Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
At Woodfield, we believe that PSHE is a fundamentally important area of learning. Our PSHE curriculum has been planned to enable children to understand their emotions so they can play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepares them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.
In KS1 we follow the You, Me, PSHE scheme of work alongside the Relationship and Sex Education programme. Through You, Me, PSHE we cover: sex and relationships education, drug alcohol and tobacco education, keeping safe and managing risk, mental health and emotional wellbeing, physical health and wellbeing, careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing, identity, society and equality. PSHE is also linked with our school values and the teaching of our schools ‘Learning Powers’, such as being resilient like Albert the armadillo and learning to co-operate like Sadie the squirrel. The ‘Learning Powers’ are a fundamental part of our whole school assemblies and school ethos and are incorporated into lessons whenever appropriate.
The purpose of the PSHE curriculum at Woodfield Infant School is to equip children with the necessary skills to enable them to become responsible citizens who are able to establish and sustain meaningful and positive relationships with others. Following a recognised scheme of work, the key areas of mental and physical health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, ensure that the children have the opportunity to learn the essential life skills required in order to lead a happy and healthy life. It also provides an opportunity for children to grasp a basic understanding of economics, including ways to manage money.
Safeguarding is an integral part of the PSHE curriculum and we encourage children to have the confidence to express their thoughts and feelings through open and honest discussion and to share any concerns they may have within a supportive environment. In order to do this, children need to have a sufficiently developed vocabulary to enable them to share their opinions and describe personal experiences with accuracy and using appropriate terminology therefore, we endeavour to teach the children a rich vocabulary across all subject areas.
SEND and disadvantaged children will have full access to the curriculum which fits in with our school ethos. We recognise at times; pupils require additional support to access the curriculum. This is supported through additional questioning, prior teaching of new vocabulary and adult support in discussions to develop knowledge and understanding.
By the time our children leave Woodfield Infants School they will:
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- begin to understand and manage their emotions
- begin to look after their mental health and well-being
- develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future
- build respect for themselves and others
- continue to develop a positive self esteem
End of Key Stage One Expectations
At the end of Key Stage One, as responsible citizens, we want children to be able to:
- identify and name some feelings and express some of their positive qualities
- demonstrate that they can manage some feelings in a positive and effective way, beginning to share their views and opinions
- make simple choices about some aspects of their health and wellbeing and know what keeps them healthy
- explain ways of keeping clean and name the main parts of the body.
- talk about the harmful aspects of some household products and medicines, and describe ways of keeping safe in familiar situations
- recognise that bullying is wrong and can recognise the effect of their behaviour on other people, and can cooperate with others
- identify and respect differences and similarities between people, and can explain different ways that family and friends should care for one another
- set themselves simple goals