Our intent is to promote protected characteristics in an age-appropriate context as well as to help pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our PSHE scheme will tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of all children including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
Growth mindset is an aspect we promote and through this we aim to provide children with a vital tool for life, regulating their emotions, building emotional resilience whilst enhancing their ability to focus and concentrate, both of which will help to optimise learning.
We deliver statutory and non-statutory PSHE and Citizenship objectives through a spiral curriculum. Our curriculum is divided into three core areas:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
We teach PSHE and Citizenship for three half terms in each year group. The schemes of work offer vital life skills through engaging selection of lessons. The six units we teach are:
- TEAM (together everyone achieves more)
- Be Yourself
- Growing Up
- It’s My Body
- Diverse Britain
- Aiming High
As with other areas of our curriculum, each unit provides an enquiry question; ‘big questions’ that children will be able to answer by the end of the unit. Due to the nature of PSHE lessons, communication skills and relationships are developed effectively and children are taught how to be resilient and how to positively face change. Outside of PSHE lessons, many other aspects of school help develop well-rounded and equipped individuals; positive relationships with staff, celebration of achievements, outdoor lessons, opportunities to share pupil views, the arts, after school clubs, visitors and road safety lessons. We aim to ensure that pupils leave Year 6 with the skills required to successfully live in today’s world and their next phase of education.
The intended impact of our PSHE teaching is to enable pupils to develop their emotional literacy and social skills, being aware of their own thoughts and feelings as they happen and developing strategies to help manage them. The purpose of RSHE is to focus on all kinds of relationships, mental health, and the integration of other communities and cultures.
The scheme of work is designed to enable skills to be acquired throughout the course of the year and be built upon as each year progresses. The skills acquired are not subject specific and can be utilised throughout their school life and beyond. The intended impact is also that pupils will also have developed into well-rounded individuals who are ready for the next stage in their life and education.