PHSE at Blakehill
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
At Blakehill Primary School, it is our vision to inspire children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our school, society and the wider world. Our PHSE curriculum provides all pupils with opportunities to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
At Blakehill Primary School, our intent is to build a PSHE curriculum, which develops learning, and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, enabling children to access the wider curriculum, work collaboratively with others and make a positive contribution to the life of the school. Our curriculum will prepare children to be a global citizen in a diverse society and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. We are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils.
We strive to provide our children with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. Through assemblies, life skills sessions, interventions, links with the local communities, fundraising opportunities, visitors and national and international events we provide enrichment opportunities to contextualise learning. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
Teaching and learning in the classroom shows progression across Key Stages within the PSHE core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more. Teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with an age-appropriate, sound understanding of risk, with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions and to recognise the importance of their own mental health and well-being. Our PSHE curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of RSE, as set out in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
Our PSHE curriculum ensures all children are taught the statutory content outlined in the national curriculum and in statutory guidance, such as drugs education, citizenship, personal safety, relationships education and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. This includes learning about healthy positive relationships, including families and friendships. In addition, children in years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to learn about body changes and puberty.
Our PSHE curriculum also includes ‘Digital Citizenship’. These lessons teach children about responsible online behaviour and how to stay safe when using the Internet
We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community including, for example, working alongside members of our local community or raising money for a range of local and national charities.
We provide opportunities so that when children leave us they are equipped with the skills needed to make healthy life choices, build positive relationships and to make a positive contribution to society
All children understand the importance of PSHE, RE, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school, this is evident through termly pupil voice and PSHE coverage monitoring by the curriculum leader. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our effective PSHE programme tackles barriers to learning, raises aspirations, and improves the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. By the time children leave our school, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our learners to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It helps them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Our curriculum allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.