PHSE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education.
PHSE at Grove Street Primary School
At Grove Street, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. At Grove Street Primary School, PHSE 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 have taken in to account local challenges such as drug use and teenage pregnancy to inform the design of our curriculum.
We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities through our Right Respecting Schools Programme. Children learn 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 through initiatives such as School Council.
How do we deliver PSHE at Grove Street Primary School?
- Each half term has a unit theme: managing feelings, health (including drugs education), building character, citizenship, relationships (including sex education) and financial education. These are taught to an appropriate level depending on the age of the children
- All pupils have a timetabled weekly PSHE lesson.
- Medium term planning is given to all staff which has been developed by PSHE lead in guidance with The PSHE Association to meet the needs of our pupils.
- Medium term planning incorporates other resources such as Christopher Winters and Go Givers.
- Each class provides evidence of learning through a floor book which celebrates the achievements of the class through photos, written work and observations.
- Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
- Assemblies are planned to cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school such as British Values.
A typical PHSE lesson would include -
- Revision of previous learning
- A shared read to introduce new learning
- Introduction of new learning including new vocabulary
- Opportunities for children to make real decisions about
possible scenarios they may face, and activities such class discussions or role play
- Evidence of work gathered in a class floor books so that the focus is on discussions and the children’s understanding of what is taught and not on written aspects
- A clear end point, identified at the start of the theme in order for teachers and pupils to assess their learning during the half term.
- As needed, support is provided to children when they find particular topics more challenging and each class has a worry box, in which the children can share any concerns, whether they arise from lessons or from something else.
The way our children showcase, share and celebrate their learning in PHSE will best show the impact of our curriculum. Evidence taken from floor books and pupil voice opportunities will also be used to evidence impact. As a result of the implementation of a broad and balanced PHSE curriculum we believe our children will have the knowledge and skills to become confident, resilient and tolerant adults prepared for life in modern Britain. Our children will be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through any challenges they face and this will have a positive impact on behaviour around our school. From exposure to a range of global issues and problems, our children will build up tolerance and the sense of responsibility of being a global citizen. Our children will understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves.