PSHE aims to promote children’s personal and moral development through raising awareness of health and safety issues, and developing confidences and independence. In turn this will provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make informed choices and decisions throughout their lives. PSHE enables children to develop personally and socially by addressing many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are now part of the ‘growing up’ process.
It is our aim that, during their time in our school, children are guided to become:
In order to help us accomplish this goal, we have adopted eleven ‘drivers’, known to the children as ‘Keys to Success’, that run throughout the school, and which underpin, not just the PSHE curriculum, but the curriculum as a whole.
Thus, in striving to become confident individuals, the children learn about ‘aiming high’ and ‘pride’; in their development as responsible citizens, the children consider the concepts of ‘making a difference’, ‘respect’, ‘democracy’ and ‘community’; in nurturing successful learners we explore the importance of ‘perseverance’, ‘questioning’, ‘reasoning’, ‘cooperation’ and ‘reflection’.
Teachers are encouraged to be flexible in their planning and delivery of PSHE so that it meets the needs of the children in their class and addresses relevant, current issues that the children will have to deal with.
In addition, one full morning per half term (3 hours) will be devoted to a whole school PSHE session, during which the children are vertically grouped into PSHE classes. The content of these sessions is currently organised into a 4 year rolling programme.
1st Year – planning based on the SUMO personal development programme addressing, ‘cooperation’, ‘ questioning’, ‘perseverance’, ‘community’ and ‘possibilities’ drivers.
2nd Year – children will undertake a number of lessons around issues that are relevant to them e.g. friendship – linked to behaviour traits, online safety, personal safety. These sessions will address ‘questioning’, ‘cooperation’, ‘reasoning’, ‘possibilities’ and ‘democracy’ drivers.
3rd Year – each PSHE class will learn about a local charity, their purpose and work, and will, over a series of sessions, plan and carry out a fund raising event for their chosen charity – drivers covered; ‘enterprise’, ‘community’, ‘democracy’, ‘global citizenship’, ‘making a difference’ and ‘cooperation’.
4th Year – children will undertake a number of lessons, each devoted to a different area of personal development such as health and well-being, goal setting, divergent thinking, emotional intelligence and coaching, addressing the drivers of ‘questioning’, ‘cooperation’, ‘community’, ‘possibilities’ and ‘making a difference’.
All children will also take part in national Anti-Bullying week on an annual basis.
Children in years 3, 4 and 5 will take part in the Respect Yourself, Eat Better, Move More, Relationships programme - which encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle by taking part in more exercise; eating healthily; developing healthy relationships and improving their mental well-being.
In addition to the above, the following areas of PSHE and Citizenship are covered within the year groups:
Year 3 – Relationship and Sex Education, Firework Safety, Healthy Lifestyle (linked to Science), Online Safety
Year 4 – Relationship and Sex Education, Online Safety
Year 5 – Relationship and Sex Education, Online Safety
Year 6 – Drug and Alcohol Education (linked to Science), Relationship and Sex Education, Online Safety
Children in Years 3 and 4 will undertake at least 10 Forest School sessions over the course of the year. These sessions will focus on improving communication and collaboration between learners, as well as encouraging the children to develop their independence.