PSHE consists of a comprehensive and spiral developmental programme of teaching and learning, which is delivered in the context of a Healthy School, where the health and wellbeing of pupils and of the whole school community are actively promoted. Our PSHE programme has a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships throughout the school. It is central to our values and to achieving our school’s stated aims and objectives, and embraces and fulfils the new statutory curriculum, Relationship Health Education (RHE), from September 2020.
Our PSHE programme helps pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives now and in the future, as individuals, parents/carers, workers and members of society. It is embedded within the wider learning offered by the school to ensure that pupils experience positive relationships with adults and with each other and feel valued, and that those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported. 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 our school and community.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in PSHE, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school. A comprehensive, whole-school planning approach ensures that full coverage of ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for PSHE’ and ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage is given.
Wherever possible, PSHE is linked to class topics. At the start of each topic, teachers take time to find out what our children already understand and want to find out. Our teachers use this to adapt and extend the curriculum to match children’s interests and needs, referencing current events and developments where appropriate. We include the use of technology, wherever possible, to aid teaching and learning. Through teacher modelling and planned questioning, we want our children to wonder about, be fascinated by and involved in the world around them.
Pupils mark against their own targets how they feel about their learning in a topic; attainment is tracked through online pupil target trackers against National Curriculum expectations, and the Foundation Stage against the ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development.