Personal, Social and Health Education

The personal development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and to achieve. Although PSHE is a non-statutory subject in the National curriculum we believe it is a key part of children’s learning and development.

We aim to support pupils to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and to make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare to play an active role as citizens
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
  • Develop good relationships
  • Understand how to keep themselves safe

Aspects of PSHE and citizenship are already reflected within the values and ethos of our school. For example, we agree codes of conduct with the children to encourage positive behaviour; we challenge all forms of bullying and discrimination; we promote courtesy and respect; and we value all members of the school community.

Collective worship promotes and celebrates our values and provides an opportunity to strengthen children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Discrete curriculum time

PSHE and citizenship will be taught through some separately planned curriculum time, for example, a circle time or a class discussion following on from a story or an event in class. This type of provision will allow class teachers to make clear assessments relating to specific PSHE and citizenship guidelines.

Teaching through and within other curriculum subjects

A considerable amount of the PSHE and citizenship framework can easily be taught within all other subjects, for example most of the health theme can be incorporated into science. Indeed the PSHE and citizenship framework is intended to be used flexibly in planning and to build on what schools are doing already. Teaching PSHE and citizenship as a cross-curricular subject will enable children to make links and learn about PSHE and citizenship objectives in practical contexts. Through our teaching and learning approaches and classroom management we can model and encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning, participate in groups of different sizes and compositions, work with our adults other than the class teacher and take time to reflect on their experiences to enable them to identify what they have learned and transfer that to their own individual situations.

Sex and Relationships education

Although this aspect of education is not compulsory until age 11 we will always respond sensitively and appropriately to children’s comments or questions. References to reproduction will be made in some of our science topics or in response to the birth of a new baby in a child’s family.

We will also cover aspects such as appropriate behaviour such as touching and how to stay safe as part of our general PSHE curriculum, ensuring children all know that they can turn to a trusted adult to disclose anything that is upsetting them, either at school or elsewhere.