Personal, Social and Health Education
The informal aspects of PSHE come from the day-to-day life of the school where teachers promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of pupils.
When children understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences, they are able to form effective, respectful, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Children reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up, for example, sharing feelings, leading a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Children find out about social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the community. Pupils’ opinions are highly valued and opportunities are provided for the ‘pupil voice’ to be heard e.g. through the School Council, Charity voting, The Big Debate etc. Six main themes are followed through the year; Being Me In My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. These also link into our themes for worship.
Visits are arranged to support the curriculum from the police liaison officer, medical professionals, the safer cycling team and fire service and Year 6 children take part in a ‘Safer Travel’ session, run by Transport for London.
Our aims in teaching PSHE are to enable children to –
- gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy (physically and mentally), independent lives and become informed, active and responsible citizens
- recognise their own worth
- work well with others and resolve conflicts effectively whilst respecting and celebrating diversity
- become increasingly responsible for their own learning and behaviour
- develop their resilience to setbacks and take pride in their achievements which will allow them to flourish and have fulfilled lives