At Newton Ferrers CofE Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We 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. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. The SCARF materials we use to support teaching incorporate opportunities within the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, therefore providing for elements such as the rights of the child, caring for the environment, economic education, and children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education, including British Values. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies and collective worship where our Christian Values help children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity to be stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
We have developed a PSHE curriculum using the SCARF resources that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children know more, remember more and understand more. The curriculum enables pupils to explore the complexity of the relationships they will have both now and throughout their lives. Parents are consulted and engaged with to ensure we work in partnership.
Teachers use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as discussion, role-play, games, investigations, circle-time, problem-solving activities and outdoor learning. Teachers encourage children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship e.g. fundraising and planning of school events. Children are provided with frequent opportunities to have their voice heard and because of this; they play an active part in school life. Children are able to express their opinions and views through a variety of mediums including suggestion boxes, questionnaires, leadership groups and roles, various elections and comments on various correspondence throughout the year e.g. reports, SEND support profiles, focused reviews, annual questionnaires, work and homework. Children have the opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, firefighters, police, and representatives from the local church and community.