Personal, social and health education and citizenship help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. At Newham Bridge Primary we feel that it is our responsibility to promote the personal and social development of all our pupils in a systematic way. We will do this through the teaching of PSHCE.
- To promote healthy attitudes towards life both physically and emotionally.
- To provide knowledge to help children understand their own and others’ rights in the wider political world.
- To provide children with opportunities to develop an awareness of being a good citizen as part of a larger community.
- To involve staff, children, parents and governors in promoting this policy.
- To provide opportunities for children to develop confidence and responsibilities enabling them to make the most of their abilities.
- To prepare children to play an active role as citizens in a democratic society.
- To help children develop healthy and safe lifestyles and understand how to help keep others safe and make decisions when faced with choices.
- To aid the development of good relationships and teach children to respect the differences between people.
- To ensure staff are provide with training on up to date initiatives in school
Personal and Social Education is taking place all the time in school. It is reflected in the ethos of the school, the nature of relationships with, and between staff, the displays in school and the outside environment of the school. The staff also teach PSHCE in class, groups and support groups when necessary. It is taught in the following ways:
- In the classroom as a discrete subject
- In the classroom as part of the broader curriculum
- In assemblies
- On school visits and residentials
- By visitors to school
- Through curriculum enrichment. For example, raising money for charity or taking part in local community ventures)
Teaching and Learning
Class teachers are responsible for the teaching of PSHCE throughout the school using discrete lessons and other curriculum links. Newham Bridge Primary School has implemented topic based planning and therefore PSHE has been planned into the topics. At KS2 Mr Magor teaches PSHCE and SEAL. At KS1 Spellbinder is used, SEAL is delivered and issues are dealted with as they arise. In the Foundation stage our early learning goals involve the children learning about keeping safe and secure developing an understanding of what is right and wrong and why as well as beginning to consider the consequences of their own actions. They also begin to recognise the importance of keeping healthy and those things that can contribute to this.
In planning the curriculum, teachers at Newham Bridge provide:
- a classroom climate that encourages a high level of interest for all children
- opportunities for personal growth outside the classroom through responsibility, extra-curricular activities and educational visits
- Opportunities for personal, social, health and citizenship development through individual and group work, discussion and role-play
- involvement in a range of problem solving activities
- preparation and presentation of tasks for different audiences
- positive self-assessment
- positive marking, with oral or written comments
- active participation in the community served by the school
Teaching and Learning across the Curriculum
PSHCE can be taught across the curriculum through a variety of subjects. The following curricular links show where some of the PSHCE objectives can be taught, however effective provision of PSHCE needs to include discrete teaching in order to ensure full coverage of the Framework at key stages 1 and 2.
- Literacy – skills in enquiry and communication, the use of stories illustrating aspects of PSHCE.
- Numeracy – aspects of financial capability, counting and sharing.
- Science – drugs (including medicines), sex, health, safety and the environment.
- Religious Education – religious and moral beliefs, values and practices that underpin and influence personal and social issues and relationships.
- Physical Education – teaching and learning about health and safety, development of personal and social skills through team and individual activities, promotion of healthy lifestyles and the importance of exercise.
- Geography – topical issues concerning the environment, study of own locality and the wider world, including less economically developed countries.
- History – looking at reasons behind historical events, changes and diversity within society, significant people, events, ideas and experiences of people from the past.
- ICT – communicating with others.
- Design and Technology – health and safety, healthy eating, use of technology, realizing the needs of people through designs.
- Art and Design – reflecting on and responding to ideas and experiences communicated through works of art, craft and design from different times and cultures.
- Music – making the most of abilities in playing and singing, cultural diversity, expression.
Assessment, Recording, Reporting
Newham Bridge School is determined to make the curriculum as relevant to the children’s needs as possible. To this end assessments will be made through observation of children and their work and by talking to and discussion between pupils. A statement as to the personal and social development of each pupil will be made in the end of the year record of achievement and will be reported to parents
Equality of Opportunity
PSHCE includes the study of culture, ethnic diversity, physical differences and difference of experience. Through such study children can acquire understanding of and respect for other people and their values.
Pupils should learn that the questioning of assumptions, the rebuttal of stereotyping and an openness to change are valuable qualities.
The nature of PSHCE lends itself to study by children with a range of different abilities. Children can work on the same content at different rates and levels.
Staff also follow the whole school equal opportunities policy, ensuring every child in school is offered rich and balanced opportunities.
Parents and the Local Community
At Newham Bridge we aim for PSHCE to complement the personal and social development of children provided in the home and the local community. A high priority is working with parents and is a vital part of the whole school approach. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the life of the school. We encourage parent helpers in school and value parents involvement. Parents are kept fully informed of the school’s policy for sex and relationships education and we aim to keep parents and guardians involved in school life. Newham Bridge values the contributions of the community and outside agencies to the personal, social and health development and citizenship of its children through active involvement in the life and philosophy of the school. Newham Bridge invites a wide range of representatives to talk to the children, including the School Nurse, civic leaders, local businesses, Police, Fire Service, drug agencies, local religious and community based figures.
Resources and Helping Agencies
Pupils will have access to a range of resources including:
- visitors to school
- published materials
- visual and audio materials
There are many good resources in the school, they are kept in the staff room, KS1 corridor and with the PSHCE co-ordinator. In particular the school makes use of Health for Life, Spellbinder education, SEAL.
The school makes use of a variety of agencies and individuals as supporters, not replacements, of teachers to deliver the PSHCE programme including:
- School Nurse
- Community Police Officer
- Road Safety Officers
- Fire Officers
PSHCE is linked closely to other cross-curricular policies, which can be consulted for more information, including:
- Drugs Education
- Dealing with bullying
- School Behavior and Discipline
- Child Protection
- Sex and Relationships Education
- Health and Safety
- Equal Opportunities
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
Monitoring and Review
The co-ordinator provides support and advice to other members of staff, monitors quality of teaching and is responsible for evaluating and reviewing the programme and provision for PSHCE across the school. She will also further staff development by providing opportunities for staff to update and extend their knowledge and expertise in PSHCE.