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PSHE

 

Intent

 

At Alston, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.  As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. The teaching and learning of our PSHE curriculum supports this so that all our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their future. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community. As we are UNICEF Rights Respecting School and at the heart of our ethos are the values of the Convention on the Rights of a Child.

 

At Alston Primary School, we aim to develop children’s understanding so that they:

  • develop confidence to make the most of their abilities, through recognising their own worth
  • develop confidence and self-esteem which enables them to put forward their own views but also understand the views of others
  • work well with others through a process of collaboration
  • prepare to play an active role as citizens in a diverse society
  • develop a healthy and safe lifestyle with the ability to take appropriate risk assessments
  • develop good relationships and respect the differences between members of the school and the wider community
  • make a positive contribution to the life of the school
  • and have the confidence to question when something is wrong

 

Implementation

 

At Alston, PSHE is taught under three core themes: Health & Wellbeing, Growing and Relationships and Living in the Wider World. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the National Curriculum, the school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: i.e. drug education, financial education, citizenship, mental health, personal safety, growing and relationship education (GRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Growing and relationship education is taught using resources from the Christopher Winter Scheme, which is accredited by the PSHE Association. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Growing up and Relationships.

 

PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and is taught weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE is taught in their year group. However, there are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is also an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

 

Impact

 

At Alston, PSHE education helps all children — the highest achievers as well as the vulnerable — to achieve their fullest potential.

PSHE:

  • Contributes to our children’s self-esteem, physical and mental health and wellbeing, encouraging individual responsibility for health.
  • Contributes to the safety and protection of our children and young people, from staying safe online to understanding risks associated with drugs and alcohol.
  • Promotes independence, resilience and responsibility — preparing children for future roles as parents, employees and leaders.
  • Supports employability by developing the personal and social skills demanded by commerce and industry.
  • Supports pupils to be critical consumers of information, and develops the skills to identify misleading news or views on social media and elsewhere.

                               

 

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