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Earlham Primary School

PSHCE

Intent

At Earlham Primary School, we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, supports our children to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life in an increasingly complex world, which presents children with many opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, whilst growing up.

We aim to deliver a rich and balanced curriculum that helps children to achieve their academic potential and preparing them with essential knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

Our core and British Values are embedded within our school culture and underpin everything we do, ultimately, our aim is to prepare our children for a better future that celebrates and respects diversity and differences whilst understanding the needs of our individual pupils. We believe it is imperative for children to be given the tools to be successful. Through carefully planned and resourced lessons, which support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, we are providing them with the essentials of safeguarding issues and emotional well-being, in an environment that is respectful, safe and supportive.

By the time children reach Year 6, our PSHE lessons will have encouraged children to become self-reflective, develop their voice and strengthen their identity and self-esteem, by giving them the opportunity and confidence to contribute to society in order to become an active and good citizen.

At Earlham Primary School, we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, supports our children to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life in an increasingly complex world, which presents children with many opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, whilst growing up.

We aim to deliver a rich and balanced curriculum that helps children to achieve their academic potential and preparing them with essential knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

Our core and British Values are embedded within our school culture and underpin everything we do, ultimately, our aim is to prepare our children for a better future that celebrates and respects diversity and differences whilst understanding the needs of our individual pupils. We believe it is imperative for children to be given the tools to be successful. Through carefully planned and resourced lessons, which support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, we are providing them with the essentials of safeguarding issues and emotional well-being, in an environment that is respectful, safe and supportive.

By the time children reach Year 6, our PSHE lessons will have encouraged children to become self-reflective, develop their voice and strengthen their identity and self-esteem, by giving them the opportunity and confidence to contribute to society in order to become an active and good citizen.

Overview and implementation

PSHCE (Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education) education is a school subject through which pupils at Earlham, develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. At Earlham, we aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of some core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing). PSHCE learning is essential to personal development, behaviour, and welfare and safeguarding and underpins all subjects we teach at Earlham.

Earlham use a consistent approach of teaching PSHCE. This is through a whole-school approach and schemes of learning ‘Twinkle’ and ‘The Christopher Winters Project’. Both schemes of work are progressive, and aim to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. This is taught through three key projects each year; Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Wellbeing. Through this, we place strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience, nurturing mental and physical health and mindfulness. This allows children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Our children also engage in enhancing experiences such as World Mental Health Day, Anti-Bullying Week, E-safety day, which provide further PSHE knowledge and teaching.

At Earlham, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships Sex Education (RSE) is at the heart of our school ethos and runs throughout all that we do.

All year groups are taught regularly timetabled PSHE / RSE lessons with adults whom the pupils are familiar with, trust and adhere to the school’s policy and Teacher’s standards including British Values.

  • Staff follow ‘Twinkl’ and ‘The Christopher Winters Project ’which are whole school schemes, to plan their lessons and support the structure to what the National curriculum expects. Units are taught at specific times so that they coincide with calendar events, which are relevant to PSHCE.

The Curriculum is split into 6 themes and is taught so topics are re-visited in more depth to match the maturity of the pupils, as they move up the year groups:

  1. Relationships: TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) and VIPs (Very Important Persons)
  2. Living in the Wider World: Britain and Respecting Rights
  3. Living in the Wider World: Money Matters and One World
  4. Health and Wellbeing: Aiming High and Think Positive
  5. Health and Wellbeing: It’s My Body and Safety First
  6. Relationships: Be Yourself and Growing up
  • Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of each individual class and pupil and to deal with issues as they arise.
  • Lessons are delivered in a way that ensures that our children feel safe and encourages participation by using a variety of teaching approaches with opportunities to develop critical thinking and relationship skills.
  • Pupil’s voices are collected and used to ensure lessons meet the needs of our pupils.
  • Assemblies, themed days, visits and visitors are used to support and enrich the subjects being taught.
  • We work in partnership with parents informing them about what their children are learning. We give parents voices to be involved and aware of what we are teaching children.
  • Earlham’s lessons;

-promote safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships. Discussion points around real-life issues appropriate to the age and stage of pupils, including friendships, families, consent, relationship abuse, sexual exploitation and safe relationships online.

- give a positive view of human sexuality, with honest and medically accurate information, so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health in ways that are appropriate to their age and maturity.

-gives pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences (such as from peers, media, faith and culture) that may shape their attitudes to relationships and sex, and nurtures respect for different views.

-includes learning about how to get help and treatment from varies sources which range from, the school nurse and other  health and advice services, including reliable  and trusted information online.

-fosters gender equality and LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) equality and challenges all forms of discrimination.

-meet the needs of all pupils with their diverse experiences - including those with special educational needs and disabilities.