, skills and understanding are developed are self-awareness, empathy, managing feelings and social skills. 
The theme is structured differently from previous themes. It is intended that the work will take place over a period of a week or so – perhaps to fit in with the national anti-bullying week in November – and that, during this period, work in each subject area will be focused on the aims of the 'Say no to bullying' theme, as well as subject-related objectives. The week will then culminate in a celebration assembly, to which parents and carers are invited. 

Theme 4: Going for goals!

This theme focuses primarily on the key aspect of motivation, with a subsidiary focus on self-awareness. It gives an important opportunity for all children’s abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued. 
The Going for goals theme provides opportunities for children to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively. 
Each set of activities focuses on the underlying prerequisites for successful goal-directed learning and behaviour: for example, taking responsibility and building feelings of confidence and self-efficacy – the belief that what you do makes a difference. 
Goal-directed behaviour is only valuable if we are able to make wise and balanced choices about our goals, so this theme provides opportunities for children to consider this and to practise problem-solving strategies. 

Theme 5: Good to be me

This theme is the first of two focusing specifically on feelings. It explores feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child 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. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. The theme focuses on: 

  • understanding feelings, and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious;

  • self-awareness – feeling good about myself, taking risks;

  • managing my feelings – relaxing, coping with anxiety;

  • standing up for myself – assertiveness, standing up for my views.

  • Theme 6: Relationships

This theme is the second of two focusing specifically on feelings. It explores feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends. The theme aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. 
In addition, there is a focus throughout the theme on helping children understand the feelings associated with an experience that we all need to cope with at some time: that of loss – whether of a favourite possession, a friend, a family home or a loved one. 

Theme 7: Changes

This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. 
The theme seeks to develop children's ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings.

What will my child learn about and when?

The following table shows when in the school year each theme is taught. This is a whole school approach, so all year groups will be learning about the same theme, appropriate to their age. 

  Theme Number & Time of Year

      Theme Title

  Key Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning Addressed

        1. September / October

   New Beginnings

  • Empathy
  • Self Awareness
  • Motivation
  • Social Skills

        2. November / December

   Getting on & Falling Out

  • Managing Feelings
  • Empathy
  • Social Skills

        3. One to Two Weeks in November to Coincide                with National Anti-bullying Week

   Say NO to Bullying

  • Empathy
  • Self-Awareness
  • Social Skills

        4. January / February

   Going for Goals!

  • Motivation
  • Self-Awareness

        5. February / March

   Good to be Me

  • Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feelings
  • Empathy

        6. March / April

   Relationships

  • Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feelings
  • Empathy

        7. June / July

   Changes

  • Motivation
  • Social Skills
  • Managing Feelings