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.
Journey in Love
As a Catholic School we currently use the ‘Journey in Love’ scheme to deliver our Relationship and Sex Education Curriculum.
A Journey in Love is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Sex and Relationship Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.
Throughout A Journey in Love, an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each group, children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary Years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.
A Journey in Love highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home. As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from Sex Education at anytime if you wish to do so.
We are at present reviewing our PSHE and RSE programme. More details will be following shortly.