Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE)
PSHE Curriculum, Intent, Implementation, Impact Statement
Empowered, Global, Kind, Citizens
At St Chad’s our school motto, ‘Grow in love, Live in Peace’ reflects our vision for PSHE;
At St Chad’s Primary school, we recognise the importance of PSHE and the role it has in developing the God-given qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals. The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to prepare our children for life outside of the classroom and to help them build skills which will allow them to protect and keep themselves safe in the wider community. We strive to help pupils build their confidence, resilience, and self-esteem through developing:
- an understanding of themselves and others
- positive relationships built on mutual respect
- a healthy and safe lifestyle
Through our teaching of PSHE we will make a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We place a strong emphasis on developing emotional literacy and nurturing pupils’ mental and physical health. In order to ensure that these aims are met we will deliver our PSHE sessions mainly using the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work produced by the Jan Lever Group.
We have tailored the Relationships & Sex Education (RSHE) aspect of our PSHE curriculum to reflect the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church. This also builds on links to our RE and Science curriculums, using ‘A Journey In Love’ to deliver RSHE lessons from Early Years to Year 6.
Our PSHE Scheme of Work (Jigsaw) is a spiral curriculum which starts in Early Years and follows the children through to Year 6. We also recognise and teach important PHSE lessons through key national campaigns – such as Mental Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week, World kindness Day, Fairtrade Fortnight, Road safety week and Safer Internet Day. Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of St Chad’s and our Parish community. In doing so, they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
Our PSHE curriculum consists of 6 themes that each child will be taught about throughout the year:
‘Being Me in My World’, ‘Celebrating Differences’, ‘Dreams and Goals’, ‘Healthy Me’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Relationships and Changes’.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to embed links across the curriculum. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PHSE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class.
Our high-quality teaching responds to the needs of each child. Teachers identify and address misconceptions early through direct feedback during lessons. As needed, support is provided to children when they find particular topics more challenging. We are lucky to have a Family Support worker who organises drop-in sessions called “The listening ear” in which the children can share any concerns, whether they arise from lessons or elsewhere. Children’s work is recorded through PSHE displays in every class and in Year Group PSHE scrapbooks.
PSHE plays an important part in our school assemblies and Collective Worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Each PHSE theme is introduced to the pupils through class/year group assemblies.
PSHE, BV and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
The impact of our PSHE teaching is evident in school life as whole – in pupils’ good behaviour, their attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other. By the time children leave us they will:
- Demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others.
- Have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.
- Take responsibility for their actions.
- Have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop positive relationships now and in the future.
- Understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
- Be able to understand and manage their emotions.
- Be able to look after their mental health and well-being.
- Have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
- Demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life.
- Be inspired to reach for the stars.