‘Education is about more than tests. It is about helping young people discover themselves.’
As a school which intends to enable pupils to flourish in life beyond High Halden, our personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a vital and embedded aspect of our broad and balanced curriculum. 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, reflecting on their own actions and to 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. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development threads throughout all aspects of learning and is at the heart of our school Christian Ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become well rounded citizens, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
In Early Years, the provision is planned to ensure development in Physical, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), which occurs daily. In provision, children will explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, self-confidence and self-awareness, rules and routines, empathy and restorative justice.
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 we use the HeartSmart curriculum, as well as a continued focus on British Values in each half term. PSHE sessions are structured and designed to relate to each class cohort and current context, ensuring children relate to their learning and successfully apply skills to aspects of school and home life. Topics included in the programme of study are: Don’t forget to let love in, Too much selfie isn’t healthy, Don’t rub in it rub it out, Fake is a mistake and ‘No way through’ isn’t true!