Our person, social, health and relationships education (PSHRE) programme promotes children’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
At Percy Main, children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority, and PSHRE is the key vehicle through which we share this with the children. We regard PSHRE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos.
We aim to :
- Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children and of society.
- Prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and will face in adult life.
- Provide information about keeping healthy and safe emotionally and physically.
- Encourage our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment.
Our PSHRE curriculum (Appendix 1) is taught from Year 1 to Year 6, with EYFS following the Early Years Development Matters strand of the Early Years curriculum.
PSHRE is taught under the following headings to ensure a broad and balanced coverage that has a progressive nature.
Health and Wellbeing – Children will be taught what constitutes a healthy lifestyle as well as how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. They will be aware of safety issues, including how to respond to an emergency and they will know how to manage change, including puberty, transition and loss. We work with a variety of external agencies to support our teaching in this strand including Nexus, RNLI, Commando Joes and North East Ambulance Service.
This is grouped under the headings:
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Growing and Changing
- Keeping Safe
Relationships - Children will develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social and cultural contexts. They will be taught how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships and how to recognise risky or negative relationships, including all forms of bullying, abuse and coercive relationships, and how /who to ask for help. Children are also taught how to respect equality and diversity in relationships. We work with a variety of external agencies to support our teaching in this strand including Operation Encompass and NSPCC.
The teaching is grouped under the headings:
- Feeling and Emotions
- Healthy Relationships
- Valuing Difference
Living in the Wider World – Children will learn the importance of responsible behaviours and actions. They will learn to be responsible and independent members of the school community as well as positive and active members of a democratic society. Children will know the importance of respecting and protecting the environment. They will develop self confidence and self esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues. They are taught and encouraged to develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community and have a good understanding of where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively. We also introduce children to the basic of enterprise during the course of the year.
The teaching is grouped under the headings:
- Rights and Responsibilities
PSHE is delivered within a school approach which includes:
- Dedicated curriculum time
- Teaching PSHE through and in other subjects / curriculum areas
- Circle time
- Specialised assemblies
- Pastoral care and guidance
- Visiting speakers
Children at Percy main learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider word and the interdependence of communities within it.
They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. As they begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with support and encouragement from Percy Main. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; and to resist bullying.
Assessment and Recording
Children are informally assessed throughout every lesson. Recording of work will be in a form appropriate to the planned focus and will be shown in the teacher’s planning. Evidence of PSHRE will be in a variety of forms e.g. photographs as well as written work. The very nature of PSHRE means that careful consideration should be given to the best means of recording. Written work may not always be appropriate and staff will use their professional judgement in this.