Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery we have our Christian ethos and core values of Perseverance, Kindness, Honesty, Love and Friendship which is highly supported through our PSHE curriculum. We aim to provide children with the key knowledge and support to help each child to achieve their full potential.
Through the teaching of PSHE we aim to:
• Promote positive and healthy attitudes, which allow children to work, play, cooperate and function effectively within a group.
• Encourage children to become self-reliant both in the carrying out of activities and the building up of relationships, in order to function as independent and confident learners.
• Develop and raise self-confidence and self-esteem.
• Encourage children to become active class members whilst experiencing the feelings of belonging to a wider community.
• Allow pupils to reflect and explore their own beliefs and that of others.
• Provide an environment where children feel safe, secure and valued.
• Have high expectations of good behaviour, care and courtesy for one and another.
• Enable each child to meet personal success and reach its full potential.
• Enable pupils to cope confidently with new situations.
• Provide equality for all pupils.
• Use ICT to support and develop skills in personal, social and emotional development.
• To ensure that the children are equipped with the skills they need to be good citizens and to thrive in the world beyond our schools.
Purpose / Implementation
At Christ Church Federation, the children’s learning journey begins on entry to our nursery school. PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) is part of the Early Years
Curriculum and provides a vital foundation for the new statutory PSHE curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2. The programme will be taught through a range of approaches including: Circle time, Role Play, Video, Stories, Collaborative discussion or tasks, Whole class, individual or group reflection. Visitors such as school nurse, fire fighters, police. Cross curricular lessons i.e. Science, Computing, Worship themes and the promotion of our core values and Christian ethos. We aim for the children to be able to make connections between, what is being taught in the lesson and how it affects their own life choices.
As a result of the PSHE programme of learning, pupils will:
• Be confident in themselves and be able to make the most of their skills, talent and abilities.
• Be prepared to play an active role as good citizens in society.
• Be able to make informed, healthy and safe lifestyle choices.
• Be able to recognise and develop good relationships.
• Be able to understand and show respect for the differences between people.
• Be able to use the internet safely and recognise the dangers that it poses.
• Know how to ask for help or find information.
• Be able to consider social and moral dilemmas.
• Be able to take responsibility for their actions.
“Successful personal, social and emotional development is critical for very young children in all aspects of their lives and gives them the best opportunity for success in all areas of learning.” (Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage)
“Personal Social and Emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves; and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.” (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)
Our PSHE curriculum aims to promote a healthy lifestyle, encourage safe and respectful relationships, raise self-esteem, allow children a chance to reflect and enable children to become more confident with new experiences and situations they may face as they grow up and become good citizens.
PSHE is taught weekly at Christ Church through a variety of different activities. Sometimes we discuss topics, use drama, draw, write or work together as a group. The use of a ‘spiral curriculum’ ensures that the children are able to build on their skills throughout their time at Christ Church.
Mental health and wellbeing
Every year group will focus on mental health and wellbeing as a topic during the school year. This will enable the children at Christ Church to become more empathetic and will enable them to learn how to look after their own mental health.
At Christ Church, we recognise the importance of our children’s health. We have a counsellor who visits our school once a week in order to support the children’s mental health and wellbeing.
SRE runs throughout our PSHE curriculum. Children get the opportunity for a visit from the school nurses to discuss certain areas, such as puberty and growing up.
"PSHE helps me in my life because I know how to be healthy"
"PSHE helps me to know how to be a good person"
"PSHE helps me because I know what is dangerous.
If I am in a difficult situation, I will know what to do"
"I feel comfortable to share my views because Christ Church is a safe place. PSHE is a helpful lesson for all children"
"PSHE helps me because I know how to make the right decisions"