How is PSHCE taught in our school?
Personal, Social, and Health Education and Citizenship Education (PSHE&C) enables pupils to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, attitudes and values which are necessary for them to make sense of the responsibilities, opportunities and experiences which are part of their lives, both now & in the future. PSHE and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help their sense of self worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
The aims of personal, social and health education and citizenship are to enable the children to:
* Stay as healthy as possible;
* learn to keep themselves and others safe;
* develop effective & satisfying relationships ;
* learn to respect the differences between people;
* be independent and responsible members of the school community;
* be positive and active members of a democratic society;
* develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
* develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
PSHE & Citizenship is taught in a variety of ways both within and outside the curriculum. In some instances, aspects of PSHE & Citizenship may be taught as a discreet subject, and to a large extent it can be covered through other subjects and topics. However, we advocate that PSHE features within the Primary curriculum as a discrete lesson, varying between 30 – 45 mins, depending upon the age of the children being taught and the aspect of the subject being delivered.
PSHE & Citizenship is also developed through activities, assemblies & whole-school events. For example, the school council representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss relevant issues. A residential visit to Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire is offered in Key Stage 2, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self esteem & giving them opportunities to develop leadership & co-operative skills. In addition, Year 6 pupils annually visit Crucial Crew which is a purpose built facility with a focus on the Police, First aid, internet safety, fire safety and anti social behaviour.