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PSHE

Rationale

At Holy Trinity school PSHE is a curriculum subject that enables pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life.

We believe that our PSHE programmes of study have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for all of our pupils. Through a variety of experiences we aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamwork and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

Intent

At Holy Trinity School we feel PSHE allows us to develop children’s in their emotional and social growth. As they move through school learning opportunities allow them to reflect upon their own thoughts, feelings and actions in order to become more self - aware and reflective. They also enable them to develop, value and enjoy healthy, respectful relationships.

By developing skills that enable them to have a growth mindset we encourage children to tackle challenges with a positive ‘can do’ attitude with our BLP system (Building Learning Power.)

 Our comprehensive yet flexible CORAM Life SCARF PSHE planning system allows teachers to meet the needs of pupils and adapt their teaching according to a cohort, class or individual needs. It also allows them to address subjects and issues that are important to the children and reflect unexpected events that may affect the children during the year.

The spiralling curriculum with the themes of Health and Wellbeing, relationships and living in the Wider World allows children to build on previous learning and develops as children are able to tackle subjects at a deeper level.

In addition, our whole school approach to behaviour, safety and learning and improving mental and physical wellbeing is a real priority. We aim to continue to focus on

  • Ethos and environment
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning
  • Pupil voice
  • Staff development, health and wellbeing
  • Identifying need and monitoring impact          
  • Working with parents / carers
  • Targeted support
  • Leadership and management

Areas identified in Public Health England's Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: A whole school approach (PHE, 2015).

Implementation

PSHE is delivered in class as well as in school wide projects. By using quality resources including the CORAM Life Education online planning tool (SCARF), we provide a spiralling, comprehensive PSHE curriculum which includes mental health and well-being.

SCARF lesson plans are organised around the PSHE Association's Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities within three themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. By using SCARF across all age groups we will ensure progression in knowledge, attitudes and values, and skills – including the key skills of social and emotional learning, known to improve outcomes for children. SMSC and British values are embedded within the scheme. The curriculum will ensure we work in reference to the all of the DfE's new Relationships Education and Health Education statutory requirements.

Class teachers have chosen to deliver lessons that link with other lessons in different subject areas so that experiences are more meaningful and engaging. The will be delivered by an adult that the children have warm relationships with, usually the class teacher. Teachers are skilled at adapting lessons to meet the needs of the children in their class or individuals within it.

At present, there is no formal assessment place but observations, discussion notes and work produced before and after a unit of work is completed, contribute to a teacher’s picture of each pupil’s individual personal growth.