Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. It deals with the real life issues affecting our children, families and communities and is concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes. PSHE education helps all children and young people to achieve their fullest potential.
At Grayshott CE Primary School we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class events, school councils, fundraising opportunities, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities. Our children are given opportunities in PSHE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society. We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through SEAL lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects, most notably within Science, PE, RE and Literacy as well as through outdoor educational visits.
To aid the teaching of PSHE, and integrating it into the wider curriculum, we aim to cover the following three core themes; ‘Health & well-being’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the wider world’.
Key Stages 1 and 2
Core Theme 1: Health and wellbeing
- What is meant by a healthy lifestyle?
- To maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- To manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
- Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
- About managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
- To make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
- To respond in an emergency
- To identify different influences on health and wellbeing
Core Theme 2: Relationships
- To develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts
- To recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
- To recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
- To respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
- To respect equality and diversity in relationships.
Core Theme 3: Living in the wider world – Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen
- About respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
- About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
- About different groups and communities
- To respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community
- About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
- About where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
- How money plays an important part in people’s lives
- A basic understanding of enterprise.
British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
By integrating SMSC and British Values into the life of our school we aim to develop a sense of society, tolerance and collaboration that tackles prejudice and promotes equality. We aim to teach children to make sense of the world we live in, how to interact positively with others, how to know themselves and the person they may become in the future.
The children are encouraged to be reflective during collective worship, RE and PSHE lessons. They are provided with opportunities through SEAL to explore how be individuals, to develop respect and be respect and to explore questions of right and wrong and explore moral codes in their own and others’ cultures.
We ensure that the children have opportunities to collaborate with a range of pupils from other classes and year groups as well as their own and our house Teams mean children collaborate with pupils across the age groups.
Children are taught to appreciate their own cultures and traditions and those of others. Through the curriculum and collective worship children learn about the traditions, challenges and experiences of people in less economically developed countries and show empathy and understanding. They develop a better understand the global communities in which we live through our varied topic themed work.