PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
and Relationships, Health Education
At St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School, we believe that PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Our personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) programme promotes children's personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It provides information about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically; encourage our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment.
As a Church of England school, our Christian vision and values are central to all we do. Our mission statement, Jesus said, “Come live your life the way God wants you to”, motivates us to look to Jesus as our guiding light. He inspires us to live out our Christian values and to strive for Excellence in all that we do; celebrating life in all its fullness. Our values of compassion, thankfulness, friendship, peace, responsibility and forgiveness underpin our approach to PSHE. Our teaching of PSHE is intrinsic within all aspects of our broad curriculum allowing our children to develop the moral compass required to make positive choices in life.
At St Thomas’, children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority; we therefore regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos. Our PSHE Curriculum enables children to become aware of their own and of others mental and physical wellbeing through celebrating diversity and acceptance of others.
Our broad Curriculum allows children opportunities to become more independent and responsible members of society and experience life outside of their own locality and to understand the diversity of the world in which we live. Through themed days and experiences, pupils are provided with skills needed to enable them to lead fulfilling lives with the highest of aspirations. We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the wider community. In so doing, we help develop their sense of self-worth and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a community which inspires them to be the very best version of themselves.
Teaching & learning will be sensitive to individual needs and will focus on, and support the children’s self-esteem. At St Thomas’ we teach PSHE through three different adapted schemes of work; Heartsmart, The Christopher Winter’s scheme and PSHE Association. As a Church school we deliver PSHE through the HeartSmart Church School scheme of work which is adapted for individual classes and focuses on the 5 main Heartsmart principles of; Don’t forget to let love in; Too much selfie isn’t healthy; Don’t rub it in, rub it out; Fake is a mistake and No way through isn’t true.
The Christopher Winter Project scheme is delivered from Reception through to Year 6 in a spiral Curriculum (meaning knowledge is built upon and is progressive from year to year) for Relationships & Sex Education schemes of work and lesson plans that combine a range of teaching styles and active learning techniques. The Christopher Winter Project scheme lessons have increased focus on families, relationships, safeguarding/keeping children safe and added additional units on Respect and Equality. We encourage children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends (please refer to our RSE Policy).
The PSHE Association scheme of work and objectives are used for our focused themed days of our broad and balanced PSHE Curriculum to provide children with a wealth of experiences such as economic wellbeing, money, aspirations and careers and taking care of the environment- rights and responsibilities and our healthy lifestyles ‘well-being’ themed week.
We deliver PSHE in one timetabled session per week in every year. In addition, PSHE objectives will also be taught through the following means:
- Through individual subjects/themes within the curriculum, e.g. people who help us in EYFS.
- Through statutory planned aspects of the science curriculum e.g. healthy eating.
- Through story/ circle time and class worships where appropriate.
- Through PSHE and RSE lessons using PSHE Association Quality mark approved Christopher Winter Project Scheme of work; ‘Teaching RSE with confidence in Primary schools’ (2020) and Heartsmart which are age appropriate schemes of work.
- Through planned visits from external visitors, such as members of the community.
Each PSHE lesson starts with ground rules to ensure pupils are comfortable and will only ask questions they feel are appropriate and relevant to the lesson. Each lesson usually follows a similar structure but may be different depending on the unit being covered.
Children will take part in a short, independent or group/ class task where they will be required to retrieve previously gained knowledge or any knowledge if starting a new unit. The children may have acquired this knowledge in a previous lesson, unit of work or even a previous year group. This task is designed to strengthen our pupils’ memories of key knowledge, enabling them to permanently remember and make progress across the PSHE curriculum.
Children will be introduced to key vocabulary/specific terminology at the beginning and throughout the lesson. This may be a Heartsmart principle focus for the lesson. Children will be asked to apply them during the lesson. Teachers will provide age appropriate definitions for words outlined in each lesson plan and key stage.
The teacher will share the knowledge/ information for the lesson with the children. This is an opportunity for children to listen to and understand the new information. A Bible quote may be shared in relation to the Heartsmart lesson.
Children will work with a partner to complete a short task or discuss new information. Children will be expected to apply their understanding of the new information taught. They may be given a scenario, questions, flash cards, pictures, statements, quizzes, games or problems.
The children will now work independently on a task. This may be a written task/ labelling task or generating a response to a scenario or problem that will require the children to apply everything they have learned.
Books/ Scrapbooks –Pupils will have individual PSHE exercise books for individual work to be completed in. If a lesson includes group activities or practical work evidence these are recorded in class Scrapbooks.
Assessment – Assessment of PSHE should continuously be used to inform teaching. Teachers should assess children on knowledge goals on a termly basis and informally throughout units. End of unit Heartsmart assessment lessons and grids are to be completed.