Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship is children learning about themselves as developing individuals and members of their community. This starts in EYFS with Personal, Social and Emotional Development and continues throughout our school.
Children will learn skills for keeping themselves safe and healthy and behaving well. Children are encouraged to take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They will begin to learn about their feelings and the feelings of others, their views matter and the rights of others. Children will learn to share, take turns, play, help others and resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They will begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood. Children get to discuss what they like or dislike, what is right and wrong, what is fair and unfair.
In Key Stage 2 children become more independent, mature and self-confident. They discuss social justice and moral responsibility. As they develop into young adults, children face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with the help and encouragement of Mab Lane.
PSHE at Mab Lane
Mab Lane Primary School is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for all pupils. Our curriculum ‘You, me and PSHE’ determines and underpins the whole ethos of our school. At Mab Lane, our personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum brings together citizenship with personal well-being, whilst promoting fundamental British values. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. It also underpins all activities, assemblies, educational visits and extra-curricular activities.
Alongside the teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary, here at Mab Lane Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community including, staff, pupils and families. We aim to provide pupils will the tools and strategies needed to cope when faced with challenges within school or home life.
It is intended that we will offer a cohesive whole-school approach which results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
At Mab Lane we provide a comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum (You, me and PSHE). This scheme of work (KS1 and KS2) focuses on the core learning themes of PSHE and also includes opportunities to link British Values and SMSC. It also follows the current guidelines for Sex and Relationship education which will become statutory September 2020.
Parents are informed of the content of the RSE programme of work via a letter which will go out to all children new to school. Within this letter it describes the breakdown of what their child will learn in which year through the curriculum overview and details why RSE is vital to improve child wellbeing, safeguarding and wider education. Parents are informed that they can opt out by writing a letter to our headteacher detailing why they would like their child to opt out after seeking a meeting with our PSHE lead where further support / clarification is given if required.
The provision is planned to ensure development in Physical, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), which occurs daily. In provision, children will explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, self-confidence and self-awareness, rules and routines, empathy and restorative justice.
In KS1 and KS2:
We use the scheme of work ‘You me and PSHE’ to inform our curriculum planning. Topics included in the programme of study are taken from the strands of PSHE: Careers and finances, Identity society and equality, Mental Health and emotional wellbeing, Sex and relationship education, Physical health and wellbeing, Drugs alcohol and tobacco education and Keeping safe and managing risk.
PSHE is also taught across the school continuously during lessons, assemblies, school clubs, school events and break times. Throughout their time at Mab Lane children can take part in various wider community events such as retirement home carol singing. We ensure that language in relation to PSHE and SMSC is consistently used by all staff. In addition, PSHE is integrated into our curriculum through SMSC, our half-termly values and our School Learning Behaviours:
Subject leaders and leaders at all levels, including Governors regularly review and quality assure the subject areas to ensure that is being implemented well and coverage and breadth and balance is adequate.
In order for us to be able to deliver the best and most up to date curriculum we provide staff with high quality CPD in their subject specific areas of leadership or teaching role. This may include attending nationwide courses on the curriculum, assessment of research. Through this we receive updates, courses and research findings into the effective provision for primary pupils.
Regarding mental health, we pursue this aim using both universal and whole school approaches as well as specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. We have a dedicated member of staff (Pastoral lead) who deals with the emotional well-being of all our school community. Pupils are encouraged to talk openly about their mental well-being and access support as and when required.
Our PSHE curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development our pupils preparing them for life in the wider world. At Mab Lane Primary School children are taught:
To develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.
They receive opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
The skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
Have opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy.
Children develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
They understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level and have respect for themselves and others.
They demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school, and this is evident in the good behaviour seen across the school. As a result of this, children achieve age-related expectations across the wider curriculum. Teachers assess pupil’s progress using teacher knowledge and pupil voice is used to measure children’s understanding.
Pupils with additional learning needs make good progress across the curriculum in line with their own progress measures. Assessment of these pupils is in much smaller and achievable steps. We are proud of the life-skills curriculum that we provide for our pupils including our SEND pupils. Essential skills such as first aid, money awareness, internet safety, healthy eating and basic life skills such as tying shoe laces, using knives and forks correctly, telling the time are all part of what we consider to be necessary skills for our pupils to succeed in life and are key parts of our teaching in school. Although these skills may not be assessed numerically or with a grade, we still feel that being able to achieve these life-skills will enable pupils to fully access life in modern day Britain.
Furthermore, the impact of our PSHE program can be seen in the children’s social interactions, after-school club attendance and school council.