Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. As a school, we intend to provide a PSHE curriculum that is inclusive and allows pupils to know more, do more and remember more. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility and become positive role models both in school and in the wider community. PSHE is central to our school motto, Believe in yourself, learn together, persevere and succeed. The five key values play a fundamental role in the beliefs of the school as a whole: compassion, honesty, responsibility, resilience and respect. We also promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and individual liberty. PSHE education equips children with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe and balanced lives
Our PSHE curriculum fits in with our wider curriculum intent by enabling pupils to become resilient, well rounded citizens. Through PSHE pupils understand their place in the world and acquire the skills necessary to make healthy, informed choices. Children are able to follow school rules and understand the core values including responsibility. By learning about British values, pupils will be able to understand their place in the world. Through debates and discussions, pupils will be empowered to share their views and ideas.
As a school we follow the PSHE Association scheme of learning, this has clearly set out the three core learning themes: health and well-being (autumn term), living in the wider world (spring term) and relationships (summer term). This provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work which runs alongside our National Curriculum subjects. PSHE is taught fortnightly for one hour and circle time is used weekly to address current contextual issues. Year groups plan together and use the termly curriculum maps to support what is taught in other subjects and emphasise key dates in order for pupils to make wider life links. Staff facilitate opportunities for debate and the sharing of ideas and values in groups, classes, assemblies and houses. Some PSHE work is recorded in our Foundation Books, although many of the sessions involve discussion and debate.
Children will be able to demonstrate and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty. Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – behaviour will be good because of high expectations and the focus on being positive members of a community. Behaviour will reflect the school’s positive behaviour policy and the school values. There will be a decrease in incidents as pupils will make better choices. Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum as their outlook and behaviour for learning will encourage this. Pupils will have the skills that allow them to share their views, listen to the views of others and take part in discussions. Pupils will have the knowledge they need to make healthy and informed choices in and out of school.