At St Philips, we believe that PSHE education is a fundamental part of every child’s education in order for them to become confident happy citizens. We aim to promote personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way in order to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances. We enable children to develop their sense of self-worth by encouraging them to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. We feel that learning about the emotional and social aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to empower them to have safe and fulfilling relationships and to become independent, responsible members of society. Having introduced children to a wide range of concepts and having exposed them to a variety of experiences, we hope that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society.
At St Philips we use the Manchester Healthy Schools’ i matter’ programme as the basis of our planning and teaching of PSHE. This is a whole school approach and consists of five areas of learning;
- Relationship Education
- Mental and Emotional Health
- Keeping Safe
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Living in the Wider World
Each area is revisited every year to allow children to build on prior learning. The lessons provide a progressive programme and are based upon the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health education.
Our PSHE programme deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings.
At St Philips, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach the statutory aspects of Sex Education that are covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this, we teach about different kinds of relationships and families, 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.
In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship 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 PSED Early Learning Goals from the New Early Years Framework.
Assessment compares where a pupil is at the end of a lesson or series of lessons against where they were before. Baseline assessments are undertaken before new pieces of learning. Assessment for learning is built into lessons to gauge understanding, adapt teaching and to promote and maximise learning. Assessment of learning is completed at the end of piece of learning and used to inform future teaching.