Through carefully planned and resourced lessons PSHE develops the child’s cultural capital by improving their knowledge, skills and attributes needed to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through PSHE children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them.
At Pickhurst our learning objectives come from the PSHE Association and are embedded in the Heartsmart Programme https://uk.heartsmart.school which we follow. Each half term the school covers a ‘heartsmart’ principle within our PSHE lessons, and these principles are then embedded in whole school assemblies.
The Five Heartsmart Principles are;
These principles consist of six lessons for each year group. The lessons are designed to be delivered in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games. These activities enable children to build confidence and resilience.
Alongside this we teach the NSPCC’s underwear rule and have an annual Anti Bullying Week, following the theme of the Anti Bullying Alliance. All of which aim to help children to make positive, safe and informed decisions. To support this each class has a worry box, a well being scale displayed in their classroom and a poster, developed by the School Council, on strategies to help self regulation.
Assessments take place after each half term and are by exception. Each unit enables self-evaluation and reflective learning and allows teachers to evaluate and assess progress.
Every child’s social and emotional development is intrinsic within the school’s intent and so PSHE is evident in all aspects of school life; from our school values, to our forest school experiences, transition programmes and opportunities for independent learning. It supports other areas of the curriculum such as PE and Science.