PSHE

Intent

At the Glebe Primary School, we believe that our PSHE curriculum should enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and ability to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions.

The aims of our PSHE curriculum are to enable the children to:

  • know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, including through healthy eating and physical activity;
  • make the right choices and develop healthy behaviours with the aim of reducing health inequalities later in life and promoting social inclusion;
  • the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
  • be aware of safety issues, including online safety;
  • understand what makes for good relationships with others and develop relationships with members of the community;
  • have respect for themselves and others;
  • understand and manage their emotions
  • be independent and responsible members of the school and the local community;
  • be positive and active members of a democratic society;
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding social and personal issues;
  • have opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and/or the lives of others.

 

Implementation

During their time at The Glebe, learners gradually build on the skills, attitudes and values, knowledge and understanding acquired in PSHE lessons. PSHE education offers learning opportunities and experiences which reflect the increasing independence and physical and social awareness of learners as they move through the primary phase. They learn skills to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and keep themselves safe. It is important to remain flexible as events such as bereavement might require learning to be drawn from Key Stage 2 into Key Stages 1. PSHE education assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.

Pupils should have the opportunity to learn:

Health and wellbeing

  1. What is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  2. How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  3. How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  4. Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  5. About managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
  6. How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
  7. How to respond in an emergency
  8. To identify different influences on health and wellbeing

 

Relationships

  1. How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts
  2. How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  3. How to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
  4. How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
  5. How to respect equality and diversity in relationships.

 

Living in the Wider World

  1. About respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  2. About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
  3. About different groups and communities
  4. To respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community
  5. About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  6. About where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
  7. How money plays an important part in people’s lives
  8. A basic understanding of enterprise.

 

We use a range of teaching and learning styles with an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, investigations and problem solving activities. PSHE is provided in a variety of ways, to reflect the age of the pupils and ensure a whole school approach to the subject:

  • There will be a weekly PSHE lesson in every year group in order to develop themes and share ideas, e.g. circle time, discussion, group work.
  • Enrichment Days e.g. Raising aspirations, FAB week, Internet Safety day, Parliament week, European days of languages
  • Opportunities will be found within other curriculum areas, eg. links with drama and role play, debate and discussion in English, working together in pairs or small groups, improving health in PE, environmental, health and drug issues in science and beliefs, values and practices in Assemblies, including the promotion of Citizenship, work through Rights Respecting Schools Award, Zones of Regulation and The Great Dream – keys to happier living.
  • Throughout the school there will be acknowledgement of SMSC in every lesson, through the teachers and pupils relationships with each other.
  • Activities will be provided as group, class or school events and initiatives eg: community projects, school productions, assemblies for parents and friends, celebration assemblies.
  • At playtimes and lunchtimes opportunities exist for playing co-operatively using play equipment. We have playground friends who support children in KS1.
  • The children are involved when visitors come into school
  • In the Foundation Stage of the EYFS Curriculum, PSHE is related to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals matching the aim of developing a child’s personal, emotional, and social development.
  • Much of the curriculum is delivered through oral and practical activities. Where appropriate, pupils will record or investigate their work using a variety of mediums including floorbooks, ICT, specific adults, e.g. medical agencies, police service, fire services etc. This encourages children to develop their learning in enquiring skills and assists in equipping them for adult life.

We do not follow any specific schemes for the teaching of PSHE and resources are bought from a variety of sources to achieve our PSHE objectives for the children. We aim to use PSHE association accredited resources where possible. At the Glebe, we also link our PSHE learning to respective RRSA articles:

  • Friendship:
    • Article 15: You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.
  • Freedom:
    • Article 12: You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously
    • Article 14: You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you.
  • Respect:
    • Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
  • Happiness:
    • Article 19: You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
  • Quality:
    • Article 28: You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
  • Appreciation:
    • Article 6: You have the right to be alive and be well.

 

Impact

At The Glebe, we strive to create a welcoming and accepting culture where each child is valued for their individuality and contribution.  Our children will learn that we are all different but we are all equal.

Please click the link to find our Progression Map: PSHE Progression Map

 

Online resources to support PSHE can be found on the following websites:

  • NSPCC – Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing can be really hard. NSPCC have got advice to help you support your child who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or self-harm. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/
  • CAMHS – A really helpful website which includes, downloadable self-help activities, information guides, information and more. https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk
  • YoungMinds – This website offers advice for you to help your children and a free telephone service. Call the Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines). https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/
  • Anna Freud – This charity is dedicated to providing training and support for child mental health services. https://www.annafreud.org/
  • Public Health England and the NHS – Offer advice on how to take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/