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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and RSE

Intent

At Walwayne Court, the teaching of PSHE supports our children to make responsible choices, to equip them with the skills they need to deal with situations that they encounter and to be confident to face the future.

Our PSHE curriculum intentions are to:

  • raise personal self-esteem;
  • encourage children to develop confidence in their views about themselves, others and the world around them;
  • encourage children to become responsible for themselves and others;
  • promote a range of worthwhile and fulfilling relationships;
  • encourage respect for the differences between people;
  • promote the concept of good health (mental and physical);
  • promote the concept of a safe lifestyle through a positive message (‘looking after my body’, rather than ‘substances which may harm my body’);
  • prepare children to play an active role as citizens in a democratic society;
  • give children some understanding of financial capability and economic well-being;
  • encourage children to make the most of their own and others’ abilities;
  • explore their own and others feelings and how to respond to them.

Alongside our PSHE curriculum, through RSE, we also aim to:

  • provide the knowledge and information to which all pupils are entitled;
  • clarify/reinforce existing knowledge;
  • raise pupils’ self-esteem and confidence, especially in their relationships with others;
  • help pupils understand their sexual feelings and behaviour, so they can lead fulfilling and enjoyable lives;
  • help pupils’ develop skills (language, decision making, choice, assertiveness) and make the most of their abilities;
  • provide the confidence to be participating members of society and to value themselves and others;
  • help gain access to information and support;
  • develop skills for a healthier, safer lifestyle;
  • develop and use communication skills and assertiveness skills to cope with the influences of their peers and the media;
  • help children know how to respect and care for their bodies;
  • support children to be prepared for puberty and adulthood.

Implementation

  • PSHE is taught through the ‘SCARF’ scheme of work from Coram Life Education, which builds on the key themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. It also includes opportunities to explore British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
  • RSE is taught as part of PSHE, using the Christopher Winters scheme of work for RSE, alongside the ‘SCARF’ scheme of work RSE is often taught as discrete sessions, but there are overlaps with the science curriculum (particularly linked to life cycles, growth and reproduction in plant and animals, and changes) and with the computing curriculum (linked to cyber safety).
  • Daily PSHE takes place in every class, which may take the form of a short circle time or whole-class discussion, or within the Foundation Stage and Year 1 class may occur as an ongoing part of the ‘In the Moment Planning’. These sessions are responsive to the needs of the class at that time, and as such will not look the same in each class.  Class teachers can draw on resources such as Picture News to promote discussion and the understanding of wider world issues to support these sessions.
  • Links are made across the wider curriculum to allow children to explore the skills and knowledge that they have learned through their PSHE sessions.
  • We promote the values of uniqueness, peace, curiosity, respect, ambition and determination through whole school assemblies and this weaves through the learning that we do across the curriculum each term.  Children are encouraged to think about what this value means to them and their class and think of ways that they can demonstrate this.
  • Every child is paired up with a buddy (or buddies) from a partner class based on shared interests and character.  This relationship is nurtured throughout the year through weekly buddy reading sessions and walking to and sitting with their buddy in assembly, as well as other activities, enabling the children to build a strong and respectful relationship with someone from another year group. Older children are encouraged to be a good role model for their younger buddy and the younger buddies look up to their older buddy as a good example of the correct choices to make.
  • We make links with the wider community by welcoming a variety of visitors into the school across the year to enrich our PSHE curriculum.  These include the Life Education Bus, fire safety visitors, the Dogs Trust, Walk Safe and Bikeability.  Each visit is carefully timed to ensure that it supports and extends the learning that is already taking place in school, giving it a real-life context.  We also take part in national events, such as Anti-Bullying Week and Mental Health awareness day, in order to focus the children’s thinking on these issues.
  • Our children have a voice within the school through our school council, which is made up of a representative from each class from Year 1-6, who meet to discuss whole school issues on behalf of their classes.  These children were voted for by the children in their class in an election at the start of the school year after they had put their case to their peers as to why they should represent them.

Impact

The impact of our PSHE curriculum is evidenced by the attitudes of the children both within the school and as they move on to their next stages.  They will be able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes that they have explored and been taught, and are able to deal with the situations that they encounter.  They are able to form healthy relationships with others, are tolerant and respectful and are able to keep themselves safe and make a positive contribution to society.

 
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