PSHE is taught as part of our Life Skills curriculum alongside RE. It provides knowledge and skills to help our children develop into confident, responsible and reflective 21st century citizens, who understand, value and celebrate themselves and others.
Following the statutory guidance for Relationships Education and Health Education, children learn skills to help them to establish and maintain healthy friendships and family relationships, as well be able to recognise and address when any relationship is making them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. The curriculum emphasises the importance of well-being and children learn about how to be mentally and physically healthy.
The curriculum is organised into whole school themes (Families and Friendships; Respect and Relationships; Safe, Healthy and Happy) which the children revisit each year, consolidating and building up their knowledge and skills. Additionally, children learn the language needed to express and their own ideas and explore those of other empathetically.
Our Life Skills curriculum gives pupils tools they need to thrive and be independent in their lives. For example, they learn the importance of manners to enable them to communicate confidently with adults and other children. Through role-play and discussion, they learn how to manage conflicts that may arise in their own relationships independently.
We take part in national events, such as Remembrance Day, Show Racism the Red Card and Anti-Bullying Week, that support the lessons learnt in our PSHE sessions.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
SMSC forms an integral part of our PSHE curriculum:
Spiritual – IN PSHE, pupils learn to value their own beliefs, values and ideas and those of others. They are taught to be reflective and appreciative of the world they live in while also understanding how it is possible to make changes in the world.
Moral – Pupils learn about the positive and negative consequences of their behaviour on their bodies, brains and social lives. They learn to solve conflicts in their own friendships, and who they can turn to for help when they feel they cannot.
Social – We teach children about the language of discussion and debate so that that can communicate their views to others respectfully, whatever their background. In Life Skills lessons, pupils follow our ground rules, which are based on the Fundamental British Values.
Cultural- Through discussions, children learn to embrace and explore the diversity of viewpoints. We make use of classic and contemporary art, music and stories as stimuli in our Life Skills sessions in order to bolster children’s cultural development.