Social and Emotional Learning

Personal and Social Capability is a specific focus that is included in the Victorian Curriculum. It is an integral part of learning - for everyone.

The Personal and Social Capability is essential in enabling students to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. The capability involves students learning to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and understand relationships, establish and build a framework for positive relationships, work effectively in teams and develop leadership skills, and handle challenging situations constructively.

The Personal and Social Capability supports students in becoming creative and confident individuals with a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing, with a sense of hope and optimism about their lives and the future. On a social level, it helps students to form and maintain healthy relationships and prepares them for their potential life roles as family, community and workforce members.
(Vic Curriculum)

In 2020 the Year 5/6 classes include a rotation in their specialist subjects: 

Social and Emotional Learning: taught by Helen Treuel. Helen outlines her goals for this subject below.

The Teaching and Learning involved in this unit should assist students to:

  •       Explain how emotional responses influence behaviour   
  •       Explain the influence of emotions on behaviour, learning and relationships                       
  •       Analyse factors that influence their ability to regulate emotions

The SEL sessions will include targeted teaching of concepts, whole group and small group discussions, sharing of understandings, viewing short video clips to support learning and roleplaying scenarios to explore and embed understandings. Tools to support emotional regulation will be modelled and practised within the sessions. In addition, the SEL focus of the sessions will be enhanced by teachers in the daily classroom environment, through Religious Education Lessons, an embedded Restorative Practice Approach and further wellbeing sessions.