“Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” - Unknown
What is PSHE?
PSHE is Personal, Social and Health Education.
The Department for Education published statutory guidance for Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE in June 2019. This ensures that every child is guaranteed a PSHE education that covers mental health and wellbeing, physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid) and learning about safe, healthy relationships, including understanding consent and negotiating life online.
At St Dennis Primary Academy, we plan the subject in three areas:
- Health and Wellbeing - physical, mental and emotional health.
- Relationships - relationships with friends, family and strangers including online safety and intimate relationships.
- Living in the wider world – citizenship, environmental and economic education.
What will my child be taught?
At St Dennis Primary Academy we take pride in ensuring pupils develop a healthy understanding of:
What is St Dennis Primary Academy’s approach to PSHE?
Our aim at St Dennis Primary Academy is to provide pupils with a knowledge of the world we live in, locally, nationally and globally and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up within this. We aim to have a PSHE curriculum that ties in with the school’s visions and values and that provides the children in our care with a programme of study that matches their specific needs. Teachers will be knowledgeable of the school’s agreed programme of study for PSHE and all pupils will receive purposefully planned explicit and implicit learning opportunities. PSHE will be embedded in the wider curriculum across the school and will underpin all learning that takes place. We aim for pupils to feel that their voices are valued as they contribute to both the school and wider community.
St Dennis Primary Academy has a PSHE curriculum that focuses on the three areas of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Our school follows a personalised, well thought out plan that provides progression across the year groups and ensures detailed coverage of all the topics. Continuing Professional Development takes place to highlight changes to PSHE education and planning time is given to ensure that PSHE is woven into the wider curriculum across all year groups. Both a School Council and Eco Club have been formed and pupil voice has a high priority across the school. Circle Time sessions take place weekly in all classes, involving all pupils and members of staff. The school community takes part in national campaigns related to PSHE such as Antibullying Week and Safer Internet Day. Real life opportunities are provided where possible, including visitors and trips. Display and assemblies support PSHE teaching and act as visual and verbal reminders for pupils.
Our PSHE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is sequenced to demonstrate progression in knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Children deepen their understanding of how to be healthy, safe, well informed individuals within the world around them.
We measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways:
- Children demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Children demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and behaviour is consistently good.
- Children achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
- Children become healthy and responsible members of society.
- Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
- Children develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- Children understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
- Children have respect for themselves and others.
How do British Values link to the PSHE curriculum?
PSHE links well with British Values as many of the topics are intertwined. Pupils at St Dennis Primary Academy have experience of democracy when electing both School Council and Eco club members. They can exercise individual liberty when deciding upon changes they would like to see made within school. The rule of law is adopted when classes create their own Circle Time rules and tolerance and mutual respect are learnt about through occasions such as Antibullying Week, where lessons are planned to specifically meet the needs of our children.
Linking PSHE with the community is key to immerse pupils in learning whilst providing real life context. At St Dennis Primary Academy we welcome visits from the local Police and Fire crews when learning about keeping safe. Pupils go into the local community to do litter picks and traffic surveys when learning about environmental issues. Parents and carers are invited into school for our ‘Fabulous Finishes’ to share our education and visits to places such as our local church and leisure centre are a frequent occurrence. Achievements outside of school are also celebrated on our weekly newsletter and the children take part in national fundraising campaigns.
How to support PSHE teaching at home
The best way to support your child with their PSHE learning at home is through discussions and open conversations. There are lots of great websites which have content and activities to share with your child. Here are some to explore together: