PSHCE is an integral part of the school’s wider curriculum. Using the PSHE association thematic modal, EYFS, KS1 and KS2 learning is centred around three main topics (Living in the wider world, Relationships and Health and well-being)
In the EYFS it is given greatest emphasis under one of the three Prime Areas of Learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development. During ‘Talk about it Tuesdays’ children will reflect on the topic areas through literature and circle time. The NSPCC ‘PANTS’ programme is used to help children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. This is continued through KS1.
Article 19 – Every child has the right to be protected from harm.
Article 28 – Every child has the right to a good quality education.
Article 29 – Education should help children to develop their talents and abilities.
K Hawkins, M Sawicka
Mrs Jacqueline Elliott , Mr Aman Sawhney
Intent, Implementation and Impact
Our intention is that when children leave Glebe, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.
Our PSHCE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education curriculum, enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHCE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS and the Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) and Early Learning Goals (ELG). EYFS follow the same three main topics as Key Stage 1 and 2 (Living in the wider world, Relationships and Health and Well-Being).
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHCE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance.
Pupils are taught PSHCE using the PSHE association thematic model which is a progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
At Glebe, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHCE are also taught through the PSHE Association planning.
PSHCE is taught through four-week units in three over-branching themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):
Living in the wider world
- Belonging to a community
- Media literacy and digital resilience
- Money and work
- Families and friendships
- Safe relationships
- Respecting ourselves and others
Health and Well-Being
- Physical health and mental well-being
- Growing and changing
- Keeping safe
It also identifies links to British Values, and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) values are taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.
Wider Curriculum - intent
- We believe that focusing on developing a 'Growth Mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our school and PSHCE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindsets in all aspects of school life.
- PSHCE, including SMSC and British Values, are an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area.
- We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of commitment, communication and care.
- Assemblies are linked to PSHCE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
- PSHCE, British Values and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHCE curriculum enabling children to make links.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
- be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, mutual respect, Rule of Law and Liberty
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- understand the physical aspects involved in Relationships and Sex Education at an age appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others.
- have a positive self esteem
Pupil Voice activities are carried out regularly and we also consult the School Council about various aspects of the PSHCE curriculum.
In KS1 and KS2, PSHCE is taught in one timetabled weekly lesson with each term focusing on one of the three main topics. Lessons aim to provide opportunities for pupils to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the more complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
Relationships, sex education (RSE) will be taught throughout the topics of Relationships and Health and well-being in-line with the science curriculum. The aim of the RSE lessons at Glebe are to address concerns and misconceptions pupils may have relating to relationships as well as their physical development. In the ever-increasing digital world, pupils have access to a multitude of information, some of which inaccurate. It is our strong belief, especially as they approach the transition to secondary education, that pupils are best prepared by being taught and informed by qualified and experienced teachers within the safety of the classroom setting.
The school is pro-active in responding to the community’s health and social care needs. Directed by the childcare and family support leader, we work in partnership with families, nursing teams and the local hospital trust to address relevant issues such obesity, oral health or vision screening. The school has an established team of learning mentors and parent ambassadors to support pupils and their families.
Whole school weekly themes include ‘Anti-bullying’, ‘Democracy’, ‘Active Citizenship’, ‘Road Safety’ and ‘E-Safety’. During these weeks, all pupils focus on specific aspects of PSHCE. The learning culminates in a class assembly presentation to pupils and parents.
The Year 6 residential visit to Gordon Brown Centre aims to build self-confidence, pupils’ independence and the ability to overcome challenges. The activities are designed to develop resilience and support pupils in identifying the value of collaboration and team-work.
PSHCE learning is enriched by cross-curricular projects and initiatives. The school council, prefect structure and sports leaders programme allow pupils to take greater responsibility over their learning and result in benefits felt across the school. The citizenship award promotes core values and encourages pupils to reflect on their role within the school, their communities and wider society.
Reading buddies allow older pupils to be effective guides to their younger peers.
Rights Respecting School
As a Gold Rights Respecting School, Glebe actively promotes the UNCRC articles at all times. Its strong international links through projects such as Erasmus enable pupils to engage and collaborate with peers internationally.