(Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
The focus in primary school teaching of PSHE is to teach the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other peers and adults. Children will be taught the skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject which are set out in the EYFS Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014, where they are categorised into programmes of study.
Our PSHE curriculum enables our children to journey through their understanding of health and well-being, relationships and the world around them, whilst developing the skills and confidence to make appropriate choices. Within each topic,age-appropriate content supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities,responsibilities and experiences of life. For example, each year group identifies the characteristics and benefits of healthy relationships, relevant to their stage of development.
Progression of topics allows children to develop building blocks of knowledge and reflect upon their learning.This approach is fundamental in ensuring that the knowledge and tools they learn are transferable between contexts. Our children’s understanding of emotions and feelings creates consistency between home and school and supports learning in other subjects. Pupils increasingly take responsibility for their own and each other’s well-being through skills such as meditation and mindfulness. Healthy choices, mental health and physical fitness are developed through active experiences across the whole curriculum. Our values are most evident in our celebrations of individuality across the community, such as whole-day events to acknowledge the different challenges children and families face.
Kindness, respect and empathy are promoted at all levels throughout our school; we have a centrally-displayed kindness tree, and our active and motivated Eco Team inspires the other children through their passion, respect and love of our world. Our on-going relationship with professionals in the local community ensures that the children can experience activities that encourage expression in different ways, such as Smiley Tunes, singing and mindfulness workshops.In an ever-changing world, we constantly review and adapt our curriculum to provide, ‘A curriculum for life’.
We believe that all children should understand the following values:
National Curriculum Outline
In Early Years, the EYFS Statutory Curriculum and Development Matters document is used to plan and assess. In the Foundation Stage pupils are taught to:
- Feel safe secure and be able to trust practitioners who work with
- Learn to respect themselves and others
- Respect children's culture so that they develop a positive self-image
- Learn about relationships
- Learn about the importance of friendships
- Develop a positive disposition to learn
- Have opportunities for problem-solving
In Key Stage 1 and 2, lessons are planned and taught to ensure cross-strand coverage of all of the key PSHE strands, in line with the National Curriculum .
In Year One the focus is: working well with others; other people are special too; caring for myself (growing and caring for our self); caring for others and keeping safe and looking forward.
In Year Two the focus is: who is in charge? Celebrating and recognising differences (process of growing from young to old); my body is important; changing friendships and taking charge and looking forward.
In Year Three the focus is: settling in; focus on feelings; keeping safe in school (valuing differences and keeping safe); in someone else’s shoes and people and their work.
In Year Four the focus is: feeling good; keeping healthy; changes in families; ups and downs in relationships; keeping safe outside of school and looking ahead (growing up).
In Year Five the focus is: who decides? Risks and pressures; we are all different; it’s my body (puberty); being involved in the community and looking at the world.
In Year Six the focus is: Managing conflict; the world of work; taking responsibility for my own safety; changing relationships (puberty, relationships and reproduction); rights, responsibilities and the law; transition and managing change.
Our Long-Term Plan for KS1 and KS2
Our PSHE Progression document
Why is PSHE so important?
In all PSHE lessons at Grappenhall Heys, pupils are encouraged to have positive attitudes to the learning and build positive relationships with peers and adults. Children are given the skills to understand what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are that can support them.
Why are PSHE skills so important?
PSHE skills:- enable children to treat others with kindness, consideration and respect; the importance of honesty and truthfulness; permission seeking and giving; developing resilience and the concept of personal privacy.
With support and guidance, children will demonstrate good choice making, be reflective and resourceful learners who feel empowered to risk take and develop their knowledge of difference cultures and be respectful of diversity.
How is my child assessed?
Alongside regular informal assessments, staff record pupils’ progress against year group specific PSHE targets termly. In the Early Years on going assessment is used; children’s progress is clearly marked and tracked in children’s individual trackers. Staff communicate with parents on a regular basis and parents receive annual written reports and are invited into parents' evenings to discuss progress.
Pupil Voice Visits from our wider community
Additional Resources and information
The important role of sleep on your Mental Health
There are lots simple things you can try to improve your sleep, like going to bed at a similar time each evening, and staying off your phone an hour before bed. Visit Every Mind Matters for more sleep tips and advice #EveryMindMatters #sleep
Links to sleep webpage: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-how-to-fall-asleep-and-sleep-better
Relax like a cat relaxation exercise - A guided relaxation, using the analogy of a cat, to ease any anxiety and create a sense of calm for children
This resource supports children and young people to not only express their feelings but identify why they are feeling in a particular way