At Even Swindon Primary School, we are articulate and informed citizens!
We believe that our teaching of PSHE & SRE gives children the essential knowledge, skills and experiences they need to have a successful and happy future in their everyday lives.
We have carefully designed our PSHE curriculum to 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. Pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We strive to inspire our pupils’ to gain the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. Using given opportunities to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up: understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. Children will become prepared for puberty and have an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene. Children will develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy. By inspiring our pupils to grow in this way, they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
- We strive to provide our children with weekly learning opportunities within and beyond the curriculum, in specific PSHE Jigsaw lessons, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. We also use values based learning, British Values and SMSC objectives to provide further learning opportunities for children.
- Children are expected to reflect after each PSHE lesson by using reflection journals, which support the assessment of each pupils’ understanding.
- Teachers conduct regular monitoring and assessment of children’s learning and understanding. Children also complete age appropriate self-assessment at the end of each session.
- Any child who requires additional support can be identified and provided with intervention or additional learning opportunities such as ELSA support, nurture groups, pastoral support and adult support during social times in the school day.
- Children that are more able are challenged through effective questioning and deepening discussion.
- As a school, teachers can easily identify their year groups progression through the Jigsaw scheme.
- Through links with the local communities, fundraising opportunities, visitors and national and international events – such as anti-bullying week, children’s mental health week, healthy eating week and various charity event days across the school year – we provide enrichment opportunities to contextualise learning.
- PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated. We also foster a cross-curricular approach to PSHE/RSE to ensure coverage and opportunities for children to revisit and embed learning.
- As a staff team, we are continually reflecting on our practice. As a team, we identify our own strengths and areas for development and use these to share good practice and improve outcomes for our children. Teachers have the opportunity to look at the policy and make recommendations.
- Parent information sessions are held and parents are invited to look at the policy and ask any questions/ discuss any concerns regarding the policy.
We believe high quality learning in PSHE has been achieved when pupils can understand the importance of PSHE/RSE, RE, SMSC and British Values and the effect they can have on life in and out of school. We believe that the meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults.
We hope that through our consistent, engaging and pupil focused approach that children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves successfully through modern life after they leave Even Swindon Primary School. This will be evident through engagement in lessons and assemblies, talking enthusiastically about the subject, making sensible and informed choices and talking about ways their skills can be applied.
The impact of our PSHE curriculum will be overseen by the subject leader through learning walks, team teaching, book looks, pupil and staff voice, planning feedback, and ongoing data analysis.