PSHE Curriculum Aims

At South Street we want children to lead healthy, independent lives now and in the future. We promote children’s personal and social development, including their health and well-being as a focal point of the curriculum. This is a high priority of our caring school where we create a ‘home from home environment’. We have an extremely diverse school and the celebration of this, alongside being a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, supports the curriculum and opportunities that drive our curriculum and ensure British Values are being reinforced at every opportunity. This in turn will enable children to be caring, inclusive, compassionate, and successful young people, though a curriculum that is rich, exciting, innovative and varied.

As our children progress through school, their understanding of the world is acquired by:

· Knowing what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.

· Demonstrating how to create effective relationships and caring attitudes towards others.

· Promoting the respect of differences between people.

· Catering for opportunities to develop confidence and self-awareness for making choices and decisions.

· Enabling understanding of and the management of feelings through self-awareness.

· Explaining how society works and the rights and responsibilities involved to encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness.

· Preparing children at South Street with opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.

· Supporting children in becoming independent and responsible members of the school and wider community.

Our curriculum is accessible to all learners. This allows pupils to leave South Street with the qualities and attributes needed to thrive and be confident to participate and succeed in their community.

Implementation

The PSHE curriculum at South Street follows the statutory guidance for Health and Relationships Education. Our overviews have been carefully tailored (using the Jigsaw Programme of Study) to set out learning opportunities for each year group. Based around 6 core themes: Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Healthy Me. The suggested objectives and resources are provided to support teaching and learning and each half term is supported by a launch assembly. These themes are revisited by children throughout their school journey and teaching progresses according to the age and needs of pupils. For example, in KS1, children will learn what rules are, why they are needed and the different situations that require different rules. As they progress to KS2, they learn to recognise reasons for rules and laws and the consequences of not adhering to these. PSHE and wellbeing teaching is ongoing, which means that teachers are very proactive in seeking learning opportunities throughout the school day, as well as reactive to any issues that may arise and that require teaching/support for children. The curriculum has a range of enhancement activities for each year group which extend and personalise the core topics to form a ‘South Street’ curriculum.

Learning in PSHE complements learning in a variety of areas of the curriculum, such as, R.E, computing, citizenship and science. Teachers are encouraged to make links to PSHE when teaching relevant subjects as mentioned in their year group overview. PSHE values may also be introduced in and explored within assemblies. Beyond lessons, children are encouraged to take part in a range of practical activities to promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fund-raising; the planning of special events at school; making class rules; school council meetings; and by taking on roles of responsibility for themselves, for others and for the school. These will be dependent on core topics within each year and will be at the discretion of year groups.

What you will see in a South Street PSHE Lesson

· Lessons are relevant to the children, their life and the wider world.

· Teaching covers the breath of PSHE, including Relationships Education.

· Children’s prior learning and growing understanding is revisited and reinforced using their class floor book.

· High-quality questioning to assess children’s prior knowledge, during and throughout a unit of work.

· Lessons are well-structured, engaging and stimulating.

· An emphasis on correct and ambitious vocabulary.

· High-quality verbal feedback is provided throughout lessons – in line with the Year group overviews.

· It is expected that during PSHE lessons, an emphasis will be placed on active learning through planned discussions, circle-time, investigations, stories, role-play activities, puppets, group-work and problem-solving.

· Sequenced lessons which deepen understanding and are meaningful in their delivery and impact.

· Opportunities for cross-curriculum links and enrichment activities.

· Achievement and Inclusion for all: All activities are planned, scaffolded and adapted where needed to ensure every child at South Street can achieve highly in PSHE.

Impact

Progress in our curriculum is measured by children knowing more and remembering more. In PSHE education, assessment is central to effective teaching and learning as it is in any other subject. A variety of activities may be used to assess children’s prior existing knowledge at the beginning of a unit of work in order to check understanding, attributes, skills, strategies, beliefs and attitudes, for example, questioning, mind maps, cards sort, hot seating etc. Staff also measure children’s wellbeing using the Lueven scales each half term.

If you would like further information about the curriculum, please contact Mrs Wynn in the school office.

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