At Handcross Primary School we believe that teaching personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is vital in providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
A good quality PSHE education provides children with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help children to stay healthy, safe and prepares them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.
The PSHE programme supports the development of skills, attributes, values and patterns of behaviour which enable pupils to:
- Value themselves and others
- Form and maintain healthy relationships
- Know how to keep safe and recognise dangers
- To understand their rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens
- Respect equality and to be productive members of a diverse community
- Understand the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
- Understand how their bodies grow and change
At Handcross we have tailored the PSHE Associations’ programme to suit the needs of our pupils, school and community. We follow three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. Where possible cross-curricular links are made between PSHE and other subjects, for example in Science and English.
PSHE learning takes many forms: through whole-class teaching, smaller group activities, assemblies, guest speakers and discrete lessons. During PSHE sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Children spend time considering scenarios and possible responses to them.
Each child has a ‘Worry Warden’, this is an adult within the school that they children have chosen because they are someone with whom they feel they can share their worries. Every class also has a “Worry Monster” to give pupils a voice and to enable them to share their feelings anonymously in a safe environment if they wish. Pupils can pop their thoughts into the mouth of the cuddly soft toy Worry Monster, a child in Key Stage 1 explains the monsters job, “he eats up all our worries so we don’t have to worry about them anymore.” These worries can then be addressed in circle time.
We encourage children to take part in a range of activities that promote activity citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, school fundraising, assemblies, class performances. The children have the opportunity to hear guest speakers, such as athlete’s, the local vicar and parents/ carers whom we invite into school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive community. We also take part in themed weeks such as Anti-Bullying week, to ensure children know what bullying is and how to deal with it.