PSHE

PSHE statement of intent:

At Emmanuel, PSHE is a key component of our broad and balanced curriculum as we aspire for all children to experience ‘life in all its fullness’.

We intend for our PSHE curriculum to:

  • Help children build positive mental health by developing their confidence to talk, listen and think about feelings and relationships; develop their skills to make and maintain positive relationships; develop a positive self-image and high self-esteem and know where to get confidential advice and support.
  • Reflect and celebrate the diversity of our school community, including the different types of families, by teaching the children to develop positive attitudes and values; respect differences in opinions and gain accurate knowledge and understanding about sexuality and relationships.

Introduction to PSHE

PSHE is a valued and highly-regarded subject here at Emmanuel and aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to manage their lives now and in the future. Delivering a broad and balanced life-skills PSHE curriculum is essential for us in helping our children to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most out of school, work and life.

PSHE and citizenship are a planned part of the curriculum, which brings together the statutory elements of Health Education and Relationships Education, and the non-statutory aspects, which include sex education not covered by statutory science, and citizenship (National Curriculum 2014). Citizenship is a natural place for many of the current requirements around SMSC, British values, safeguarding and the prevent duty.

The PSHE curriculum at Emmanuel is carefully planned and sequenced through these key strands of PSHE:

  • Make choices to live healthy lives
  • Stay safe
  • Develop self-esteem and confidence
  • Make a positive contribution to society
  • Respect one another
  • Make and maintain positive relationships to thrive personally and socially

PSHE skills from EYFS to Year 6

PSHE is taught through a range of planned opportunities across the curriculum and a weekly lesson in years 1-6.  Our scheme of work is based on the Camden Scheme of work, which we have adapted to reflect the needs of children in our school.

In EYFS, PSHE links most directly to these 3 areas of learning and development within the Foundation Stage:

  • Physical development: physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development.
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community.

In key stages 1 and 2, children benefit from a weekly PSHE lesson, which includes the following statutory and non-statutory content:

Relationships Education

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

Health Education

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • The changing adolescent body

Non-statutory content:

  • Living in the wider world
  • Economic wellbeing
  • Being a responsible citizen
  • Careers

As a school, we also organise themed weeks, mapped across the curriculum, which complement and enrich our planned PSHE teaching programme e.g. children’s mental health week and ‘race to health’.  In addition, other activities in school promote our aims and outcomes for PSHE.  We develop pupils’:

  • Confidence, responsibility and making the most of their abilities through the use of positive rewards systems and class responsibilities
  • Role as active citizens through school council, playground champions, wellbeing champions, charity work, elections, debates and pupil questionnaires.
  • Healthy and safer lifestyles through the promotion of Walk to School week, Race2Health, and playground games.
  • Good relationships and respect for differences between people by celebrating different families, cultures and communities.