Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Curriculum
The Personal, Social, Health and Economic education of our children is of paramount importance to us here at Woodham Walter. We work hard to encourage our children to be confident, respectful and responsible and allow them to have a voice and make a positive contribution. We achieve this through regular Class and School Council Meetings where children can express their worries, ideas or just make suggestions of how to improve our school. From the start of Foundation Stage all children are given responsibilities like delivering the registers to the office or messages to other members of staff, in order that they familiarize themselves with their surroundings and build their confidence. As they get older they are given tasks like collecting the food bins for the compost or looking after the younger children at playtime to ensure the smooth running of the school as a whole and giving them a sense of ownership and self-worth. The children’s work is always celebrated by our hard working and dedicated teachers and TAs through fantastic wall displays in classrooms and throughout the school, and children’s achievements are recognised through the fortnightly ‘Celebration Assemblies’. PSHE is embedded in all areas of learning in our school but is also taught discretely through ‘Circle Time’ sessions and class discussions. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum children are taught about the importance of good health, of physical exercise, a healthy diet and ways to keep healthy and safe. This continues throughout the other Key Stages and as a whole school we hold Healthy School status.
The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
This programme of study covers Key Stages 1 to 4 and is based on three core themes within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
As part of the children’s PSHE education we have introduced a Life Skills ethos, which will eventually be embedded into every curriculum area to ensure that our children start developing skills they will use for the rest of their lives. The skills we will practise through our everyday learning are RESILIENCE, RESOURCEFULNESS, RISKTAKING, RELATIONSHIPS and REFLECTIVENESS, and the children will be encouraged to identify the Life Skills they are using on a daily basis. We have selected different animals to represent each skill to enable the younger children to relate to them, and all classes will display them on a working wall. This will be added to throughout the year with the children’s examples that demonstrate them.
These skills are also reflected in our Christian values:
RELATIONSHIPS, RESOURCEFULNESS, RISKTAKING Friendship Compassion Forgiveness Justice RESILIENCE Endurance REFLECTIVENESS Thankfulness We will work together to provide an environment where all are guided towards a confident, positive and self-sufficient future.