PHSE/RSE

Intent

At Henry Chadwick Primary School, our intention is to provide personal, social and health education (PSHE) that enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of an inclusive society.  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: ie, drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, sex and relationship education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

The curriculum at Henry Chadwick intends to help the children understand how they are developing personally and socially, and to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up, by showing respect and empathy to all. Through the curriculum 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 and to encourage our children to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Implementation

At Henry Chadwick, we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE,  and RSE is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. It is also a key opportunity to develop our children’s communication skills, through Circle time, debate and sharing our thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.

At Henry Chadwick we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. 

Impact

Our PHSE curriculum offers high quality and well-planned lessons which encourage progression. Continuity and progression are ensured though the use of progression and knowledge grids. These are broken into Year group expectations for both skills and knowledge covered over a two-year cycle.

PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values, respect and thoughtfulness in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

In order to ensure our aims have been met, we scrutinise topics through:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic before and after the unit.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Sharing good practice in staff meetings.

Marking of written work in books against the schools marking policy.