At St David's, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent, resilient, responsible, and confident members of a society. We feel it is an important part of children's education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to build upon the skills that children start to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage and offer both explicit and implicit learning opportunities which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness as they move through the primary phase. We want to provide children with opportunities for them to fully engage and learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live, and to respect others as equals. We want to enable our children to make an active contribution to the wider community by helping them to manage their physical and emotional changes at puberty and equip them for life in our everchanging world. We are aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to schools Safeguarding and British Values Policies. Through our PSHE curriculum at St David's we recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide opportunity for children to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance) first set out by the Government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2014, for those with different faiths and beliefs in order for them to become fair, tolerant, and confident adults in a forever challenging world.
Teachers use and adapt 1Decision planning and resources to ensure we have full coverage of the curriculum and address needs accordingly. We intend 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, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
-Our PSHE curriculum includes flexibility so that teachers can deliver lessons as a result of an issue arisen in their own class.
-Children will start their particular topic by completing a self-assessment (baseline) and then go back and review at the end of their unit of work. This enables teachers to support children according to their needs and well-being.
-Key vocabulary is a very important element of the PSHE curriculum. At St David's, we are very keen to revisit regularly the key vocabulary children should be using in their everyday lives. It is important that words like ‘mental health’ and ‘bully’ are used in the correct context.
-TEN A DAY posters are displayed to remind children to look after their mental health.
-The whole school takes part in special days/events e.g., anti-bullying week, Children in Need, Black Lives matter, Mental health days, Comic Relief, NSPCC awareness and fund-raising events.
-A group of children from year five attend Mental Health Ambassador training. They can remind others to follow the TEN A DAY choices and act as sign posters to playleaders and teachers during lunch and playtimes.
-Children are taught to follow the school rules to enable them to be curious, confident and independent learners in their everyday life.
-Children with additional PSHE needs have opportunities to engage in small group work.
All children demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and attendance will strive to be at least in line with national and behaviour will be exemplary. Through our RSE curriculum children will become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups. Children will leave St David's equipped with the skills needed to navigate their journey ahead.