Curriculum - PSHE
Pupils engage with timetabled PSHE lessons on a fortnightly basis. Our PSHE curriculum is progressive across the school and is based on the SEAL units (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). The units are entitled: New Beginnings, Getting on and Falling out, Say no to Bullying, Going for Goals, Good to be Me, Relationships and Changes. Children cover learning based on the same topics in each year group, but the outcomes for each unit are categorised and differentiated according to each phase (Early Years, KS1, Lower KS2, Upper KS2). This is detailed within the Progression of Skills document, and ensures that the curriculum is appropriately tailored to pupils’ developmental needs, providing on-going opportunities for learning to be built upon each year. Nursery and Reception staff incorporate their PSHE learning within the ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ aspect of the ‘Early Years Areas of Learning and Development’. As part of PSHE in upper KS2, puberty is covered to prepare and support children with changes their bodies will go through. In addition, Year 6 pupils will engage in age-appropriate sessions based on Extremism and Radicalisation, and have a visit from the Life Education Bus. This highlights the risks of drinking, smoking and peer pressure, and encourages pupils to make sensible decisions; they need to be particularly mindful of this following their transition to secondary school.
Within PSHE we emphasise active learning by including the children in discussions, drama, investigations, problem-solving activities and the use of ICT. Teaching staff utilise a range of engaging resources and teaching styles, to provide pupils with different learning experiences and enhance PSHE, thus promoting Cultural Capital across the school. Through PSHE, children are supported to: understand and manage their feelings, make positive choices, deal appropriately with different situations, work in collaboration with others, resolve conflict, set themselves realistic goals, understand their rights and responsibilities, evaluate and review their actions. This curriculum provides children with opportunities to deepen their understanding and apply their skills into real-life contexts, to help prepare them for more challenging situations they will face in later life. We also further enrich the PSHE curriculum through various activities and whole-school events, e.g. Job-Holder Elections, the A*STARS programme, Anti-Bullying Week and frequent fundraising involvement.
At Pheasey Park Farm Primary School, the effective, high-quality PSHE education provided encourages our pupils to become healthy, responsible, safe and independent members of society. Children are taught how to play a positive role in contributing to school life and to the wider community; this develops a feeling of belonging for our pupils. Furthermore, pupils learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multi-cultural society, and so develop understanding of tolerance, and of the additional British Values. Amongst other things, children are taught about friendships, problem-solving, resilience, managing difficult situations, and the perspective of others. The impact of our PSHE curriculum is that our pupils become well-educated citizens who are equipped with relevant knowledge for their future, thus promoting Cultural Capital. Work completed in PSHE books will also demonstrate a broad and balanced curriculum, and evidences the skills children have learned. We hope to see pupils consolidating and showcasing their learning within, and outside of, the classroom setting. In order to develop readiness for secondary school and beyond, pupils will be able to express themselves with confidence, demonstrate resilience and critical thinking, and apply their skills learned through PSHE to new situations in later life.