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.
Resources we use include:
Targeted support with a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
What Children Learn
PSHE 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. In PSHE children should learn that open mindedness and the questioning of assumptions are valuable attributes. The nature of PSHE lends itself to study by children with a range of different abilities - children can work on the same content at different rates and levels.
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. Please see our RSE page for further details - click HERE.
Drug Awareness: these lessons help pupils to understand more about drugs and also clarify any misconceptions they may have.
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 is 'The 5 Ways To Wellbeing'?
The focus of '5 Ways To Wellbeing' is to encourage the children to build five easy steps into their daily lives to help them take good care of their own mental health. Research tells us that this can make a real positive difference to the mental health and wellbeing of both children and adults alike and can help build confidence and resilience.
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are:
You can find out more details in our Wellbeing & Mental Health pages - please click HERE to go directly to it.
What is Zumos?
As part of our Keeping Our Children Safe in the Modern World programme, the school has invested in membership to the ZUMOS website. This website is supported by Lincolnshire CAMHS as a way of improving and supporting mental health for our children.
ZUMOS aims to build self-confidence and wellbeing. The website contains a chill out space to help your child to practise being a mindful person and build their inner strength to be a resilient person. It can help to find happiness in your child's life every day. The website also has an area which can help a child to recognise how to be their own best friend, their greatest motivator, personal trainer and wisest mentor. There is a whole library of expert written vocal recordings on how to deal with any issues a child might be facing in the categories of feelings, life, relationships and body.
Your child's access to the recordings will be monitored by the school, allowing us to inform you should your child need support with a specific area.
To find out more, please click HERE.
Please click on the link below to find our PSHE policy.