PSHE Statement of Intent
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. At St Augustine’s Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
To build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare them for the next stages of their education, for future jobs and careers. And to help them recognise their roles as global citizens both now and in the future.
The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Religious Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE) whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
PSHE is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall visions and values of the school. These include: creating and developing a strong community, both locally and globally, in which everyone feels valued, safe and able to achieve their full potential; presenting and exploring possibilities to inspire growth and aspiration; ensuring children show P.R.I.D.E in all they do and grow to become risk takers, mistake makers, independence seekers and committed lifelong learners.
At St Augustine’s we follow a combined scheme of work encompassing both PSHRE and RE. We deliver PSHE predominantly using the resources and teaching and learning packages provided by the school’s use of the SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) educational materials from Coram Life Education.
SCARF provides a comprehensive spiral curriculum for PSHE education, including mental health and wellbeing. Using SCARF across all age groups ensures progression in knowledge, attitudes and values, and skills – including the key skills of social and emotional learning, known to improve outcomes for children.
Key areas of learning in Years 1 -6 are included within the unit titles of:
· Me and my Relationships
· Keeping myself safe
· Rights and responsibilities
· Being my best
· Growing and changing
· Valuing difference
Additionally, there are opportunities for cross-curricular projects in all year groups that allow for PSHE objectives to be embedded practically and meaningfully within the wider primary curriculum.
Within key stage one and key stage two the PSHE learning outcomes have also been placed under one of our five school P.R.I.D.E values (Positivity, Respect, Independence, Determination and Excellence).
SCARF is also mapped to the new DfE guidance for Relationships Education and Health Education, The PSHE Association's Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities, the National Curriculum, Curriculum for Excellence and Ofsted's requirements. Additionally, key campaigns throughout the year such as Anti-Bullying week are often linked to PSHE objectives across school and provide additional opportunities for discussion and debate.
Teachers have available to them all the lesson plans and resources they need to teach the expected learning outcomes within their year groups – through individual access to the SCARF website. All pupils have a weekly PSHE lesson in key stages one and two and the children present their written work in a scrapbook giving them more choice over presentation and, therefore, more ownership of their individual learning outcomes.
Additionally, Y6 pupils have access to the D.A.R.E program in their final term at school which also gives them vital information about drugs awareness. This culminates in an award type ceremony where they can invite their important adults and receive a certificate of achievement.
In the foundation stage classes PSHE is taught through the area of learning: personal, social and emotional development and understanding the world. It allows the children to learn about themselves, their families and others through story, role-play and various play based activities. It also allows the children to appreciate and explore their feelings and emotions and gives them opportunities to grow in confidence and understanding of their own health and wellbeing and that of those around them. PSHE isn’t formally recorded in the foundation stage but staff make observations that they record on Tapestry which is an online journal used to record all the learning and fun of children's early years education.
Assemblies – Whole school, key stage and class assemblies also often make links to PSHE, British Values and SMSC.
The children at St Augustine’s enjoy their learning in PSHE and, especially at this difficult time in the world, it is important that they learn the skills they will need to be resilient, understanding and tolerant. It is vital that we give them the skills to be able to develop and manage their own feelings and emotions in order that they can become effective communicators and fulfilled individuals who are healthy and responsible members of society.
Monitoring is timetabled and involves communication and interaction with both staff and pupils across the year.