Our bespoke curriculum will prepare children to be confident, global citizens in a diverse society. Our pupils will develop a sound understanding of risk, with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions and to recognise the importance of their own mental health and well-being. Our pupils will develop the ability to communicate their feelings in an effective and assertive manner through learning how to value themselves. Our pupils will learn how to live a healthy, safer life, preparing them to have an active role within their community and the wider world and will know how to build positive, appropriate, safe and strong relationships whilst respecting the differences between people and individual liberty.
In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’. Where possible, EYFS follow the whole-school topic such as: Zones of Regulation and Talking PANTS. They assess using the PSED Early Learning Goals at the end of the year.
PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and includes many strands of SMSC learning and British Values.
Children are provided with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons, circle time, special school projects, awareness days and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. There may be occasions where teachers teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in class. It is also taught through our assemblies and Christian values: Respect, Responsibility, Community, Friendship, Forgiveness and Courage.
• We believe that focusing on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our school and PSHE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindsets in all aspects of school life.
We use Philosophy based discussion, specific and timetabled PSHE lessons, Values Based Learning, British Values learning, debating, sticky questions, collective worship, speaking & listening and discussion activities to provide these opportunities for children. Alongside this the school leads community outreach projects links with the local charities, educates and celebrates Young Carers and holds a number of fundraising events, school trips, external visitors and celebrates many national and international events. PSHE is an important part of collective worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
The key areas included within PSHE are:
Basic First Aid
Healthy relationships (online safety/anti-bullying)
Drugs and alcohol awareness
Healthy choices & hygiene
Inclusion, belonging and extremism
Raising hopes and aspirations
Healthy relationships (including consent)
Talking mental health and wellbeing / sex education / what is abuse?
In addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should understand the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.