PSHE at Overleigh St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Through our PSHE curriculum, we strive to help our pupils develop into happy, confident, well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community.
Our PSHE curriculum is strongly tied to our Relationships and Health Education and we are guided by the statutory guidance for Relationships Education. Through this, all children will be taught the content in the following areas:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
- 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
- Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen
We intend for the principles and positive messages covered within PSHE to be integrated into whole school life and the ethos of the school. We intend that children’s attitude towards themselves, towards their learning and towards others will be positively strengthened through the knowledge and skills developed through our PSHE curriculum.
PSHE is taught as a discrete lesson, every week and a range of teaching and learning styles are used, with an emphasis on discussion, group work and problem solving. The whole school follow the Heartsmart Scheme of work as a basis, complimenting it with creative ideas to motivate all learners. Clear ground rules regarding discussions are put in place to ensure a safe, supportive and positive learning environment. At Overleigh, we welcome visiting speakers, such as health workers and the police, to broaden the curriculum and share their real-life experiences. We also consult with the local community on to ensure that local issues are covered in lessons.
In addition to discrete lessons, the PSHE and RHE objectives are covered in other areas of our curriculum, for example an aspect of health may form part of the Science curriculum and positive relationships may be explored through a shared book. PSHE and RHE objectives are also key when we are planning and delivering our Values Days, other whole school or year group specific themed days and Acts of Worship.
As a child moves through our school, their knowledge and understanding develops and deepens. The ideas and concepts that children explore are revisited, allowing children to continue to develop in order to prepare them for future learning and life.
We implement our curriculum using the Heartsmart scheme which organises the skills and knowledge into six areas:
- Get Heartsmart
- Don’t forget to let love in
- Too much selfie isn’t healthy
- Don’t rub it in, rub it out
- Fake is a mistake
- No way through isn’t true
Our PSHE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to ensure progression. Our teachers measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A knowledge check at the beginning of each unit to see what the children already know
- Make links to previous learning
- Start lessons with a recap of understanding from the previous session
- Provide opportunities for open-ended tasks, to allow the more able to demonstrate their greater knowledge
- Assess children at the end of the unit to ascertain their learning
- Continue to assess children by observing how their growing knowledge and understanding is applied in areas other than in PSHE lessons (for example during book discussions or answers given in Acts of Worship)
The leadership team check that this impact is being secured through monitoring the subject on a regular and frequent basis. The method of monitoring supports the ongoing development of the curriculum. This includes:
- Staff subject knowledge, which is audited each year to ensure knowledge is secure, and additional support provided if necessary
- Termly staff meetings (to discuss current practices, keep all staff abreast of any changes and to identify needs)
- A ‘pupil voice’, which is conducted at the beginning and end of each year to allow pupils to contribute to their curriculum content
- Termly monitoring of work
- Tracking of content against the long-term plan of the school, to ensure the full breadth of the curriculum is met.
The impact of this is that children at Overleigh are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge and are secure in their understanding of the characteristics of positive relationships and emotional and mental wellbeing. This will enable them to be resilient individuals, ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.