Personal Social Health Economic Education (PSHE)
Miss Blake is our PSHE Leader.
What is our approach to PSHE?
At All Saints MAT we currently offer a broad and balanced SEL (Social and emotional Learning) curriculum which is embedded into our schools curriculum, ethos and values. This is taught through six themes; Our Community, Social Skills, Managing Feelings, Empathy, Motivation and Self-awareness. Each half term the theme changes. The language and vocabulary related to that particular theme is displayed in the classroom and taught and modelled through Devotions (assembly), playground chat, and throughout everyday lessons and routines. SEL runs through everything we do and is a part of our daily practice and ethos of the school.
With the new statutory PSHE framework proceeding ahead for the summer term 2021, our school aims to develop and introduce a PSHE curriculum that will be taught alongside our SEL curriculum.
The intention is to implement a PSHE curriculum that is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within our local and global community. Being an inner-city school, we as practitioners are aware of some of the challenges and experiences that our children may face. The vision is that through a combination of SEL and PSHE our children will know more, remember more and understand more about the world in which we live, thus growing to be well-rounded individuals.
PSHE when taught well, should help keep children and young people safe, physically and emotionally healthy and prepared for life and work. Research suggests that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils' academic achievement, employability and future life chances.
Relationships and Sex Education at All saints is incorporated into our PSHE. It is taught during our relationships unit in the summer term. Relationship education is taught in all year groups, but sex education is covered in year 5 and 6 and repeated each year.
We are aware that RSE may address sensitive topics and spark uncomfortable or delicate conversations, therefore we have considered and identified the areas of our PSHE curriculum where this may apply. Additionally, parents do have the right to withdraw the children from parts of the curriculum that are non-compulsory (please see policy for further information on how to opt out).
We have taught sex education for many years at All Saints and know the importance of building good relationships with and knowing your children well. This allows us to plan and deliver lessons that meet the needs, intellect and understanding of our children. This means that our sessions never look identical, but all have the same aim, which is to equip the children with the knowledge to make well- informed decisions which keep them safe.
PSHE is taught using a whole school thematic approach, specific themes are taught at specific times of the year, in order to fit in with our schools’ annual events. The themes are planned and developed throughout each year group to ensure that we have a planned, progressive Curriculum which builds on prior knowledge and skills from EYFS to the end of KS2.
What does PSHE look like in the classroom?
Teachers have received in-house training on how to plan and implement a PSHE unit relevant to the phase that they teach. We are currently using PSHE Association, who offer a range of lesson plans, guidance and planning tools which help teachers to deliver safe and effective PSHE education. Staff are also encouraged to seek and use other sites to aid them with their planning i.e. Twinkl, and TES.
As PSHE is not a core subject and does not always require written or evidenced work, assessment is an ongoing process that takes on many shapes and forms. Forms of assessment include:
- Sticky labels (writing down pupils’ responses)
- Completed work
- A change in their behaviour (pupils maturing)
- Practical projects (outcome)
- Quiz, tick sheets, multiple choice questions
Vocabulary for SEL is display half termly in each phase. This means children can name all 6 SEL themes and often use the language/ vocabulary during lesson and at various points of the day (playground chat, Devotion, class assembly etc.) and during their day to day conversations.
PSHE lessons are often discussion based and involve circle time, role play, debates, Q&A, etc. and are linked to real life scenarios and events. This means that pupils can relate to and identify themselves within lessons taught.
PSHE is taught as a stand-alone lesson but also as part of a whole school thematic approach. Specific themes are taught at specific times of the year, in order to fit in with our schools’ annual events i.e. ‘belonging to a community’ has been mapped out to fit in with our SEL topic ‘Our Community’, Devotions and our settling in weeks.
In sex education lessons the class teacher is responsible for planning and teaching the main lesson objectives set in the curriculum. However, the sessions are child led, which means the lesson is directed/ influenced by the children’s responses to what is being taught.
PSHE also has various cross curricular links with other subjects areas such as science, computing and R.E. and although it is not a core subject it develops the whole child developing skills and qualities that are transferrable and helps to enhance learning in wider curriculum and in the real world.
How do we measure success in PSHE?
As PSHE does not take on the traditional forms of assessment, it is evident that a child is making progress based on their growth and level of maturity. It is evident when a child is making progress by the way they speak and the vocabulary that is used.
PSHE is a fun an engaging lesson which allows the children to relax, as they are not assessed on their academically ability. They are free to discuss and ask questions based on things that they see or experience in their life outside of school. Pupils are not always expected to produce written work which allows all pupils to access and take part in discussions and learning.
Work is recorded using a class floor book which the older children (UKS2) are encouraged to take ownership off. However, this is not compulsory.
Relationships and Sex Education is assessed and measured by pupil’s maturity, attitude and conversation.
PSHE lessons are engaging, interesting for the child, with a buzz of learning in the atmosphere. Lessons are enjoyable and offer children a safe and comfortable space to learn and ask questions and make comments.
We can see PSHE developing the following skills knowledge and attitudes:
- Children building resilience and coping strategies & tolerance
- Confident risk taking children
- Developing understanding of how the world works, British laws and values
- Sense of belonging
- Healthy safe children