All schools must, by law, provide a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ that ‘prepares young people for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life'. At our school, we recognise that PSHE lessons make a significant contribution to the fulfilment of this requirement.
We believe it is important to prepare our children to become mature and independent members of our community. We aim to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We believe that developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
Our PSHE education helps to build children’s confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change and to manage emotions.
They learn the rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and how to manage risks to their physical and emotional wellbeing. As members of a class and school community, children learn to work with others, to form and maintain good relationships and how to recognise and respond to risky or negative relationships, including bullying. They also learn about respect for self and others and become aware of the views, needs and rights of others. We also prepare children to deal and manage with change, including puberty and transition to secondary school.
We have recently reviewed the PSHE curriculum in our school and have developed a new program of study that is clearly planned, progressive and closely matched to the developmental stages of children at each age phase. This curriculum is closely linked to curriculum guidance from the PSHE Association and has been designed to prepare our pupils for their futures as well as their present day-to-day lives. Please click the link below to see our 'Whole School Curriculum Overview'. This details our whole school PSHE topics, as well as the objectives that are taught in Years 1-6.