PSHE Statement of Intent
At Waterside Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. We feel it is an important part of children’s education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live.
We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider community.
We are aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to schools Safeguarding, SMSC and British Values Policies. We are all aware of the important role the PSHE curriculum has in supporting school to implement the 9 protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010.
Through our PSHE and SMSC curriculum at Waterside Primary School we recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide opportunity for children to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance) first set out by the Government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2014, for those with different faiths and beliefs in order for them to become fair, tolerant and confident adults in a forever challenging world.
PSHE Curriculum Implementation
At Waterside Primary School, we have written our curriculum meeting not only the Government guidelines but the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use our Year Group Curriculum Overview which will equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and resilience and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: i.e., drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught weekly. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class and the nurture lead may also join these sessions when appropriate. Class teachers may also plan P4C sessions linked to cohort needs as they arise. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.
PSHE is also an important part of whole school and class assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured through the coverage of key events and National and Global news.