“Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.” (PSHE-association.org.uk) It is important that our children are taught how to be rounded individuals, being able to understand and deal with social and personal issues as they grow. Becoming a UNICEF school as part of our PSHE lessons allows the children to understand what they are entitled to and begin to realise and accept that not everyone has the same opportunities as them ,and they need to make the most of these. Pupil voice is an important part of how involved the children feel, so this is to become more at the forefront of our teaching of the subject.
Our aim is to ensure that our children receive a broad education, allowing them to understand that education is not just academic. We aim to prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We will allow children in all ages to have a voice and an active role in decision-making in the school. The scheme runs alongside our becoming a Gold UNICEF school, teaching the children that rights are universal to all children. Enabling them to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for social justice, with an aim to develop fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.
Our long term plan sets out expectations for teaching and learning for each cohort. It provides a framework for all year groups referencing the National Curriculum and EYFS framework expectations alongside resources available and details of expected skill progression. In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. The long term plan allows for cross-curricular links to be made where possible.
There are many other opportunities where children are involved in PSHE outside the discreet lesson, including acts of collective worship where a range of themes are covered. Some of these include cross curriculum teaching (e.g. RE and Geography), the school council, the Castor Ambassadors and buddy and house group activities.
Children will understand the vision and values of Castor C of E Primary School and embed these within their learning behaviours. There will be improvements in pupils’ communication skills, confidence and concentration. Children will feel that school is a safe environment and will be comfortable to share their concerns and worries, knowing that people will listen. Children will have respect for themselves and others. Children will be taught about positive body image and respecting their own identity, through lessons and messages within collective worship. Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community. Children will understand the ABCDE of rights and be able to explain the terms: Universal, Inherent, Inalienable, Unconditional and Indivisible.
We will link the school values to our learning in classes and in collective worship.