“The evidence shows that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education can improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of pupils. A virtuous cycle can be achieved, whereby pupils with better health and well-being can achieve better academically, which in turn leads to greater success.” DfE review of PSHE education impact and effective practice.
At The Oaks Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society.
PSHE encourages our children to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens through high quality PSHE teaching. 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 provide our children with opportunities for them 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 The Oaks, we want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
What do we want for our pupils?
- Develop a confidence in sharing their own thoughts and opinions with others
- Develop skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe
- Develop an attitude of a responsible global citizen
- To show tolerance of others beliefs, religions and life choices.
- To build positive, respectful relationships with other people
What do we want from our curriculum?
- To build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
- To effectively safeguard our children by empowering them with knowledge and vocabulary through explicit RSE teaching.
How do we deliver PSHE at The Oaks Primary School?
The PSHE curriculum has three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Teachers use PSHE Association and Yasmine and Tom to support planning. Topics included in the programme of study are: Healthy Lifestyles, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe, Feelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference, Rights and Responsibilities, Environment and Money. In addition to this, staff make connections throughout the year to the wider curriculum allowing children to see the application of knowledge and skills gained through PSHE. We also use assemblies as an opportunity to further promote PSHE, British Values and SMSC. The teaching and learning of RSE is planned explicitly within each year group so that our children have the knowledge and vocabulary they need to be fully informed citizens. We are aiming for children to become more aware of RSE and know the purpose of it. Parents are invited to attend meetings related to the teaching of RSE and are welcome to contact the school for further support and clarification as required. At The Oaks, we also use school councillors to promote British values. Children vote for two school councillors in their class to represent their views. School councillors meet regularly and promote British values through competitions and school assemblies. At The Oaks, we recognise ‘World Mental Health Week’ and plan accordingly. We also have Mental Health Ambassadors to represent our pupils.
The impact of a high quality PSHE curriculum will be:
- Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance and mutual respect.
- Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
- Children will become healthy and responsible members of society
- Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
- Children will have the knowledge and vocabulary to describe what has happened to them clearly in a safeguarding incident.
We enable our children to have a healthy outlook towards school and an increased awareness of mental well-being. As a result, children will be able to achieve success across the wider curriculum. Teachers provide discreet PSHE lessons and assess pupil’s progress using the PSHE Association guidelines, whilst pupil voice provides a measure of the children’s understanding.