Coordinator: Miss Hemingway
Here, at Netherthong, the aim of PSHE is to help children to gain and develop knowledge and understanding of the world around them in order to help them develop as young citizens. In an ever-changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and wellbeing.
PSHE is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school. PSHE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly RE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
Our PSHE curriculum has been adapted from the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study. It is used to enable us to develop our pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding based on the three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. It takes into account progression and development of pupils’ understanding of the overarching concepts and development of essential skills. Topic areas are arranged into half-term ‘chunks’, which have been adapted to suit our planning requirements. We ensure that the content is relevant and appropriate to the ethos of our school and the needs of our pupils.
From September 2020, the teaching of relationship education became compulsory in primary schools. At Netherthong, we have decided to use and adapt the CWP Teaching RSE with Confidence in Primary Schools scheme of work. We have made sure that the content and the environment that this is taught in, is relevant and appropriate for the children and their needs in our school.
The class teachers deliver a PSHE lesson each week. At appropriate times in the year, there are themed weeks e.g. UK Parliament Week, World Mental Health Day where the children focus on British Values and mental wellbeing. Across school, we have groups which promote our PSHE curriculum and develop children into young leaders. The groups are as follows:
Here at Netherthong, we firmly believe that a meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults. We want to ensure that children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. From exposure to a range of global issues and problems, children can build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility of being a global citizen, children can understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves.