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Personal, Social and Health Education

INTENT

At Southwold, we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an imperative part of the curriculum and is vital in ensuring our children are healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our aim is to provide children with a knowledge of their world: locally, nationally and globally and give them the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues.

We live in a diverse society and our local community is dynamic. We ensure that our children respect and welcome all beliefs, cultures, and value difference. Children have many opportunities to learn about our ‘core values’ and the rights and responsibilities that every member of society should have.

Our PSHE programme of study has a large focus on enabling children to discuss their well-being and teaches them ways to effectively manage this. PSHE is an important part of school life where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates the British Values and supports children’s understanding of these in a meaningful context. Assemblies provide further opportunities to discuss British Values, Protected Characteristics and the UNICEF Rights of the Child.

IMPLEMENTATION

At Southwold, we have carefully planned PSHE lessons that follow a clear and comprehensive scheme of work, in line with the National Curriculum. Pupils are taught using the SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) spiral curriculum.  PSHE is taught in each year group throughout the school.  The curriculum we deliver is age-appropriate and progressive, building the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills year on year.  There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.  The scheme covers six units:

    • Me and My Relationships
    • Valuing Difference
    • Keeping Myself Safe
    • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Being My Best
    • Growing and Changing

These units address the following themes:

    • Families and people who care for me
    • Caring friendships
    • Respectful relationships
    • Online relationships
    • Being safe
    • Mental wellbeing
    • Internet safety and harms
    • Physical Health and fitness
    • Healthy eating
    • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
    • Health and prevention
    • Basic First Aid
    • Changing adolescent body

Curriculum

Our PSHE lessons from EYFS – Yr 6 provide lots of opportunities for group and paired discussion. Children are reminded to be respectful of each other in order for all children to feel free to share their ideas and opinions. It is important that everyone feels valued and included.

The lessons are recorded in floor books which record the ideas of the group and individual pupils. They often include photographs and are used to recall prior learning and reflection. PSHE is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and the objectives are often reinforced in other aspects of the curriculum. We deliver our PSHE curriculum through focused assemblies, PSHE lessons, science lessons, wiser curriculum learning and well-being sessions.

PSHE in the Wider Curriculum 

We believe that focusing on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This is reflected through PSHE aims and core values.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education

At Southwold Primary, we have a tailored approach to the teaching of RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education). We use the SCARF unit of work, Growing and Changing across all year groups. The curriculum we deliver is age-appropriate and progressive, building the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills year on year.  We work to objectives in each year group that support the outcomes outlined in the government RSHE guidance.

Online Safety

Online Safety is paramount in today’s changing world and therefore online safety lessons are built into both the PSHE and Computing Curriculum. SCARF have mapped their lessons to the National Curriculum, ensuring that by following the SCARF lesson plans, the lessons meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. SCARF lessons are carefully planned as part of a spiral curriculum, covering all subjects in an age-appropriate way.

Picture News for Schools

We use’ ‘PictureNews’ in assemblies to help children learn about current affairs and issues in the world around us. We learn about British Values and the protected characteristics. During the school year, pupils have opportunities to practice democracy through debating and voting.

Enrichment

We aim to use external speakers to enhance our delivery of PSHE.  All external speakers deliver in line with our PSHE policy and safeguarding procedures. Visitors include:

    • MHST
    • NSPCC biannually
    • Annual Road Safety quiz in the Spring term
    • School Health when needed to help deliver health sessions
    • Mini-Police
    • Water safety
    • Fire service
    • Bikeability
    • Into University
    • Mini Police

IMPACT

At Southwold, our PSHE curriculum and wider provision will ensure that children will be equipped to support their decision making in regards to their wellbeing, health and relationships.

Children start their journey in school, treating each other with kindness and respect. Our embedded whole school vision to nurture children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development supports them to foster good relationships. Children build upon their understanding of British Values in an age appropriate way, in order for them to become positive citizens in a forever changing community and ultimately preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.

By the end of each key stage, children will have had the opportunities to meet the end of key stage statements in line with the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

Children will have enhanced knowledge and understanding through our quality links with our multi-cultural community. Through real life experience, our carefully selected external visitors will promote the teaching of different aspects of our PSHE curriculum.

Ultimately, our overarching aims and objectives in supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, enables pupils to develop the ability to collaborate, build upon their emotional security, improve concentration due to a focus on their wellbeing as well as ensuring children are self-reliant with an understanding of self-care and nutrition. We aim for children to end their journey moving onto the next stage of their education with self-confidence and a high sense of self-worth.

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