PSHE education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. 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. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE) whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
At Great Barton the PSHE Curriculum is delivered through using the new framework provided by the PSHE Association in September 2020 in line with statutory requirements.
3 key themes ‘Health and Well-being’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the Wider World’ are visited in every year group from Year 1 to 6. The EYFS programme has also now been adapted to fit with the PSHE Association format to ensure continuity throughout the school.
There is an overarching key question as the focus for each half term or term. These begin in key stage 1 as ‘What? And ‘Who?’’ questions and build throughout Key Stage 2 into ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ questions.
Each year group is provided with a medium - term plan overview detailing the objectives to be covered during each half term along with suggested resources that can be used.
The school also has access to the PSHE Association website which is continually being updated with up-to-date resources. Teachers then plan their lessons using these suggestions whilst considering the needs of their class.
Children will demonstrate and apply the School Values of ‘Growth, Respect, Enjoy, Achieve and Team.’
There are also 12 Christian values that are focused on as well as our British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty.
Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
Children will become healthy and responsible members of society.
Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
We aim to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is everywhere - in discreet lesson, as part of the wider curriculum and as an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
Assessment and Monitoring
In lessons teachers can monitor the impact of the lesson/unit by comparing the baseline task at the start with what is added by pupils at the end.
For each half term/term focus teachers currently create scrap books. Photographs of activities along with examples of pupils’ work are included which provides evidence of impact. Talking in lessons and pupil perception interviews provide valuable evidence regarding pupil’s attributes and skills, knowledge and understanding and grasp of key vocabulary and concepts.
At present, teachers provide attainment data annually at the end of the academic year.
Monitoring by the PSHE lead currently consists of: pupil perception interviews, monitoring of class scrap books, assessment data analysis, governor monitoring, long-term planning evaluation, resource monitoring/ordering and provision.
Plans for further monitoring include: staff questionnaires, learning walks, lesson observations and parent perceptions.
In addition to the statutory guidance and the ‘PSHE Association’ framework objectives, children at Great Barton also embark in a range of complementary experiences and activities.
Special days are regular features throughout the school year. Days such as ‘Children in Need’ and those that evolve in response to issues locally, nationally or worldwide give children the chance to see the effect of the wider world. Anti-Bullying week and Mental Health week provides a specific focus on our feelings and the school embarks on activities to promote this.
Everyday school life contributes to PSHE from the rules and routines in class, to the focus and celebration of achievements in class and beyond in our assemblies. Special jobs and roles within school and break/lunch times also contribute to the children’s wider sense of belonging to school, their community and beyond.
Children's Mental Health Week: 6th- 12th February
As part of Children's Mental Health Week each class took part in activities to promote mental health on the theme of 'Let's Connect'.
Some classes completed some of the activities recommended by 'Place to Be' and some completed the 'Task Master' challenges.
During their Forest School session, Foundation Stage created self portraits. We also has a special dress up day to end the week where everyone was able to 'Dress to Express.'
Have a look at the photograph to get a feel of what we all got up to during the week.
Good morning Hare and Osprey Class,
Following my announcement in Greatness Worship on Friday we have had so many people sign up to say that they would be interested in becoming one of the four PSHE ambassadors for our school.
Mrs Ratley and I do not want to choose just from the names on the list so we are setting you a little interview task to complete during the Christmas Holidays.
If you are still interested we would like you to make a short video.
As part of your video we would like you to think about and include the following things:
* Why would you like to be one of our PSHE ambassadors?
* What skills do you have that would make you good at this role?
* Why do you think PSHE and Mental Health are important?
* What ideas do you have for helping us start a PSHE/mental health club in the new year?
* Do you have any other ideas or activities we could do in school to promote PSHE and mental health?
Please upload your video to your google classroom or if you have any problems bring it into school on a memory stick.
The deadline for videos will be Friday 6th January and I will try to do a reminder when we return after Christmas in the new year.
Good luck - we look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes Mrs Millin and Mrs Ratley
Congratulations to Beth, Eva, Lucy and Sophie who have just become our new PSHE Ambassadors.
They have been working hard with me, Mrs Millin, to start planning our new 'Chill and Chat' lunchtime club.
The girls have designed invitations that will be given out to the Early years and KS1 classes initially. They have also been coming up with lots of different ideas for activities that we will do at the club.
Mrs Green also told me that the girls recently spoke at a Governors meeting telling them all about the 'Chill and Chat' club and all of their other ideas that they would like to develop as part of their ambassador roles. Well done girls - I am already so proud of you for all the enthusiasm and energy you have shown.
Chill and Chat
Chill and Chat is currently run by Beth, Eva, Lucy, Sophie and Mrs Millin on Wednesday lunchtimes.
Currently we have some children from the early years and KS1 classes who were invited to come along.
Chill and Chat gives everyone the chance to talk, build confidence, share worries, mix with different people and have fun.
Sometimes we plan indoor activities and games and now with summer approaching we will also go outside for some fun making the most of the better weather.