Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE)
At Prior Heath, we aim to provide our pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills that they need in order to reach their full potential as individuals within today’s diverse society. Our children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences so that they can contribute fully to the life of our school and beyond. Our children will learn to recognise their own worth, how to interact well and safely with others, and how to build positive relationships.
Our PSHE curriculum develops learning which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Health Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
We encourage our children to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of kindness, friendship, respect, responsibility, perseverance and teamwork.
EYFS – In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and from Birth to 5 matters.
Year 1 and 2 – In Key Stage 1, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. Which ‘aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Our PSHE curriculum includes mindfulness which allows children opportunities to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
At Prior Heath, in addition to Relationships and Health Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education within our Science Curriculum. PSHE is taught through six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at an age appropriate level). The six themes are as follows:
Autumn 1: Let’s Go
Autumn 2: Let’s be friends (including anti-bullying)
Spring 1: Reach for the Stars
Spring 2: Celebrating Me
Summer 1: Feeling Fantastic
Summer 2: Moving On
We actively promote the British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. PSHE is an important part of our school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
By the time our children leave Prior Heath they will have taken part in many varied learning opportunities and experiences, enabling them to gain increasing independence and be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful and socially and morally responsible active members of society.
Our PSHE curriculum will help pupils to manage the physical and emotional changes that they experience as they begin school in Year R, progress through KS1 and then transition onto junior school. Our children will have developed an understanding of the world around them and will have become an active member of our school community.
Our children will have a secure understanding of how to keep safe and healthy and will have increased their self-esteem, resilience and empathy. Our children will leave Prior Heath as caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens.
The Progression of Skills for PSHE from Reception to Year 2 can be found here. (PDF, 628.66 kB)