PSHE

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no-one alive that is you-er than you.”
— Dr Seuss

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16.

 

PSHE subject lead: Mrs. S. Dalton

Intent

At St Augustine Webster, we recognise that children grow up in a complex and ever-changing world and are exposed to an increasing range of influences. As a school we aim to build on and complement the learning that has already started at home to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills that children need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is central to our school’s Catholic ethos and values, supporting children in their development, and underpinning learning in the classroom, school, and in the wider community.

The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future. Our aim is to provide pupils with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up within this. We aim to 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, which is especially important for our large number of EAL pupils, for whom it is imperative that they feel an integral part of a British society.

Implementation

Although taught as discreet weekly lessons, PSHE education is also integrated into curriculum plans for other subject areas, especially RE, and is taught as a spiral programme based on three core themes to ensure learning in PSHE is revisited, reinforced and extended in age and stage appropriate contexts.

Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing: In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:

 Core theme 2: Relationships: In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:

Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World: In Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils focus on ‘economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen’ and are taught:

During Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils gradually build on the skills, attitudes and values, knowledge and understanding they have started to acquire and develop during the Early Years Foundation Stage. PSHE education offers learning opportunities and experiences which reflect the increasing independence, and physical and social awareness of our pupils as they move through the primary phase. They learn skills to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and keep themselves safe. It is important to remain flexible as events such as bereavement might require learning to be drawn from Key Stage 2 into Key Stages 1. PSHE education assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.

Throughout the year, themed days and weeks are celebrated to ensure that our pupils are exposed to as full range of experiences as possible. We also have links with outside agencies, who are invited into lessons where a more professional stance may be required, for example, the teaching of RSE or County Lines. We do not follow a scheme of work, preferring to plan a PSHE curriculum that is bespoke to the needs of our pupils.

Lessons involve class discussions and group activities and evidence of the work completed is gathered into a PSHE book or booklet; however, the focus is on the discussions and the children’s understanding of what is taught and not necessarily on the written aspects.

As needed, support is provided to children when they find particular topics more challenging and each class has a worry box, in which the children can share any concerns, whether they arise from lessons or from something else.

Beyond the planned programme for PSHE education, the curriculum provides children with a variety of experiences that have the potential to promote their personal, social development and economic education. These include:

Impact

Our school values and inclusion of safeguarding within our curriculum is vital as first and foremost, we want our children to be safe and happy so that they can excel in all aspects of school life. Our PSHE curriculum provides them with a chance to reflect and learn about these crucial elements.

Our children and staff value well-being, mental health and good citizenship. Through our curriculum, we believe that we prepare children for the next stage in their education as well as preparing them, during this vital stage of their life, for the adult world. We want them to be independent individuals, well equipped to make a valuable contribution to Britain in the 21st century.

PSHE Subject Story coming soon.....