PSHE

 by Ray Faulkner (Subject Leader)

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and citizenship enable children to become healthy, independent and 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 so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the election and membership opportunities provided through the ECO Schools, Healthy Promoting Schools (HPS), and School Council Programmes.

 
The aims of PSHE and citizenship are to enable the children to:-
 
Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
 
Be aware of safety issues
 
Understand what makes for good relationships with others
 
Have respect for others regardless of race, gender and mental and physical disability
 
Be independent and responsible members of the school community
 
Be positive and active members of a democratic society
 
Develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
 
Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community
 
PSHE and Citizenship in our school will follow the Framework for PSHE and Citizenship, given as non-statutory guidance in the National Curriculum. This framework will be delivered through a variety of teaching strategies. It cannot just be taught as a separate subject, although this is an appropriate teaching strategy. It will also be taught through cross curricular links, collective worship (often the theme for collective worship identifies, promotes and celebrates one of the school’s values) and other activities or school events (residential visits, Enrichment, special activities planned to allow the children to work together under different circumstances), ECO Schools, HPS meetings and School Council, which provide links with parents and members of the outside community.
 
In following the framework our pupils will be taught the four key components of PSHE knowledge, skills and understanding:
 
1. developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
2. preparing to play an active role as citizens
3. developing a healthy, safer lifestyle
4. developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
 
In following the framework for Citizenship our pupils will be taught:
 
Social and moral responsibility
 
Community involvement
 
Political literacy
 
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 and Citizenship will be 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 regular specific curriculum session, in order to develop themes and share ideas e.g. circle time
 
Opportunities will be found within other curriculum areas e.g. links with drama and role-play, debate and discussion in literacy, working together in pairs or small groups, improving health in PE, environmental, health and drug issues in science and beliefs, values and practices in RE
 
Activities will be provided as group, class or school events and initiatives e.g. community projects, school productions, assemblies for parents and friends, celebration assembly and annual residential trips for the Years 4 and 6 pupils
 
At playtimes and lunchtimes opportunities exist for playing co-operatively using play equipment
 
The children are involved when visitors come into school
 
In the Foundation Stage of the national 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 books, CD Roms, internet, specific adults e.g. medical agencies, police service, fire service etc. This encourages children to develop their learning to enquiring skills and assists in equipping them for adult life.
 

 

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