At Bank View, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. The RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum has been mapped out clearly in the progression grids for PSHE and science which ensures coverage of all of the statutory elements; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children.
Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community and by taking responsibility for their behaviours, showing initiative and understanding how they can contribute positively to the lives of others. By instilling a sense of right and wrong. We believe that children should be educated about all of the different issues that await them in the world. Through an understanding of what ‘drugs and alcohol’ are and the effects that they have on a person’s body, and lifestyle, we are enabling children to make informed and positive choices.
Our RSHE/PSHE curriculum intends to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future.
We aim to provide pupils with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and give them the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up within this. We aim to provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Moreover, our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of TEAMWORK and seek leadership opportunities within the school gates and their local community.
Where it all begins…
PSHE in the Foundation Stage is based on the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This comes under the prime area of Personal, social and emotional development and covers three key elements:
- Managing self
- Building relationships
PSHE is explored through regular circle time, a formal PSHE curriculum, collective worship, the school value and British value, enhancement days, themed weeks and extra-curricular activities. The PSHE curriculum is further enhanced through school activities such as the School Council, Greenbugs (an Environmental group), Sports Leaders and other positions of responsibility. These provide leadership opportunities for a wide range of pupils.
In years 1-6, we teach RSHE/PSHE through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum using the PSHE association. We teach PSHE in a variety of ways;
- All pupils learn RSHE/PSHE through individually planned lessons, cross-curricular links and through themed weeks.
- Medium-term planning is given to all staff which has been developed by the PSHE lead in guidance with The PSHE Association
- Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our RSHE/PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
- Assemblies and themed weeks are planned to cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
The Scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values, SMSC and school’s Key skills into the curriculum.
Our scheme of work uses open learning activities which suit the ethos of RSHE/PSHE. All learning activities used allow opportunities for discussion and debate. Open learning activities provide an opportunity for the children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitude. Never underestimate the impact of children debating or discussing- even practising using language or talking about feelings can help them develop key skills for the future.
Our RSHE/PSHE lessons will involve class discussions and group activities. The focus of our RSHE/PSHE lessons is based on the discussions and the children’s understanding of what is taught and not on the written aspects.
By the time children leave our school they will have a good understanding of who they are, how they belong, how they can have positive relationships and use their knowledge to contribute positively to society, bringing them an all-rounded sense of well-being.
We firmly believe that a meaningful RSHE/PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults.
- Children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help them navigate themselves through modern life.
- From exposure to a range of global issues and problems, children can build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility for being a global citizen.
- From engagement with a variety of Educate and Celebrate texts, children can understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves.
- Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
- Children will achieve age-related expectations across the wider curriculum.
- Children will become healthy and responsible members of society.
- Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.