We believe that PSHE (Personal Social and Emotional Education) is a vital part of our curriculum as it helps our pupils to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and gives them the knowledge and skills required to face challenges, solve problems, build resilience and lead a happy and healthy adult life. Our school values of Resilience, Kindness, Perseverance, Aspiration, Respect, Knowledge and Reading and designed to enable a continuous discussion of and development of the qualities we support our children to develop through our PSHE curriculum.
We want our children to recognise the link between physical and mental health and the ways in which they can look after both their physical and mental wellbeing;
We also want our pupils to recognise the impact that positive relationships can have on our lives and what to do if they ever need help and support.
We want our children to be aware of both the positives and negatives of the internet and how to keep ourselves happy and safe online.
We want our children to know what to do or who to talk to if they are worried or need help or support.
We want our children to develop the correct vocabulary and knowledge to enable them to express themselves clearly if they ever need help.
We want our children to learn about British Values and how they help us to be good citizens of Great Britain.
We use the Cornwall PSHE Curriculum, a curriculum written specifically for the county that ensures coverage of the National Curriculum content.
The structure of the curriculum provides lessons for each year group with specific lessons for every half term. It is a spiral curriculum so themes are revisited and built upon from lesson to lesson and year to year.
The curriculum covers the following themes:
- Health Education
- Relationships Education (including Sex and Relationships Education)
- Living in the wider world
As we are a small school with mixed age classes the curriculum for years 1&2, 3&4 and 5&6 is taught over a 2 year cycle. Which can be found below and in our PSHE policy.
Progress in PSHE will be assessed by;
- Looking at pupil’s work in PSHE and across the curriculum, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge
- Observing teaching and learning during PSHE lessons
- Talking to children about what they have learnt in PSHE
- Recording progress against outcomes from the curriculum
How we support children with SEND in PSHE.
All children participate fully in PSHE lessons and those with SEND are supported by our staff to do so. They may be, given extra time if needed or have some adapted resources where necessary, eg social stories, extra visuals, etc. We also liaise with specialist teachers for advice on particular topics, eg SRE, to ensure children with SEND are supported in the most appropriate way.
What amendments are made to the subject in order to help children with SEND to achieve?
- We have several TIS (Trauma Informed Schools) trained staff who are able to support children with SEND in PSHE lessons and also offer extra sessions as needed during the week.
- A spiral curriculum (revisit and revise) - At the start of the lesson, children will be revisiting the vocabulary and keys facts you have learnt. This will give children with SEND more time and opportunities to understand the concepts and vital knowledge they need to access the learning.
- Visual word mats - where appropriate we will create a visual word mat, social story or collage for your children with SEND.