At North Park Primary School, it is our intention that learning in Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education teaches children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
We believe PSHCE should be should be a planned, developmental programme through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. Pupils will gain an understanding of how they are developing personally, socially and emotionally; they will appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society and learn to respect one another; they will learn to build resilience and coping skills to face the many issues and challenges they encounter as they grow and develop; they will lean about safety and wellbeing.
Our PSHCE lessons will focus on pupils learning in three key areas;
- Living in the wider world
- Health and wellbeing
This learning builds upon the foundations laid down in Early Years focusing on children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSE), where key learning focuses on:
- Managing self
- Building relationships
Our whole school approach to learning in PSHCE is delivered through weekly ‘Me and My World’ lessons, and is reinforced through whole further school focus in a range of areas, including (but not exclusive to):
- PSHCE focus week activities
- Multi-cultural week activities
- Anti-Bullying week
- Activity Passport activities, including community-based events
- Sporting events
- Enterprise events
Learning in PSHCE at North Park contributes to the education of the ‘whole child’ and is a core aspect of our motto, ‘Achieving and growing, together in friendship’.
Learning in PSHCE aims to ensure we provide pupils with opportunities to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter in society. Relationships and Sex education (RSE) is integrated within the PSHCE lessons, with some aspects taught in line with KS2 science objectives (see policy).
PSHCE education is critical in contributing to pupils’ personal development, helping them to:
- build confidence, resilience and self-esteem
- manage risk
- make informed choices
- understand what influences their decision
- recognise and accept their identity
- understand and accommodate difference and change
- manage emotions
- communicate constructively
- develop an understanding of themselves
- develop empathy
- develop the ability to work with others
- develop the ability to communicate constructively in a range of situations
- make valuable contributions to life in class, school and the wider community
- form and maintain good relationships
- develop the essential skills for future employability
- better enjoy and manage their lives.
Examples of other opportunities for wider PSHCE learning include:
- PSHCE week – at the start of every year, each class undertakes a core theme. This includes opportunities to enrich the curriculum with visits, visitors, practical tasks and presentation.
- Multi-cultural week – each Spring term. Each class studies another country, its culture and practices.
- Anti-Bullying week, including buddies and mini-buds
- Fair trade
- School council
- Youth Forum (Spennymoor Cluster Schools)
- Sports Leaders
- Educate and Celebrate work (LGBT)
- Young carers
- Road Safety training
- Safety Carousel
- School nurse visits, including FISCH
- Dental Nurse visits
- Family learning
- Family groups linked to Rights Respecting School work
- Links with local community groups, including Local Police, Centres of worship and SUCCESS, as well as local cluster school events
- Opportunities to contribute to community events
- Visits and visitors
- A range of charity fundraising events, including Go-Givers
- Sports events, festivals and competitions; local sporting facilities links
- School bank
- Enterprise events, e.g. Y6 Fun Day
- Assemblies and collective worship
- Sporting activities and events
This list is not exhaustive and the school is fully committed to enhancing opportunities for PSHCE through activities within the local, national and international community .
The PSHCE policy gives additional guidance and information (see policy section).
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