PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. At St Joseph’s, we believe that PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.
St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary School aims to:
1. Enable children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society and the school community.
2. Promote the five British Values, which include the rule of law, democracy, and individual liberty, tolerance of other faiths and beliefs and mutual respect.
3. Teach the children the importance of diversity through PSHE and where possible other subjects such as RE, History and English
Teach all children about rights and responsibilities allow them to be an independent and responsible member of the school community.
Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues,
Get children to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
Our school currently uses the Coram Education SCARF curriculum which stands for safety, caring, achievement, resilience and friendship, as a basis for its curriculum planning. They provide a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially. Mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, SCARF is a framework consisting of lesson plans, online planning and assessment tools allowing the school to embed a comprehensive PSHE and Wellbeing programme throughout the school. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing. Lessons are taught under the following headings:
* Health and wellbeing: Healthy Lifestyles.
* Health and wellbeing: Keeping safe.
* Health and wellbeing: Growing and changing.
*Relationships: Healthy relationships.
*Relationships: Feelings and emotions.
*Relationships: Valuing difference.
*Living in the wider world: Rules, rights and responsibilities.
*Living in the wider world: Caring for the environment.
*Living in the wider world: Money
PSHE is timetabled to be completed once a week. We teach PSHE in a variety of ways. These include circle time, role play, discussion etc. It can be taught as a discrete subject but we also try to link with other subjects wherever possible. PSHE also strongly overlaps with the Catholic ethos at St Joseph’s and so there are strong links between the two curriculum subjects.
We teach PSHE in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the PSHE aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Our teaching in PSHE matches the aim of developing a child’s personal, emotional and social development as set out in the ELGs.