Welcome to PSHE at St Clare’s
PSHE Curriculum Statement
At St Clare’s, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Our Pupil Premium and children with SEND have been carefully considered when planning the curriculum content, resources and delivery.
At St Clare’s Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education 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. We 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. 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.
Our intent is to build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education HE) whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
PSHE Association evaluated research ‘A case for PSHE’ indicates that PSHE when taught well - helps keep children and young people safe, physically and emotionally healthy and prepared for life and work.
PSHE Association evaluated research ‘PSHE, Academic Attainment and Employability’ indicates that growing evidence suggests that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils' academic achievement, employability and future life chances.
Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
St Clare’s have an embedded a PSHE scheme of Work called 1decision and a Relationships and Sex Education resource called Life to the Full.
The following resources embed social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) within a whole school PSHE programme. The scheme of work includes:
Keeping and staying safe
Keeping and staying healthy
Growing and changing
Feelings and emotions
The working world
The world without Judgement
The Scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values, SMSC and schools Key skills into the curriculum.
The spiral curriculum starts in Year 1 and follows the children through to Year 6. The distribution of the lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year such as Anti-bullying Week.
1decision uses open learning activities which suit the ethos of PSHE. All learning activities used in 1decision allow opportunities for discussion and debate. Open learning activities provide an opportunity for students for pupils 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.
Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
All children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national expectations and behaviour will be good.
Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
All children will become healthy and responsible members of society
All Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
At St Clare’s we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils, including our Pupil Premium students and those with SEND. We expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.
PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
Healthy Eating Week
In a recent pupil voice survey, children told us that they would like to learn more about how they can lead a healthy lifestyle. We therefore took the opportunity to promote the theme by celebrating Healthy Eating Week.
Children in all year groups completed a range of activities to learn about what a healthy diet looks like, how we can incorporate it into our lives and the effects diet has on our bodies and minds.
At St Clare's, we work closely with Manchester Healthy Schools.
This year, we are going to be having a focus on drugs and alcohol education. If you would like to find out more about what children learn in school and how you can talk to them about about drugs and alcohol at home, please click on the link. https://en-gb.padlet.com/healthyschools/parentsandcarers.
Relationships & Sex Education
Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to fill in the questionnaire regarding Relationships and Sex Education. Your feedback has been incredibly useful in helping us to make key decisions.
As I am unable to meet with you, as I normally would this year, I have put together a video outlining what will be taught in each key stage.
I have put all of the information about the key decisions we have made, at the beginning of the video. This way, those of you who have already used the parent portal to familiarise yourselves with the resource, will not need to watch the whole video.
I have also included information about the right to withdraw from any of the non statutory lessons.
Please watch the videos below:
PSHE Overview May 2021