Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
PSHE education is a non-statutory subject on the school curriculum. However, section 2.5 of the national curriculum states that all state schools 'should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’.
PSHE, underpins life at Broadoak Primary School. At Broadoak, we believe that nurturing happy and healthy children is central to all aspects of their learning and development. We believe that children should acquire the ability to make informed, healthy and moral choices in their lives and recognise that they should play a positive role in the school and wider community. PSHE helps enable children to become confident, independent members of society with an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as individuals and as part of a diverse society.
By delivering Personal, Social and Health Education we hope to enable children to:
- Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
- Have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make informed choices.
- Be aware of safety issues.
- Have respect for others.
- Be independent and responsible members of the community.
- Be positive and active members of a democratic society.
- Develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community and understand what constitutes a good relationship.
At Broadoak Primary School PSHE is taught in a variety of ways. Some of the PSHE curriculum will be delivered through Literacy, Science, Circle Time, RE, SEAL and other foundation subject topic work where relevant. PSHE is also taught as a discrete subject, for example, some aspects of Drug Education and Sex and Relationships Education.
We also plan for PSHE through activities and whole school events such as assemblies, visitors and themed weeks. We offer residential visits to Lledr Hall in Year 5 and Patterdale Hall in Year 6, where there is a particular focus on developing pupil’s self esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operative skills.
At Broadoak, we also recognise that there are many aspects of PSHE that occur unplanned, such as incidents arising in class and current topical events. We believe that these instances can provide useful learning opportunities and we try to exploit these where possible in an appropriate and sensitive manner.
PSHE in Early Years
In EYFS practitioners use the EYFS Statutory Framework (2012) to plan and deliver the PSE curriculum. Children work towards a series of Early Learning Goals which should be achieved by the end of Reception. Practitioners also use the ‘Development Matters’ document to help plan, implement and assess the PSE area of learning.
PSHE in Key Stage One
Programmes of study for PHSE, Drug Education and SRE are taught from the PSHE association programme of study. Learning intentions and teaching activities are in line with the national frameworks. Many of the learning objectives and classroom activities have links to other curriculum areas. We also enhance these programmes of study with visits, visitors or special events.
PSHE in Key Stage Two
Programmes of study for PSHE, Drug Education and SRE are taught from the PSHE association programme of study. Learning intentions and teaching activities are in line with the national frameworks. Many of the learning objectives and classroom activities have links to other curriculum areas. We also enhance these programmes of study with visits, visitors or special events.
SEAL : Circle Time Curriculum
SEAL is a programme which is designed to develop the social and emotional skills of all pupils. Good social and emotional skills help pupils to,
- make friendships
- work in teams,
- solve problms,
- deal with conflict,
- manage strong feelings,
- to be calmer and optimistic,
- recover from setbacks,
- compete fairly,
- respect others' rights and value diversity.
The cirlcle time sessions aim to develop children’s skills in:
- managing feelings
- social skills
Teaching of SEAL
The SEAL programme is taught through assemblies and circle time sessions. Children are introduced to a new theme each half term. Each theme begins with an assembly in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This assembly introduces the new theme and key skills to be taught and developed throughout the half term.
Each year group from Nursery to Year 6 take part in a weekly circle time session. Each session follows the same structure:
- Round / game / song
- Reinforcement of circle time rules and skills
- Round / game / song
By delivering the SEAL programme in this way, we provide a whole school approach to circle time. All children as they move throughout the school share the same organisation and structure to their circle time sessions as well as an understanding of the rules of circle time and the development of circle time skills.
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