PSHE Curriculum Statement
At Breckon Hill Primary School: Personal, Social and Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, religious and cultural development is also 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.
Our PSHE Curriculum aims to develop the skills and attributes of resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
Research to Support the School Statement
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.
PSHE Statement of Intent
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. At Breckon Hill Primary School PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a 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 their rights and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Pupil participation is integral to the school’s vision and ethos; there are clear structures in place to capture pupils’ voice and pupils have a range of opportunities to influence decisions that affect them within our school. 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 curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE). Breckon Hill Primary School will provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and will prepare them with opportunities and experiences for later life.
Breckon Hill Primary School have an embedded Family Planning Association (FPA) Programme of Study, whereby children become familiar with two main characters (Yasmine and Tom) to build upon their learning as they transition throughout the school. We believe this programme of study provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum and the PSHE Association key concepts. The programme of study build upon these core themes:
· My Body
· Keeping Safe
· Online Safety
The programme of study allows key themes to be explored throughout the year: Harvest and Foodbank (community impact), Rights Respecting Schools, Parliament Week, Anti-bullying Week, Interfaith Week, Getting to know the PDSA, Bikeability, NSPCC and more.
FPA uses open learning activities that suit the ethos of PSHE. All learning activities used in ‘FPA allow opportunities for discussion and debate. Open learning activities provide an opportunity for children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitude. Never underestimate the impact of children debating or discussing- even practising using language or talking about feelings as these can help them develop key skills for the future.
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Alongside the PSHE and our spiritual, moral, religious and cultural development we believe our curriculum is enhanced with Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C is a teaching methodology that helps develop pupils’ critical thinking and enables them to engage with quite complex global issues. Our intent is to use P4C to promote a forum for open dialogue in which children ask questions, debate opinions, thoughts and explore alternatives and above all, they try to understand each other. It is an opportunity for philosophical thinking, which can be transferred into any subject in the curriculum. Through P4C sessions, we intend for children to be challenged and to think independently in collaborative classroom communities. We believe talk is more memorable through philosophy as children will demonstrate they have improved reasoning ability. Children will be able to demonstrate that they can support their views with reasons and there will be improvements in pupil’s communication skills, confidence and concentration.
We expect teachers to use the 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 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 daily class reflections where children’s spiritual, moral, religious and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.