Personal, Social & Health Education
PSHE underpins the curriculum at Becket Primary School. All stakeholders realise the importance and value of individual pupils and respond to their needs so that they are ready to learn.
A consistent approach to PSHE throughout the school provides the children a foundation that gives them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. By the time pupils leave our school we aim for them to be healthy, independent and responsible members of our society.
PSHE is the driver which underpins our curriculum, with the Thrive strategy at the heart of and incorporated across the school. PSHE falls within the ‘Understanding Physical Development, Health and Well-being area of learning. Along with our school’s Thrive approach PSHE is taught as discrete series of lessons, but also crosses into other curriculum areas. PSHE has the highest priority within school and this includes the consistent approach of THRIVE, RTime and the Emotion Cards.
Over the last two years the staff have been trained in the THRIVE approach and this underpins all our work in school. The THRIVE approach is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It also provides a firm foundation from which to build their academic attainment. This involves the whole-school THRIVE approach, THRIVE class action-plans, individual THRIVE programmes and the family THRIVE training.
RTime lessons take place within school from Reception to Year 6. RTime focuses on teaching social skills that will enable everyone in a class or group to relate well with each other. Much of the emphasis in RTime is on good manners and co-operation, creating a whole school ethos of mutual respect. In our school with respect and courtesy high on the agenda we aim to foster good relationships, as well as accelerated learning.
At Becket Primary School there is an important Continuous Provision or on-going elements of PSHE throughout the school. This includes the class rules, the school code of conduct, animal emotion cards, healthy eating as well as the Forest School and PE lessons. This helps to ensure the key skills, values and attitudes are visited throughout the year and embedded securely.
The school follows a planned curriculum incorporating Relationships Education and Physical Health and Well-Being in the discreet PSHE lessons. We use a variety of teaching resources including the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Scheme, Growing Up with Yasmin and Tom, Red Cross Life Live It and the PSHE Association Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. Elements of other curriculum areas including science, DT and ICT are also included in the PSHE curriculum. Priority is always given to topics as they arise throughout the school year that need to be addressed immediately.
Within the Foundation Stage PSHE is encompassed within the prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making relationships, Self-confidence and self-awareness and Managing feelings and behaviour) and Physical Development (Health and self-care). As prime areas of the curriculum they are the priority for the younger children and are recognised as the foundations for all future learning.
Within Nursery PSHE is implemented through an individual approach with children, along with group activities as required. RTime and PSHE are timetabled weekly within the Reception class and again working with individual children is a focus. In Key-Stage One RTime is timetabled weekly, PSHE discreet lessons are time-tabled weekly every half-term and most importantly activities and lessons are taught as they are needed in response to the children’s needs. In Key-Stage Two RTime is timetabled weekly, PSHE discreet lessons are time-tabled flexibly and again most importantly activities and lessons are taught as they are needed in response to the children’s needs.
Ongoing formative assessment during PSHE lessons informs the next steps. Assessment comments are reported to parents at Parents Evening and on the end of year school report. Children with additional needs are fully included in all lessons. Class teachers provide the necessary additional support to enable all children to access the PSHE lessons. Learning journals in Foundation Stage have observations and records of the children’s learning. In Key-Stage One and Key-Stage Two PSHE is taught in different ways including drama, discussion, group activities and any written work is recorded in the PSHE books.
Assemblies are delivered to the children to support the PSHE curriculum by school staff and external agencies, including the NSPCC. We have developed partnerships with a range of agencies and visitors to classes include the Fire Brigade, Cycle Derby, the Red Cross, school nurses and a local farmer to promote healthy eating.