What is PSHE?
PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education and its objectives run throughout our curriculum and are taught discretely when appropriate to support children with key skills or at specific times eg Anti-Bullying Week/Safer Internet Week. It is an important part of learning as it helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships.
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Most social, emotional and behavioural skills are developmental and change over time. For example, if we think about the experience of loss, we know that children’s capacity to manage the feelings involved, and the range of strategies at their disposal, will be very different in the early years than, for example, their experience at the age of 11. We cannot therefore ‘teach’ these skills as a one-off. There is a need to revisit and develop the concepts, understanding and skills over time, building on what has been learned previously.
SCARF is a whole school framework for promoting and developing positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. It has a spiral curriculum which revisits each theme (and the skills associated with that theme) every year. A child entering the school in the Reception Class and leaving at the end of Year 6 will have experienced each theme at a new and appropriate level each year. Children can therefore demonstrate progress in the key social, emotional and behavioural skills as they progress through the school.
What Children Learn
Here are some examples of the areas that may be covered in PSHE:
Healthy Lifestyle: children learn that regular physical activity and a healthy diet can go a long way to ensuring they stay healthy.
Personal Wellbeing: children will talk about common pressures, issues such as friendship and belonging and other things that can contribute to mental wellbeing.
Social Issues: bereavement, voting and taking care of the environment are the kinds of social issues that will be covered. Two particular topics are bullying and e-safety because they directly affect children at school, and it's crucial that they know where to seek help if needed.
Sex and Relationships: Sex education has now become sex and relationships education (SRE), signalling the growing consensus that children are entitled to more than just the biological facts.
Drug Awareness: these lessons help pupils to understand more about drugs and also clarify any misconceptions they may have.