Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE)
PSHE is at the heart of our curriculum, preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
It is a subject that enables children to keep themselves safe, happy and balanced in approach to daily life. The subject is used to reinforce a philosophy about dealing with power imbalances, bullying, friendships, eSafety and daily interactions. It is used to encourage effective goal setting and to develop resilience and resourcefulness in approach to common everyday problems, directing pupils towards appropriate support.
This may be delivered in the form of weekly or blocked lessons and includes the opportunity for ‘Circle Time’ and ‘Protective Behaviours’ work. As part of our approach to keeping children safe, pupils regularly review their ‘hand network’ and, through this, are encouraged to think about the individuals that they can turn to when they are in need of advice or support in a range of situations.
PSHE Autumn Term 2020
As we return to school after the national lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we acknowledge that the Summer Term was challenging for everyone. This year our planned learning opportunities for the Autumn Term for PHSE will seek to rebuild relationships and will support our children to feel happy and confident.
The words of Barry Carpenter, CBE, Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK illustrate our aim, “Our mission as educators, should be to journey with that child through a process of re-engagement, which leads them back to their rightful status as a fully engaged, authentic learner”
Our focus for the Autumn term is to spend time supporting the five ways to wellbeing. Each class will spend time engaging in activities which support these five areas for example from spending time outside appreciating nature, to talking about what worries them and finding time to appreciate others and themselves.
PSHE and RSE 2021/2022
We have named this year as our Year of Growth, when we shall be celebrating the different ways in which we can grow as a school community. Our PSHE learning programme will be based on the Ten Ten: Life to the Full programme. This scheme will be enriched with termly based focuses.
Ten Ten: Life to the Full
As a Catholic School we use Ten Ten’s programme in Relationship and Health Education to deliver our PSHE and Relationship and Sex Education Curriculum. The structure of Life to the Full is based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service, which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. The programme consists of an entire platform of creative resources that engage, inform and inspire our
children, parents and staff. This includes interactive video content, story-based activities and original worship music, all whilst employing a wide range of teaching tools and an accompanying programme of classroom prayers.
In addition, there is an online Parent Portal, so parents can engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for their children.
In Life to the Full, we follow a four-stage structure which is
repeated across four different learning stages:
• Early Years Foundation Stage is aimed at Preschool and Reception
• Key Stage One is aimed at Years 1 and 2
• Lower Key Stage Two is aimed at Years 3 and 4
• Upper Key Stage Two is aimed at Years 5 and 6
Within each learning stage, there are three Modules which are based on the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum:
• Created and Loved by God
• Created to Love Others
• Created to Live in Community
Each Module is then broken down into Units of Work.
Module 1 Created and Loved by God
Units: Religious Understanding, Me, My Body, My Health, Emotional Well-being, Life Cycles
Module 2 Created to Love Others
Units: Religious Understanding, Personal Relationships, Keeping Safe
Module 3 Created to Live in Community
Units: Religious Understanding, Living in the Wider World
Within each Unit there are a number of planned sessions
which are to be led in the classroom.
We adopt a spiral curriculum approach so that as a child goes through the programme year-after-year, the learning will develop and grow, with each stage building on the last.
Module One: Created and Loved by God
Module One: Created and Loved by God explores the individual. It is rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships.
Module Two: Created to Love Others
Module Two: Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this Module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and
relationships, and teaches strategies for developing heathy relationships and keeping safe.
the concept of sin and the importance of forgiveness in relationships.
Module Three: Created to Live in Community
Module Three: Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good. In the first Unit, Religious Understanding, the sessions help children to develop a concept of the Trinity at a level appropriate for their learning stage.
In subsequent sessions, we apply this religious understanding to real-world situations, such as the community we live in, and through exploring the work of charities which work for the Common Good.