Socialisation is a key element of supporting student development regardless of age. Without social interactions, children are unable to build the relationship skills needed to learn and thrive. Children learn new ideas, values and beliefs through quality interactions and also learn to understand what is expected of them and learn to value the importance of their thoughts of feelings and those of others.
Due to the current period of virtual school (VSE) learning, opportunities to develop this capability could become scarce, impacting student wellbeing. The sense of connection and belonging is one that we aim to nurture at BSY, ensuring student wellbeing is a high priority within the virtual classroom. This is promoted in several ways.
Early Years students already have personal, social and emotional development (PSED) activities embedded within their day. They have live sessions where topics include: kindness, helping others, what do we like about ourselves, what we can do with our emotions and how to build relationships. This enables our youngest students to articulate their feelings in a safe, secure space, similar to how they would in school.