The curriculum is built on the fact children need to be aware of themselves and the world around them, open to learning and questioning values and beliefs in an open-ended way. Their social development is helped by building a sense of identity in a multi-cultural society.
PSHE helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities, helping them to flourish.
PSHE at Eastcourt is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils.
We aim for a high quality PSHE curriculum which develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk management, team working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing).
Our curriculum has been adapted to ensure opportunities for all learners are equal, irrespective of SEN, gender, ethnicity, background or beliefs. We aim to do this by placing a greater focus on practical role-play scenarios where children have the opportunity to develop their language acquisition skills. This helps us to focus on real-life experiences and understanding of different social scenarios which ensures all learners have an equal chance to succeed.
We use the PSHE Association curriculum, which has been amended to meet the specific needs of our children. In Reception, PSHE is taught as parts of the ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ and the ‘Understanding the World’ aspects of the curriculum. Our curriculum is delivered through whole class, small group and 1:1 learning with a mixture of adult-led learning and some child-initiated learning with sustained shared thinking.
Across the rest of the school, PSHE is taught as a subject in its own right but also alongside Art, History, Design and Technology etc. This is a deliberate decision in response to the teachers’ views as well as the high priority we place on deepening knowledge. In order for children to be excited and inspired, it is important to us that they are fully immersed in the learning and can make links to other knowledge acquired – within PSHE and across the curriculum, rather than seeing learning in isolation. The timetabling of PSHE is flexible, depending on the topic-learning journey. However, the timings average to approximately 1 hour per week. This ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and secure knowledge retention and skills progression.
Our curriculum focuses upon the three strands: relationships; living in the wider world; and health and well-being. These focuses are re-visited each year as part of a spiral curriculum. Each year, we aim to build upon current skills, ensuring it is age appropriate and relevant to the needs of our children. As a school, we actively seek opportunities to enrich our curriculum with real-life experiences and scenarios. We have invited a range of guest speakers, such as local police, councillors, and other important members of our community who help to bring our learning to life. We are always actively looking for new and inspiring experiences which can enhance our PSHE provision.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help 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. 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. It 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. At Eastcourt PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and is closely linked to the school’s safeguarding, SMSC and British Values Policies.
Personal, Social, Health Education is central to our curriculum; it helps children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through PSHE, pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
The personal and social development of pupils underpins our curriculum. Through a carefully planned programme, supported by all who work in or with the school, we want children to leave Eastcourt ready for the transition into secondary school and adult life. Our framework for PSHE embeds the three strands – health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, as well as the statutory aspects of the Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education guidance.