Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Our Vision Intent

At St Agnes we aim to ensure that personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. To help them understand and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. 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.  All our children are encouraged to be effective and successful learners, make and sustain friendships and deal with and resolve conflicts effectively and fairly. They will be able to solve problems and manage their emotions by having a calm and optimistic state of mind. They will have the resilience and perseverance to recover from set-backs and carry on with the challenges they may face. The children will work and play fairly and co-operatively. They will politely stand up for their rights and the rights of others. They will value and understand differences and show respect for everyone and everything. PSHE and citizenship are planned programmes of learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of the community. 

Implementation

In order for children to recognise the importance of these attributes, the seven values of the school are displayed throughout the environment as our Great Expectations. Children are reminded daily of the qualities needed in order to achieve the expected behaviour.  The PSHE curriculum is taught throughout school, during weekly or two weekly topics each term as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. The children have 6 or 9 ‘sticky learning’ objectives including key vocabulary that they will study and learn during the topic and hopefully these will be embedded into long term memory.  The Commando Joe programme of RESPECT (Resilience, excellence, self-awareness, passion, empathy, communication and teamwork) enables all Key Stage 2 children to work together to develop these essential life skills in a fun, motivational and modern weekly sessions.  In EYFS the children have daily PSHE opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes, this is embedded through the topic based curriculum, continuous provision and indoor and outdoor focused learning.  The Christian Values are taught during half termly assembly themes which the school council deliver and promote. The use of Kindness Elves throughout school ensure kindness is valued and the ‘Worry Wellies’ in each class ensure children are listened to and problems are shared and dealt with. Classroom sessions will vary in form and content, but will all share the underlying principle of creating an open and honest class dialogue within a caring and respectful environment.  Learning will be constantly nurtured and reinforced by our high expectations. Our Thursday Celebration Assembly is a regular opportunity to reward those who exhibit the good citizenship that St Agnes seeks to encourage. Our other daily assemblies are centred on the 18 Christian values which are taught half termly and support our PSHE vision.  Our school year features many opportunities to explore Personal, Social and Health Education. These include: work carried out in class for Internet Safety Day; Kinder Kids week; Residential visits for Year Six; half-termly assemblies run by the Groundbreakers team; regular School Council meetings; the nasal flu vaccinations for Reception Class up to Year Four; Girls and Boys Talk for Year Six; our various sporting teams and clubs (including a lunchtime Leaders); the measurement of height and weight for pupils; and pupil eye tests. The charity work we undertake over the school year further explores what PSHE means for St Agnes Primary. Our Calm Corner has also helped create a safe and reflecting area in which all children are welcomed should they feel the need to take time away from a busy classroom to collect their thoughts. 

Impact

At St Agnes PSHE provides an opportunity to develop cross curricular links with many other aspects of learning, and encourages children to learn and think for themselves. The needs of all children are met by differentiating their work, to enable them to be included in all learning. The use of success criteria ensures that children understand exactly what it is they need to do to progress their own learning.  We providing a rich and vibrant curriculum that excites children and encourages them to be dedicated to their learning and our school. Our children learn to keep thinking and exploring which will continue to guide them through later life experiences.