What is the intention behind our teaching of PSHE?
At St. Joseph’s we are committed to offering a PSHE curriculum which is broad and balanced to ensure every child not only has access to a range of educational experiences but reaches their full God-given potential whatever their starting points or circumstance.
Our personal, social, health, emotional and economic education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. We aim to deliver a curriculum which is accessible for all and which will maximise the outcomes for every child. PSHE aims to help the children 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 provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and to 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 our parish church Our Lady of Lourdes.
We aim to support our pupils to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. The PSHE curriculum also provides pupils with opportunities to reach their God-given potential, be physically and mentally healthy and make a valuable contribution to society. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and meets expectations of equality and inclusion policies whilst developing our learners within the ethos and ambition of our school.
How is PSHE taught at our school?
At St. Joseph’s PSHE, including SMSC and British values, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within other subject areas and also through school assemblies. We provide a curriculum for all which is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge (see knowledge and skills progression) building upon learning from EYFS through to KS2. Collective worship, both whole school and in the classroom, makes links to our PSHE scheme of work and also our Catholic Values. Prayer is linked to our RHE work and Mindfulness is part of our PSHE curriculum and school life.
The curriculum is underpinned by the Ten:Ten RHE programme, Learning and Growing RE curriculum and Health for Life schemes of work with additional enrichment assemblies throughout the year. The PSHE lead is responsible for the monitoring of the subject. Clear outcomes focus and guide all PSHE development plans and drive improvement. Our curriculum enables pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations. We ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support.
Our topics complement key campaigns throughout the year such as Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Month and Mental Health Week. High quality teaching responds to the needs of the children and situations which may arise in particular year groups. Visitors such as the emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
How do we measure the impact of our PSHE curriculum?
Our children are happy learners with PSHE. They experience a wide range of learning challenges which will help them prepare for later life.
- be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
- recognise and demonstrate Catholic Virtues as set out in the Catholic School Pupil Profile
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- understand the physical aspects involved in RHE at an age-appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others.
- have a positive self esteem
Black History Month
At St Joseph's we have adopted the ‘Life to the Full’ by ‘Ten Ten’ scheme to deliver RHE in our school. Ten Ten is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work and this scheme has been approved by our diocese. It provides a fully-resourced, creative, media-rich scheme of work in Relationships Education and RSE that meets the statutory guidelines All the sessions are age-appropriate and meet the needs of all pupils in the class.
The Life to the Full programme is based on ‘A Model Catholic RHE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. Therefore, we have confidence that the programme will be fit for purpose in supporting the growth and development of the children of St. Joseph's.
The programme adopts a spiral approach so that as children go through the programme year-after-year, their learning will develop and grow with each stage building on the last.
Themes and topics covered by the end of the primary phase.
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring relationships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
Physical health and mental well-being
- Mental wellbeing
- Internet safety and harms
- Physical health and fitness
- Healthy eating
- Drugs alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic first aid
- Changing adolescent body
All teaching of RHE will take in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.