At St. John’s, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. It is given high priority among both pupils and staff.
Through the teaching of key building blocks and characteristics of relationships in all contexts, alongside an essential understanding of a healthy lifestyle, PSHE provides our pupils with the tools to enable them to flourish academically, emotionally and spiritually. This is underpinned by the belief ‘there is one body, but it has many parts.’ The curriculum aims for pupils to understand how they are developing in all areas and provides them with the understanding of how to seek help or advice, if needed.
Our curriculum promotes healthy and independent individuals who are responsible members of society. Pupils are all encouraged to play an active role in contributing to school life, for example, through fundraising, supporting our school charities, involvement in the organisation of events and promoting our school values.
Pupils will become prepared with the knowledge and skills for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of their future life, both online and offline. They are taught to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Pupils are alive to current issues and are encouraged to express their opinions, remain open-minded and demonstrate willingness to consider new ideas.
The wellbeing of every pupil is paramount at St. John’s. Pupils are taught the information they need to make good decisions about their own physical and mental health and wellbeing. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth, self-control and ability to self-regulate and taught strategies to do so.
PSHE allows all pupils to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way and provides pupils with knowledge and capability to take care of themselves.
At St John’s, we use a leading children’s health and wellbeing charity, Coram Life Education to support us in meeting the requirements of Department for Education, Relationships Education, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (2019) which is statutory from September 2020.
Requirements of the statutory guidance are covered through discreet weekly PSHE lessons using Coram Life Education’s online ‘SCARF’ teaching resources. The spiral curriculum allows lessons to be carefully sequenced and build upon each year, whilst having the flexibility to adapt learning to meet the needs of individuals, classes and our school community. Teachers are responsive and allow time for additional focuses to be discussed. For example, a child moving school, bereavement or friendship related issues.
St. John’s follows SCARF’s whole-school termly themes as below:
Term 1 – Me & My Relationships
Term 2 – Valuing Difference
Term 3 – Keeping Myself Safe
Term 4 – Rules, Rights & Responsibilities
Term 5 – Being My Best
Term 6 – Growing and Changing
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Objectives are also embedded through cross-curricular links and enriched through our school values and ethos. For example, RE and Collective Worship allow children to engage with spiritual and moral questions, Science covers aspects of Health Education and RSE curriculum and Computing supports teaching of online safety outlined in Relationships Education.
Pupils are taught through our inclusive curriculum which is taught sensitively to encourage a culture of openness amongst staff and pupils. At St John’s, our ‘Personal Development and Wellbeing Overview’, summarises how PSHE is set within the context of our wider school.
We provide the children with a language-rich environment where they have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, in order to understand PSHE and use it across the wider curriculum.
We have PSHE displays in each classroom to demonstrate current curriculum coverage and language used throughout the teaching of PSHE, British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC). Each class has a PSHE book to record responses and progress. These books will travel with the children as they move to the next year group, in order for pupils to reflect on their learning and the next teacher to see the class’ starting points, ensuring specific needs are met.
Mental health is high priority at St John’s and we aim to nurture the wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and our wider community. Children are provided with regular opportunities to talk, reflection time, mindfulness activities, yoga, brain breaks and self-referral ‘Talk Time’ with our school counsellor. Growth Mindset is also used to promote perseverance and resilience across the school.
We recognise that parents play a vital part in their child’s Relationships, Health and Sex Education and we encourage parents to discuss curriculum coverage with their child at home as well. Should you require any support, please do not hesitate to contact the subject leader.
For more information, please see our PSHE Policy.