Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Development (PSHE)
PSHE includes everything our school does to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through character education lessons, philosophy lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, Literacy, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities.
Our PSHE curriculum is divided into core themes which are:-
- Health and Wellbeing
- Relationships and Character Education
- Citizenship and Living in the Wider World
Additional to this we do blocks of work on anti-bullying, Fairtrade, safety awareness, sustainable and safe journeys to school and explicit teaching of drug awareness and relationships and sex education. Any issues that arise for specific children, year groups or due to external influences may also be built into PSHE and classroom discussions. This is part of being responsive to our children’s needs. Our citizenship strand also demonstrates how we promote fundamental British values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance of / for others).
How we promote fundamental British Values:
- include in suitable parts of the curriculum, as appropriate for the age of pupils, material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries;
- ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils;
- use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view;
- use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths, and cultures.
For further information please see the whole school overview below.