Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) supports children to learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their community. It supports them to reflect on their own experiences, views and opinions within a safe and supportive learning environment. Children learn rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and what it means to be a part of the class and school community. They are encouraged to value one another and develop positive relationships with adults and their peers.
At Lincoln Gardens Primary School we use schemes of work provided by the PSHE Association which cover three core themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
Each year group covers these same core themes, building on learning which has gone before with the aim of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding to help children fulfil their potential. Through a range of activities such as circle time, debating, role-play and turn-taking games children are encouraged to develop the confidence to express opinions, ask questions and challenge information presented to them. In addition to these schemes of work, we also make use of on-line resources such as the NSPCC website. Specialist visitors such as E-Safety Officers and ‘Big Talk Education’ help deliver key messages to children and parents regarding on-line safety and Sex and Relationships Education.
PSHE underpins much of what we do and the education programme is just one part of how we support children to develop these skills. We also embed PSHE in the following ways:
- Assemblies introduce a ‘thought for the week’ which is then discussed in class and linked to other areas of learning. During these weekly assemblies, we also explore what it means to live in a democratic society by learning about ‘British Values’.
- Cross-curricular links offer opportunities to embed PSHE concepts such as reflective writing in literacy for exploring emotions and relationships with others. Science is another strong cross-curricular link where children learn about healthy lifestyles and bodily changes.
- Every class has a VIP for the day. This person is responsible for jobs such as returning the register to the office.
- Children’s achievements are celebrated as part of ‘Gold Book’ assemblies and children who consistently try hard to make good choices are recognised through the ‘Always Club’.
- Our weekly newsletter provides an opportunity to share children’s learning and special experiences with parents and carers.
- Parents are encouraged to share their children’s learning through special class assemblies.
- Our ‘School Council’ meetings allow pupils to share their collective views about the issues which are important to them.
- A wide variety of clubs offers children opportunities to develop and discuss their interests with their peers.
- Regular school trips enhance learning and understanding allowing children to make links and reflect on the topics they are exploring.
- Themed weeks where the majority of learning is based upon a particular theme, e.g. Anti-Bullying, E-Safety, and Science.
These valued aspects of school life are also part of our commitment to support children’s ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural’ development.
We want children to be able put what they have learned into practice in their own lives in order to prepare them as much as possible for their journey into the wider world.