PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. At Altofts, our PSHE curriculum will go beyond the statutory requirements to also cover areas such as finance, jobs, careers, and enterprise. From the Spring term, your child’s class will also be taking part in lessons that will incorporate the relationships and health education (RHE) aspect of the Primary Programme.
We have adopted the PSHE Association Programme of Study and related resources. The PSHE Association worked closely with the Government to develop this curriculum and featured heavily in the Government consultation, which also involved the consultation of parents and carers. Each unit will begin with a book stimulus to allow the children to access concepts and themes being addressed in the unit, in a manner consistent with the rest of our curriculum.
PSHE education is taught throughout the school and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing body. All PSHE teaching that takes place will be in a safe learning environment.
To address any questions you might have, a FAQ (frequently asked questions) document, produced by the Government, is below.
The following is an outline of our Intent, Implementation and Impact.
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 children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
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 Altofts Junior School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a 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. The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations 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 Association evaluated research ‘A case for PSHE’ indicates that PSHE when taught well - helps keep children and young people safe, physically and emotionally healthy and prepared for life and work.
PSHE Association evaluated research ‘PSHE, Academic Attainment and Employability’ indicates that growing evidence suggests that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils' academic achievement, employability and future life chances.
- A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum is in place. At Altofts Junior School, we follow the PSHE Programme of Study and have tailored it to meet the needs of our school.
The Programme of Study sets out learning opportunities based on three core themes:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
Within these core themes, the following areas will be covered:
Health and wellbeing:
- Healthy lifestyle
- Mental health
- Ourselves, growing and changing
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Families and close positive relationships
- Managing hurtful behaviour and bullying
- Safe relationships
- Respecting self and others
Living in the wider world:
- Shared responsibilities
- Media literacy and digital resilience
- Economic wellbeing: Money
- Economic wellbeing: Aspirations, work and careers
COVERING THE STATUTORY CONTENT
The statutory guidance is comprehensively covered by learning opportunities across all three core themes. Even though much of ‘Living in the wider world’ is not included in statutory requirements, the theme as a whole remains vitally important for pupils’ personal development and economic wellbeing, as well as in supporting schools to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers education as part of the DfE Careers Strategy.
The final section of the Programme of Study sets out the content grids from the Statutory Guidance for Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education, mapped to the Programme of Study, clearly identifying the Programme of Study learning opportunities that address each bullet point from the statutory guidance.
- Displays across school
PSHE, BV and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links where appropriate
Whole school and class assemblies make a link to PSHE, British Values and SMSC where appropriate
- Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
- Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
- Children will become healthy and responsible members of society
- Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.