As a result of our PSHE programme of learning, pupils will:
- Know and understand how to keep themselves healthy and safe.
- Be able to make friendships and be a good friend.
- Develop the skills of listening to and respecting others.
- Understand they have the right to feel safe, that everyone is different and to respect differences.
- Understand they have the responsibility for their actions and for managing risk.
During key stages 1 and 2, PSHE education offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness, as they move through the primary phase. It builds on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online. PSHE education helps pupils to manage the physical and emotional changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.
We are committed to working with parents and carers. We communicate with parents and carers by half termly curriculum letters, newsletters and letters relating to specific aspects of PSHE such as road safety, online safety, anti-bullying and relationships education.
Our PSHE curriculum is taught in weekly one hour lessons. Our provision is further enriched by the Heart Smart programme which is taught weekly in 20 minute sessions. We make links to other areas of the curriculum and make connections to real life situations.
There are three core themes:
Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World
Some of the topics covered at Key Stage One include: Who is special to us? What helps us stay healthy? What jobs do people do? How can we look after each other and the world? At Key Stage Two the topics include: What keeps us safe? How do we treat each other with respect? How can our choices make a difference to others and the environment? How will we grow and change?
Every year pupils are taught ‘Protective Behaviours’. Protective Behaviours is a practical down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection.