Personal, social,health and citizenship education (PSHCE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing, we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through our School ethos, Circle Time, Assemblies, School Council, School Captains and the Citizenship Award. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. Our objective is to enable children and young people to embrace change, feel positive about themselves and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. In terms of economic well-being and financial capability, we aim to teach young people to develop as questioning and informed consumers and learn to manage their money and finances effectively.
The aims of personal, social and health education and citizenship are to enable the children to:
- know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
- be aware of safety issues;
- understand what makes for good relationships with others;
- have respect for others;
- be independent and responsible members of the school community, demonstrating behaviours adopted in our school values (Reverence, Trust, Compassion, Friendship, Trust);
- be positive and active members of a democratic society;
- develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
- develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community;
- learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms through studying laws, justice and democracy.
The Teaching of PSHCE
We teach PSHCE and citizenship in a variety of ways. We currently use Heartsmart as a primary means of delivering the PSHCE curriculum.
We often teach PSHCE and citizenship in a cross-curricular way, although there are times when discrete lessons are more appropriate to the content being delivered. As there is a large overlap between the programme of study for Religious Education and the aims of PSHE and citizenship, we teach a considerable amount of the PSHE and citizenship through our religious education lessons.
We also develop PSHE and citizenship through activities and whole-school events, e.g. Eco-club, the Life Education Caravan, Road Safety workshops and Play Leaders. We also offer residential visits to Hinning House /Low Bank Ground, Lockerbie and France in Key Stage 2, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operative skills.
PSHCE in Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage, PSHCE is taught through the Prime Area of Learning - Personal, Social and Emotional Development. It is an integral part of the children's learning and development. We support the children in developing the skills required to meet Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage.
It is important that our curriculum is relevant to our pupils and to this end, our PSHCE and Computing Curriculum includes elements of 'e-safety' to educate our pupils about ways they can stay safe online. An annual e-safety week helps to highlight the importance of this subject.