For an overview of coverage, please see section below statements.
At RHJS, we follow the PSHE Education Programme of Study. There are three overlapping and linked ‘Core Themes’ (Health and wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World). The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
- Accurate and relevant knowledge.
- Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding.
- Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
- The skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives. (successful learner)
In order to develop our learners we know a ‘richer’ broadening of experiences, including inviting outside services into school is essential if we are to produce balanced, caring productive individuals.
Ongoing assemblies and focus weeks (’online safety’, ‘wellbeing week’, ‘anti-bullying week’) also broaden their experiences and promote the development of our learners in regards to key safeguarding areas within the PSHE Curriculum.
Our thematic model of our PSHE Education Programme of Study embraces key areas of need in school of ‘respect’ and ‘diversity’, these are also key to promoting British Values.
The thematic approach to our PSHE curriculum covers our school values.
- Respect (diversity and caring friendships)
- Building relationship (social skills/resolve and conflict)
- Being an individual – (Promoting achievements)
- Best we can be (fostering health eating, regular exercise and well-being)
- Community and making choices (respecting the environment, money management)
Communication and fostering dialogue, to improve oracy, is a huge part PSHE and a key need in school. Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly and share ideas, talk about their feelings, keep themselves and others safe and taking informed decisions, respect others and participate responsibly in society.
The development of effective communication is interwoven through our School Curriculum Intent Statement.
The lesson focuses/medium term planning ensures that teachers have key points to direct questioning, impacting on the learning of pupils.
Key vocabulary is provided on knowledge organisers (one for each of the core themes)
Our PSHE Curriculum allows for all children to be actively involved in voicing their opinions.
There is a great emphasis placed on ‘pupil voice’ and this is evidenced throughout a variety of lessons in class journals.
Termly baseline assessments are used to monitor pupil progress and used to inform future planning by staff.
The PSHE curriculum follows a thematic model, within a spiral curriculum, which revisits specific safeguarding areas.
There are referenced links to other subjects across KS2. (See Curriculum Overviews for each Year Group)
- Time allocation of 30 minutes a week (1 hour a fortnight)
- Experiences to initiate or consolidate learning - Services/workshops: Loudmouth, Sexting workshops, Police and fire brigade, money management.
- PSHE Association – Programme of Study.
- Since September 2020, our existing scheme was adapted to cover statutory objectives for Relationships and Health, with support from the new programme of study released in March 2020 by the PSHE Association.
- RHJS used the 2020 thematic model of ‘programmes builders’ for KS1/2 to merge with our existing spiral curriculum, with a progression of knowledge and skills.
- Core themes covered. 1. Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the wider world. This thematic approach limits cognitive overload. A range of activities evidenced in class journals impact on pupils being able to commit more to long-term memory.
- ‘No Outsiders’ and ‘SRE – Christopher Winters Project’ also adopt the dual coding theory of simultaneously learning both visually and verbally, increasing retention of information.
- Current up-to-date activities. Examples include a recent CSE lesson penned by Andrew Moffat and a Mental Health lesson by Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families).
- Living in the wider world (community/money management), not at present outlined in the statutory objectives, has been kept on the PSHE Curriculum (Summer Term 2) for all year groups, as we believe it is vital to educate children about ‘money management’, preparing them to play a full and active role in modern society.
Children are encouraged to keep abreast of current thinking including: current affairs, including gambling, sun awareness and the more recently, Black Lives Matter.
Assemblies and workshops, which cover topics including ‘Online Safety’, Wellbeing Week’, Anti-bullying Week’ and Sexting (Yr 5&6), meet their needs at KS2 level.
Pupil voice and comments in class journals show an increased awareness and understanding of subject matter. (PSHE Lead to conduct pupil voice /conferencing, through the use of questionnaires, to assess the impact of learning, understanding and progress.)
Pupils show an increased understanding and awareness of ‘respect’ and ‘diversity’ (as evidenced in learning walks)
Vocabulary and spoken English improves (as evidenced through the use of knowledge organisers, a vocabulary checklist; discussion; dialogue; P4C). Junior Language link scores should improve.
The ability to talk about their feelings and emotions (through ‘check-in’ opportunities and class discussion) and using the Community Board to post and indicate areas of concern that the class/year group/school can work together to solve.
The understanding of key, social and behavioural areas of learning, will be reflected in the positive attitudes and behaviour of our pupils (as evidenced in pupil’s behaviour in and around school).
Mrs. V. Rose
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