Through our PSHE teaching we aim to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
PSHE will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:
Have a sense of purpose
Value self and others
Make and act on informed decisions
Work with others
Respond to challenge
Be an active partner in their own learning
Be active citizens within the local community
Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
Become healthy and fulfilled individuals
PSHE lessons are taught using the PSHE Association suggested programme of study. Content covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase. The themes for each term are:
KS1 and KS2
Core Theme 1: Health and well-being
Core Theme 2: Relationships
Core Theme 3: Living in the wider world
Overarching concepts developed through the Programme of Study:
1. Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online)
2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online)
3. A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices)
4. Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world
5. Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)
6. Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
7. Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
8. Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
9. Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)
Lessons in personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) are timetabled weekly for each class.
The PSHE curriculum extends beyond the weekly lesson. Some content may also be covered in maths, science, geography, RE or history lessons. The PSHE curriculum is reinforced through community and global events, values education and collective worship. (links to SMSC policy).
Our PSHE curriculum meets statutory guidelines for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education and Drugs and Alcohol- Health Education.