Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our school ethos and values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility, British values and our focus on developing good character, spiritual, moral , social and cultural development.
British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all, and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, so that they know, remember and understand more.
PSHE is embedded in all that we do to enable our children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society. Our PSHE curriculum has been built with the aim to support the development of the ‘whole child’, by helping them to understand how they are developing personally and socially as well as promoting their social, mental and physical development.
Children will be able to develop the ability to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Through our discreet lessons as well as a wider cross curricular approach to teaching PSHE, children are taught how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally resulting in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables children to access the wider curriculum. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Our PSHE programme of learning and wider curriculum will enable children to meet the End of Key Stage Statements as set out in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Guidance 2019.
From September 2020, all primary schools in England are required to teach Relationships Education and Health Education. This includes making pupils aware of the different types of committed stable relationships, including LGBT relationships. Our curriculum has been carefully planned and includes sex education to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain, ensuring they understand the diverse world they are growing up in today.
Parents will not have the right to withdraw their children from Relationships Education, but can request to withdraw their children from Sex Educationl. The school has parent meetings every year prior to the teaching of sex education where parents are shown the content in which the children are taught within their child's year group.
Our PSHE programme, based on the Kapow scheme of work, is an integral part of our whole school PSHE education provision. It is designed to meet the unique needs of pupils, not only through the Kapow Scheme of Work, but through our wider curriculum offer.
Kapow uses open learning activities which suit the ethos of PSHE in our school. All learning activities used in Kapow allow opportunities for discussion and debate and provide an opportunity for children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and attitudes.
The Kapow scheme of work provides a focus on the themes of: Family and relationships, Safety and the changing body, Health and well-being, Citizenship, Economic well-being, Transition identity.
Our ever expanding wider provision of PSHE promotes opportunities to link British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) responsibilities. Along with our broad and balanced curriculum, there are overlaps with other subjects, for example Computing (E-safety), Science (recycling), PE (leading healthy active lives). Therefore, flexibility in the timetable needs to be accounted for as objectives for PSHE education will be met outside ofthe allocated timetable slot. Further opportunities to develop PSHE are provided through activities like our school parliament, “Acts of kindness,” Assembly themes, Circle time, Mindfulness and participation in after school clubs.
Flexibility in the timetable is also important to allow us to respond to local/ national/ global events that may occur and allow us to respond to any such event in an age appropriate way. The distribution of lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year, such as; Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Month and Mental Health Week.
Our pupils will be prepared for life outside school and the future. They will understand the importance of respectful relationships and physical and mental wellbeing. Having promoted personal development, our pupils will be independent and resilient; confident in managing their feelings and behaviour with an awareness of the impact they can have through their voices and when expressing themselves. With a developed confidence in managing risks and knowing how to seek help, children will apply their knowledge and skills learnt in PSHE into different contexts. The teaching of British Values will ensure pupils recognise the importance of respect and tolerance enabling them to become respectful citizens.