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PSHE could be fundamental to people’s physical and mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Many of the subjects dominating the newsfeeds and timelines concerns subjects that were studied during PSHE lessons in primary and secondary school.

But what can we learn from PSHE during isolation? How can our learning help you pass the time and maintain your mental health. This blog post explains.

Topic 1: Health and Wellbeing

Across all levels we learn about what keeping healthy means. The subject teaches us different ways to keep healthy, explaining how physical activity can stay healthy and the different ways to keep fit – an essential in the current circumstances.

We also learn about hygiene and how to stop germs from spreading – advice including remembering to wash hands

Topic 2: Mental Wellbeing

Learning objectives for PSHE lessons include ‘how to recognise what other people might be feeling’, ‘ways of sharing feelings’, ‘the importance of taking care of mental health’ and ‘to recognise warning signs about mental health’.

All of the above are important at this time. It is important that we stay connected with people, recognise how they are feeling and where possible lift their spirits. For more mental health tips click here.

Topic 3: Learning about Ourselves

The ourselves section of PSHE involves several topics which may be useful. ‘Identify what they are good at’ is essential for managing boredom caused by isolation. ‘How to manage when finding things difficult’ is ideal for managing your emotions and stresses during this period.

Topic 4: Keeping Safe

There is a section in PSHE about ‘How to keep safe at home’, this is especially crucial during times where increased numbers of the family are at home, electrical hazards are increasingly important, and with everything that is going happening knowing how to get help in an emergency important.

This section also included information on keeping personal information private, and strategies for staying safe online. This is increasingly important for children who are now using the internet for their studies.

Topic 5: Safeguarding

This section of PSHE covers elements such as knowing that it is important to tell someone if something in your family makes you upset or worried. It is includes how to recognise if family relationships are making you feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek advice.

This can be essential at the present time and can be essential to how schools manage the online learning process.

It is also features the risks of communicating online with others.

Topic 6: Hurtful behaviour and bullying

Being mindful of things online is crucial, especially when you cannot see how the other person is reacting. This also includes to importance of reporting bullying that may occur.

Topic 7: Community

Community taught us about the different roles of people in the community. It is crucial to know and understand the difference between people in the world and how attitudes can influence each other.

Topic 8: The role of the media

PSHE also teaches us about the role of the media. The broadcasters have played a pivotal role in spreading the word about the current situation to keep many people safe. However, PSHE also explains how the media and social media can be used negatively, to spread rumour and extremist views.

Topic 9: Money

PSHE teaches us about money. It explains that people do not always have the things they want. This is topical if children are comparing themselves to one another at times of economic uncertainty.

It explains that people’s spending decisions can affect others in the environment.

How can EDArcade help?

For more information on the PSHE curriculum click here.

EDArcade is here to help teach tough PSHE topics in a fun and engaging manner. Our games-based learning platform tackles topics such as British Values, Bullying and Extremism. We also have games on mental health and wellbeing here.

Junk Food Dodge: This games helps you maintain a healthy diet by selecting healthy food choices against unhealthy food choices to make sure you get out of school on time.

Bin It: In this game positive and negative phrases are given to the player, and they must choose whether to treasure them or bin them. The aim of the game is therefore to teach the player the benefits of using positive words over negative ones. 

For more information on PSHE games click here.

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