Aims and Objectives
Through our teaching of PSHCE we aim for children to:
· know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
· understand what makes a good relationship and develop good relationships with others
· develop and understand emotional intelligence
· be aware of safety issues and know how to act responsibly to keep themselves safe
· respect and show understanding of differences in society
· be independent and responsible members of the community
· develop self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience, supporting them to make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
· prepare for physical and emotional change
· gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society
· learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy.
PSHCE is a non-statutory subject and as such there are no standardised frameworks or programmes of study set out within the National Curriculum. PSHCE is taught and areas of learning are planned in accordance with the Cornerstones Curriculum, Cambridge scheme of work and the Yasmine and Tom RSE programme of study. Where appropriate, cross-curricular links are made with other subject areas to make learning more meaningful.
The themes covered within the curriculum include: Food and Growth; Healthy Lifestyles; Personal Hygiene; Safety; Relationships and Sex Education; Family Life; Substances and Misuse; Environmental Aspects; and Citizenship. The curriculum can and should be amended in order to meet the needs of our children, taking into account their experiences, interests and the social pressures they are likely to meet.
PSHCE lessons should be delivered in an exciting way e.g. discussions, drama, posters, circle time etc. Worksheets should be avoided wherever possible. Where there is no written evidence, children’s learning can be recorded through photographs, video etc. The School Council discuss whole school issues and elected representatives from each class make decisions and take action which affects the whole school community.