PSHE – personal, social, health and economic education is the foundation of learning in our school. It underpins the teaching of all subjects and is an integral part of the whole curriculum. By recognising opportunities across the curriculum as well as through weekly PSHE lessons, we offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Learning about PSHE and citizenship allows children at our school to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We teach pupils to develop responsible attitudes and awareness of their personal safety, about rights and responsibilities and about what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
Health and Wellbeing
In Key Stage One, children learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and how to make informed choices that improve their physical and emotional health. They learn about the importance of and how to maintain personal hygiene, how diseases spread and how they have responsibilities to look after their own and other people’s health. They learn that household products, including medicines, can be dangerous, and know ways to keep physically and emotionally safe (including road safety, e safety, personal safety – knowing the difference between secrets and surprises).
They learn about growing and changing and how new opportunities may bring new responsibilities. They recognise and celebrate strengths and set realistic goals. They learn to manage and explain their feelings (including change and loss) and know about people who look after them and how to ask for help.
In Key Stage Two, pupils identify what positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health, and how to make informed choices and begin to understand the concept of a balanced lifestyle. They continue to think about keeping physically and emotionally safe (road safety, safety in the environment, online safety, social media, mobile phones etc) and the importance of protecting personal information. They learn which, why and how, commonly available substances and drugs, (including alcohol or tobacco) could damage their health and safety, that some are legal and some are illegal to own, use or supply to others. They continue to learn about the way bacteria and viruses can affect health and how following simple routines can help prevent their spread. They learn about human reproduction including conception and how this can be prevented.
Pupils reflect on and celebrate their achievements, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and set themselves high aspirations and goals. They deepen their understanding of feelings and extend their vocabulary to explain the range and intensity of feelings to others. They learn about change, including transitions in school, loss, separation, divorce and bereavement. They deepen their understanding of risk by recognising, predicting and managing risks recognising that increasing independence brings increased responsibilities to keep themselves and others safe. They begin to understand that pressure to behave in an unacceptable, unhealthy or risky way can come from a variety of sources, including people they know and the media.
The recent focus has been on Mental Health Week. This was an all school initiative, where children learnt how to keep healthy and stay relaxed. Children in Years 3 and 4 practised a short meditation each day and reported that they felt calmer and more relaxed as a result. Younger children learnt about the work of Dr Barnardo.