We believe that the PSHE & RSHE curriculum plays a fundamental role in the development of our children to help them prepare them for their future, not just in their education, but so they can lead active, happy and fulfilling lives.
‘I have come that you might have life and have it to the full’ (John:10.10)
Our PSHE programme of study brings together citizenship with personal, social, health and economic well-being. The PSHE and RSHE curriculum supports our Catholic ethos and our school Learning Values of Ambition, Appreciation, Collaboration, Creativity, Independence and Resilience.
We aim to achieve this by creating a happy, vibrant environment where inclusivity, diversity and individuality are celebrated every day. We nurture and inspire our children so they feel valued and flourish. We fully support our duty to our pupils to provide a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education whilst promoting the British Values of Democracy, Individual Liberty, the Rule of Law, Mutual Respect and Tolerance.
Our PSHE programme provides a context for school to fulfil our responsibilities to:
Promote the physical, social and emotional well- being of pupils
Provide sex and relationships education (Taught using ‘Journey in Love’ – Diocesan Approved scheme)
Promote community cohesion
Achieve the aims of the whole curriculum
All PSHE lessons are age appropriate and are taught by the class teacher with the support of PSHE leader if necessary. Our PSHE aims are supported by Protective Behaviours lessons provided by Safety Net, a local charity who promotes safety and wellbeing of children at home, in school and in communities.
PSHE is delivered through a range of whole school activities, whole school assemblies and key stage assemblies. Pupils are given the opportunity to join and contribute to local and national initiatives eg. Friendship (Anti-bullying) Week, Harvest, Remembrance, CAFOD Walk for Water, collections for the homeless and other community cohesion and school fund raising activities. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in school assemblies, be elected as school council members and eco-council members and are very much encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions in a respectful environment. Pupils also enhance their learning of PSHE through other areas of the curriculum, school trips and in after-school clubs.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In Early Years, PSHE is learned primarily through play. Children are also taught through opportunities for ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ from Development Matters and themed lessons based on Feelings and Feeling Safe, Feeling Unsafe and Early Warning Signs, Body Awareness and Secrets and Telling and Networks. At St Wilfrid’s, we recognise that children’s Personal, Social and Emotional development is crucial for them to live healthy, happy lives where they can understand feelings and form positive relationships. To that end, children are given many opportunities to develop personally, socially and emotionally through play, small group and whole school activities. We value every child’s uniqueness and God given gifts and talents. We are fully committed to ensuring each child can access, and benefit from, PSHE.
Key Stage 1 & 2
Our PSHE Curriculum contains lessons built around the non-statutory National Curriculum for Personal, Social, Health Economic and Citizenship Education. Each year group has a set of lesson themes to cover over the year. Lessons are carefully planned for the children’s age and developmental stage. The themes are: Feelings and Feeling Safe, Feeling Unsafe and Early Warning Signs, Body Awareness and Secrets and Telling and Networks. These engaging and relevant lessons also enhance pupils’ learning and learning behaviours across the curriculum and are supported by our Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe approach to behaviour management.
Pupils understand how to develop their self-esteem and make informed choices and decisions. For example, they know they need to Be Ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe and, when necessary, to Stop, Think and Go. These strategies support the lessons to help pupils make sense of their own personal and social experiences, develop their own sense of self-awareness, feelings and strategies for managing themselves and helps children become reflective and think about their impact on others. Through the lessons, pupils also start to have an understanding of how society works and their rights and responsibilities within it.
Our school celebration assemblies celebrate personal achievements both in school and outside of school. Every week, some children are awarded Learning Value certificates to celebrate their personal achievements. These certificates also contribute to children developing positive attitudes towards their learning which will help prepare them for their lives ahead.
Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others