At Summerfield Primary School, we believe that PSHE in an integral part of the curriculum as the skills learnt will equip our children for their futures and to become active members of society and the wider world. Based on the National Curriculum and our school vision and values, we aim to provide a positive and motivating environment which will enable each child to grow in understanding so as to reach their full potential. Through their understanding of PSHE, children will be able to succeed in many different areas of the curriculum and throughout life as the learned skills are transferrable.
Our curriculum demonstrates appropriately aged content, skills and knowledge which fulfil the duties of the RSE curriculum. All of this has been undertaken in consultation with parents and sensitivity to our school community.
We believe that PSHE education should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum giving our children opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world. We aim to enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Through PSHE, we aim to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and will tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in order to support this. We strive to encourage our children to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life.
PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. At Summerfield, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience, discussion and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect and meet the needs of our pupils. Teachers equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk, and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. This is covered by the children working progressively through a PSHE skills progression where skills and objectives are tailored to our school values and vision. The theme for the week is introduced during an assembly and this theme is then followed through into all PSHE lessons taught that week. Lessons are covered weekly in class via a range of teaching strategies.
We believe that the purpose of PSHE and RSE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the National Curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: i.e., drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, positive mental health and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
At Summerfield, PSHE plays a vital part in primary education and is taught at least weekly, covering the National Curriculum guidance for PSHE through medium term skills progression planning designed to think of all aspects of a child’s personal, social and health education. Additionally, PSHE is taught within other subject areas and is also addressed on a daily basis as questions and incidents arise. At times, teachers may choose to hold a circle-time session in response to a particular event or issue. Pupils are supported in applying the skills they are learning, in real-life situations as they arise: e.g. resolving conflicts; working a part of a group.
We promote discussion based lessons in PSHE that focus on sharing experiences and ideas. Through this, each class has a PSHE floor book. This is a collaborative resource where children’s ideas and learning are gathered together to create a class ethos. The learning for each lesson is shared through photographs, post it notes and other creative methods. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to share their experiences. Teachers create a positive attitude to PSHE learning in their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in PSHE.
The successful approach of our broad and balanced curriculum at Summerfield Primary results in an engaging, high-quality PSHE education that provides children with the foundations for understanding different choices, identity, conflict and relationships. Our pupils are equipped with tools to maintain healthy and positive lifestyles with regard to relationships, diet and their own personal identity which is documented and shared in our class floor books, showcasing their learning and skills. As they become more confident throughout the areas of PSHE and progress in the related skills, children understand their personal role in society and display British values in their daily lives in and out of our school.
Our children are lifelong learners who enjoy discussing their own personal experiences and listening to others talk about their experiences. PSHE not only supports children’s knowledge and understanding but it helps them to appreciate and celebrate differences around them. Children demonstrate a positive attitude towards others and show an understanding of cultural beliefs different to their own. They demonstrate respectful behaviour to all and this is transferable outside of school in the wider community and beyond. As such, PSHE is invaluable in an ever-changing and diverse world.