Whilst we value academic learning, our PSHE lessons provide pupils with a broad curriculum that helps them as they mature into young adults.
The programme promotes good behaviour and moral, social and cultural development. Its thematic approach gradually expands to enrich key concepts, increase knowledge, deepen understanding and develop key skills.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our PSHE programme for the Early Years is delivered in accordance with Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We focus on the Personal, Social and Emotional Development guidance which comprises three aspects: Making relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness and Managing feelings and behaviour.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Our PSHE programme for the rest of the school follows the PSHE Association’s Education Programme of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 and is based on three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
Sex and Relationships Education forms part of the PSHE programme and the Science programme. In Years 5 and 6, lessons relating to puberty, sex and relationships are taught. In the event that a parent objects to the content of a specific lesson, alternative work is provided for the relevant pupil.
There is no pass or fail for this part of the curriculum, but it gives pupils the chance to reflect on their own learning and personal experiences and to set personal goals with strategies to reach them. This process has a positive impact on young people’s self-awareness and self-esteem and there are opportunities to record learning and progress in different ways, including self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment.
Our PSHE curriculum is just one part of what the school does to help students develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding they need to fulfill their potential. In addition to the timetabled lessons, class teachers are free to dedicate more curriculum time to a specific issue. Moreover, the whole school takes part in anti-bullying week each year, ideas raised by the School Council guide how we approach PSHE and the school meets for assembly twice a week.