PSHE and SRE at London Fields
We believe that PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to make informed choices, lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become active and responsible citizens. Through PSHE, we aim to give children the tools to make sense of their personal experiences, to understand and manage their feelings and to successfully navigate the world that they are growing up in.
Under the new statutory guidance issued by the DfE, Relationships and Health Education at primary school will be compulsory. We believe that to be effective, Relationship and Health Education, alongside RSE, should always be taught within a broader PSHE education programme as this enhances and is enhanced by learning related to topics including: keeping physical and mentally healthy; money and jobs; safety and first aid; the media and the development of skills and attributes such as communication skills, risk management and decision making. The broader PSHE curriculum therefore provides meaningful contexts to deliver the Relationship, Health and RSE curriculum, with the focus on fostering healthy and respectful friendships and relationships, whilst promoting positive emotional and mental wellbeing.
How is PSHE taught across Key Stages?
In Early Years PSED (Personal, social and emotional development) is split into three areas:
- making relationships
- self-confidence and self-awareness
- managing feelings and behaviour
The school fosters and develops relationships between home, school and local community. Children are encouraged to learn to work, share, take turns and co-operate with others. They are encouraged to be independent and make choices for themselves. They are also encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of others and to respect other cultures and beliefs. Children are enabled to become confident and develop a positive self-image.
KS1 and KS2
Each half term, children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two are presented with a ‘big’ question. Children are given opportunities to explore this question through thoughtfully planned activities and tasks. Below you can see an overview of the different questions that the children explore throughout the year. Children will cover a range of topics related to living in the wider world, health and wellbeing and relationships. This ranges from exploring what makes a good friend and identifying strengths, skills and interests, to finding out about first aid safety and the influence of the media.
PSHE is also promoted in the wider curriculum. Children take part in Philosophy for Children lessons in which they are exposed to and learn about the big philosophical questions that govern our lives. They are given the opportunity to explore social and moral issues and form their own opinions and beliefs, developing their sense of social and moral responsibility. They reflect on their personal experiences and learn about the importance of citizenship and our rights and responsibilities as British and global citizens.
Children also take part in ‘Work Week’ in which they develop knowledge and skills of the world of work through entrepreneur inspired tasks. This is a chance for them to think about the skills and qualities needed for aspirational careers.
- Visits from Leigh Day solicitors launched Work Week for children in Year Six.
- This week, Year Six went to the Hackney Museum to do a series of workshops, all designed to help us to become good citizens.
- Today we demonstrated our plans for the future by dressing up as 'Big Me'. We represented a huge range of careers from Doctors and Vets, to Pilots and Footballers, Builders and Fashion Designers and a LOT of teachers!