Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education
Our intention is that when children leave Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being. It will also give them the skills they need to maintain good physical health.
Our PSHE curriculum helps children to develop knowledge and skills which will enable them to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be global citizens. It will teach our children how to respect others, and how to contribute to wider society and life in Britain. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, the objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ alongside the TenTen® scheme of work for Early Years.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two - At Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work using TenTen© which is in line with the National Curriculum and the Catholic Faith. TenTen© is a progressive scheme of work with the aim of helping children to ‘live life to the full’. This is supplemented with assemblies which focus on all areas of PSHE, including First Aid. Children also have visits from external agencies, such as NSPCC, to enhance their learning. We believe that Pupil Voice is key and that PSHE should address the concerns and needs of our children. Each lesson gives the children the opportunity to share their thoughts and questions. Any needs arising from this are addressed in future lessons or with the support of external agencies.
We encourage our children to develop a growth mindset which will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. Our ‘Bee Attitudes’ complement PSHE teaching by making explicit some of the values which will help our children in the wider world. Our Bee Attitudes are: Bee Responsible; Bee Restorative; Bee Kind; Bee Forgiving; Bee Understanding; Bee Respectful and Bee Your Best Self.
Our children learn strategies to support their wellbeing. Each day begins with a wellbeing check-in. This helps children to think about how they feel and allows staff to recognise those children needing who may need support. Children are able to access pastoral support where specific strategies are used to help the children regulate their emotions. We want our children to feel safe and happy at school and all staff are mindful to ensure that all children feel valued. We do this through greeting every child personally each morning and giving the children time to share anything that is on their mind. Teachers model positive behaviours, such as being respectful and using good manners.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
- be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others.
- have a positive self esteem