“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” ― Michael Jordan
At All Saints’ Church of England Primary School, we believe that PSHCE has the power to enhance the health and wellbeing of all children, their families and the whole school community. It has a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships throughout the school. It is central to our values and to achieving our school’s aims. Our PSHCE curriculum aims to equip children with essential skills for life; it intends to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through PSHCE lessons, children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them. Successful PSHCE curriculum coverage is vital in preparing children for life in society now and in the future. Lessons in our scheme of work have their foundations in seeing each and everybody’s value in society, from appreciation of others in units such as Diversity and Communities, to promoting strong and positive views of self in My Emotions and Myself and My Relationships. It is embedded within wider learning to ensure that children learn to develop resilience and healthy relationship skills, which they will practice and see enacted in the school environment.
Our scheme of work covers all the required objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The scheme of work fulfils the requirements of 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced PSHCE curriculum.
We recognise that everyone is important, valued and special. We have high aspirations so that all can flourish, and we fulfil this through learning to love and loving to learn in a deeply Christian ethos. We have a faith-sensitive and inclusive approach to Relationships and Sex Education.
Our PSHE and Citizenship programme (which is covered through the taught curriculum and our wider provision) includes teaching and learning within the following strands and themes:
- Myself and My Relationships: including My Emotions, Beginning and Belonging, Anti-bullying, Family and Friends and Managing Change.
- Healthy and Safer Lifestyles: including Personal Safety, Digital Lifestyles, Drug Education, Relationships and Sex Education, Healthy Lifestyles and Managing Safety and Risk (including Road Safety).
- Citizenship: including Diversity and Communities, Rights, Rules and Responsibilities and Working Together.
- Economic Wellbeing: including Financial Capability.
Our units are taught in a spiral curriculum that revisits each theme every two years. This enables children to recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHCE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of the child. Units are designed to be delivered in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games. These activities enable children to build confidence and resilience.
Each unit that All Saints’ deliver in PSHCE is mapped and assessed against the key strands of the school’s progression map to ensure that children develop detailed knowledge and skills across the entire breadth of the PSHCEE curriculum through engaging and age-appropriate curriculum content. Teachers track children’s progress across these strands to obtain a summative assessment at the end of each academic year. This data is then used by the subject leader to monitor and evaluate PSHCE to support teaching and learning across the school.
Children are enabled to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect, and know when they can seek the support of others. They will apply their understanding of society to their everyday interactions, from the classroom to the wider community of which they are part. PSHCE contributes to our school culture that prioritises physical and mental health and wellbeing, providing children with skills to evaluate and understand their own wellbeing needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them.
The curriculum leader will celebrate the success of pupils across all year groups and monitor standards to ensure the outcomes in PSHCE are at expected levels. Furthermore, they will provide ongoing CPD support to ensure that the curriculum’s impact is wide reaching and positive.