PSHE Intent, Impact and Implementation statement
At West End Primary School, we intend to provide a PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum that equips every child and young person with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values, emotions, and skills needed to stay safe and healthy, play an active role in society and to thrive now and in the future. This includes helping them to deal with critical issues they face every day such as friendships, emotional well-being and change. The vision for our pupils is to be excellent, confident, compassionate and happy.
PSHE underpins this vision by ensuring every pupil can:
continue to build upon the skills developed in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EFYS) PSED curriculum
develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to keep themselves healthy and safe (including online.)
become responsible global citizens.
build positive, healthy and respectful relationships with others.
develop their mental and physical wellbeing.
show tolerance towards others-their beliefs, religions and life choices and to respect their differences.
be resilient and to make the most of their own abilities.
develop self-confidence and be able to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions with others.
As a school we follow the PSHE Association Thematic model, a comprehensive programme of work for PSHE and wellbeing education. It covers all of the DFE’s statutory requirements for Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education.
To ensure this scheme specifically meets the needs of pupils at our school and is embedded throughout all that we do we have tailored the objectives to closely link with our school values. At West End we strive to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community including, pupils, staff and families. The school also uses additional resources to support children’s mental health and wellbeing and promote diversity.
We follow the 3 suggested termly themes and adapt the programme of work where necessary to meet the needs and requirements of all our children. Through weekly timetabled PSHE lessons children have access to key and accurate knowledge, language and meanings. They will develop their understanding of PSHE and will be given opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities. They will develop a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life.
Our PSHE curriculum is taught in a variety of ways and a range of teaching strategies are used such as: circle time, role-play, discussions (whole class, individual, small group or in pairs) stories e.g. exploring behaviour of characters, creative activities, and pupil-initiated activities. Visitors such as the emergency services and external health professionals to offer additional learning and complement our PSHE curriculum.
Beyond the planned programme for PSHE, we provide our children with a variety of experiences and opportunities to further learn about PSHE. These opportunities have the potential to promote their personal and social development and their economic education. These may include assemblies, cross curricular teaching, fund raising and charity events-interaction with members of the local community, clubs, extra-curricular activities such as outdoor pursuits and team building, the School Council, visiting speakers and professionals, visits to places of interest, residentials and themed days.
E-Safety is taught within this subject and our Computing curriculum. Our approach to this subject is kept flexible, so that we can address any local or national issues that may impact upon children, when they arise.
For pupils in Early Years, Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is a prime area of learning, which supports their learning in all other areas. In Early Years it is about making connections and is strongly linked to play. It supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves and we are proud to celebrate our PSED learning as an integral part of the daily school life.
Key Stage One and Two
The PSHE Association thematic programme divides the year into 3 themed units:
Please see our school Long-term plan below for more information.
We believe that a meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to our children becoming happy, confident, respectful, resilient, tolerant and responsible members of society. Our curriculum will ensure that our children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
Our PSHE education isn’t just another school subject. It encompasses all areas of our curriculum and is the thread that weaves our pillars of learning together which forms part of our whole school ethos. It runs through every aspect of school life, providing children with essential life skills and knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions and choices and become healthy, confident, respectful and responsible citizens both now and in the future. The promotion of our pupils’ personal development at West End Primary school is at the heart of everything that we do. It is a fundamental aspect of their education and underpins all other learning.