PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. We believe that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for our pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We further believe that PSHE lessons have a vital role in helping us teach our core values, especially Care.
Our PSHE lessons aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning. Lessons are grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), Anti-bullying and Drugs and Alcohol are part of this curriculum.
The national curriculum also states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. PSHE education is contributes to schools’ statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgments in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
Fundamental Great British Values
At Chapel End Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and
- At Chapel End Junior Academy some elements of PSHE are taught through a thematic approach. Other objectives are taught through weekly class circle times which also support the use of restorative approaches. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term and medium-term plans are adapted from the Scheme of Work Planning Toolkit for KS2 provided by the PSHE Association. These plans map out the objectives for each of the three core themes covered each term for each key They define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term.
- In Year 5, children receive the RSE curriculum, which is taught over 4 lessons. Parents are invited to in to discuss the programme, view materials and ask any questions before lessons commence. Each lesson in led by a senior member of staff and delivered sensitively. Lessons are taught in single sex groups where appropriate.
- In Year 4, a new programme is being delivered in collaboration with the London Borough of Waltham Forest Council and Barnados to support children with peer pressure.
Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their teaching accordingly. Assessment of the children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Assessment is largely based through questioning and verbal discussion, as well as recorded work. Feedback and marking of work is guided by the school’s Marking Policy and children are given time to respond to this feedback to progress their learning further.
At Chapel End we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. We do this in a number of ways. The PSHE curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding when using their pupil voice. Pupil voice has shown that PSHE is taught daily in a variety of indiscrete forms as well via timetabled discrete lessons.
- Safer Internet Day – children take part in lessons informing them of how to keep safe online including mobile phones.
- Year 6 citizenship – children give up their time during the lunch hour to support the midday assistants in the playground and in the lunch hall. They receive points which contribute to bronze, silver and gold and platinum badges.
- Anti bullying week – children take part in lessons to inform them of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and how to identify bullying and what to do.
- Road safety week – children take part in lessons informing them how to keep safe on the roads and as a pedestrian.
- Weekly assemblies led by the HT/DHT focusing on a different school life value or British value.
- Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons taking place across the school
- Joint scheme with Barnados and Waltham Forest Council to provide PSHE training for teachers.
- Weekly whole school assemblies, led by the Head teacher or SLT member, to inform children of the variety of religious festivals that take place throughout the year.
- International evening to celebrate Black History Month – large community event where cultural food is shared, activities take place throughout the school, staff, children and parents where clothing that represent their religion and culture.
Targets for 2018-19
- To raise the profile of focus weeks through poster competitions, children presenting in assembly and interactive lessons e.g. play scripts, performance poetry.
- To introduce a new curriculum for PSHE and a system for monitoring and assessing
- To introduce ‘Mini Mentors’ programme. Upper school pupils are trained by play therapist and SLT member on how to mentor lower school pupils. Children are then paired up accordingly.