“To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.” DfE: Relationships and Health Education 2019
At Addmore Federation we believe that ensuring a high-quality PSHE curriculum will inspire pupils to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world around them, and support them in developing as conscientious, healthy global citizens. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as confident well-rounded individuals.
Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Within AddMore Federation, children are encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community, formally through School Council meetings and informally through building warm relationship among the school community. Through this role, children develop their sense of self‐worth.
Through the framework of the RHE Education 2019, PSHE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop an understanding of the importance of families and that families come in many different forms;
- understand that healthy and happy friendships are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded;
- know how to recognise who to trust and who not to trust;
- know the importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from them;
- know how to deal with online communication/relationships safely;
- know how to keep themselves safe
- understand how to look after their mental health and how to deal with their emotions;
- know the importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines and the mental and physical benefits of an active lifestyle;
- know what constitutes a healthy diet and the principles of planning and preparing a range of healthy meals;
- understand the facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use and drug-taking
- know how to keep healthy;
- know basic first aid;
- understand the key changes to the adolescent body.
Our aims in teaching PSHE are for pupils:
- to understand the school’s Christian Values and British values and their impact on their daily lives and within the school and the wider community;
- to know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
- to know how to keep themselves and others safe;
- to understand what makes for good relationships with others;
- to have respect and tolerance for others;
- to be independent and responsible members of the school and the wider community;
- to be positive and active members of a democratic society;
- to develop self‐confidence and self‐esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
- to develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
PSHE/RHE is a foundation subject introduced into the national curriculum in 2021 (originally 2020 but delayed by the Covid epidemic). At AddMore Federation it is taught in blocks through ‘topic’ themes, usually for half a term at a time. Through these themes our children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. In our Early Years settings PSHE is taught as part of the Foundation Stage curriculum: Personal, Social and Emotional Development. This is one of the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage.
Our PSHE curriculum is based on three strands which run through each year group:
- Relationships: Friends and family; Safe relationships; Respecting ourselves and others
- Living in the Wider World: Belonging to a community; Media literacy and digital resilience; Money and work
- Health and Well-being: Physical health and mental wellbeing; Growing and changing; Keeping safe
We use resources from the PSHE Association, as well as the Shropshire Council ‘Respect Yourself’ and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, DSF) to plan and deliver our PSHE curriculum. These resources are kite marked and have been approved by the DfE.
We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all of our units of work. PSHE supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers:
- Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in educational visits as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations. E.g. school nurse, Safety Scene West Mercia Police initiative, NSPCC visitors.
- Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community. Regular outdoor activities include The Daily Mile and PE lessons for health; Forest School for building relationships.
- Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. PSHE enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Respect, friendship, kindness, forgiveness, patience, trust, truthfulness – building relationships.
- Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives.
- Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. PSHE plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of their local community, the wider world and their place in it.
How the national curriculum for PSHE/RHE fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.