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PSHE/RSE Curriculum

The school’s PSHE provision supports the school’s aims of developing confident citizens and successful learners who are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems. The social and emotional development of pupils is embedded throughout the entire school’s curriculum and culture. The school has a powerful combination of a planned thematic PSHE program, built around a spiral curriculum of recurring themes, designed to:

Give pupils the knowledge and develop the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions;

  1. Encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness;
  2. Enable pupils to make sense of their own personal and social experiences;
  3. Promote responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle;
  4. Enable effective interpersonal relationships and develop a caring attitude towards others;
  5. Encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment;
  6. Help our pupils understand and manage their feelings, build resilience and be independent, curious problem solvers;
  7. Understand how society works and the laws, rights and responsibilities involved.

We know there is a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education are critical to ensuring children are effective learners


Our Intent:

At Killingholme Primary, we promote a positive attitude to learning (based on our school vision of Partnerships + Potential + Performance = Success), encouraging our students to aspire to achieve their full potential by providing rich, motivational, purposeful and inspiring learning.

The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum, which is accessible to all which encourages our children to have a positive and successful role in society as children and adults in the future. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and 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. To develop their understanding of fundamental British values by increasing their acceptance and appreciation of diversity, celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law. To develop oracy skills, debate and expression of opinions through discussion. Children will develop their resilience, confidence and independence, which will help them keep physically and mentally healthy at each stage of their education. 

Our Implementation:

PSHE in our school is taught using a flexible scheme called SCARF (a PSHE curriculum: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship), which supports the school in meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum and its obligations in relation to safeguarding. SCARF gives teaching staff high quality planning and resources which our teachers adapt to their classes’ needs. This includes key vocabulary and questioning. SCARF is also mapped to the new DfE guidance for Relationships Education and Health Education, The PSHE Association's Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities, the National Curriculum, Curriculum for Excellence and Ofsted's requirements. 

The topics covered in Early Years are the same, enabling the children to build on prior learning and building the foundations from topics in year 1 to year 6. This is to consolidate the children’s learning and develop on previous learning.

This supports the children who have different starting points at the school. PSHE skills are also taught through cross curricular links, assemblies and  (often the theme for assemblies identifies, promotes and celebrates one of the school’s or British values), other school events, such as residential visits, special activities planned to allow the children to work together, partnership with local schools and School Council. Metal Heath Champions and teachers incorporate the teaching of PSHE related skills, knowledge and attitudes into lessons across the curriculum as and when appropriate. We celebrate achievement and progress within the areas of personal, social, emotional development through our weekly Good Work Assembly, which celebrates a variety of personal achievements in and outside school, with particular focus on our ‘school vision, Partnerships + Potential + Performance = Success’, as well as on academic successes. By offering a curriculum, which is tailored to individual needs, we hope to see that all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with SEND, have the chance to succeed. 

At the beginning of each unit, children create a concept map, where they are able to write down any knowledge they currently know about the topic ahead. They then add and build upon this each week at the end of a lesson in green pen. This creates a working document, which the children have ownership of, to show the knowledge which has been learnt throughout the term. At the end of the unit, children are given an exit task to measure the progress. In addition to this, at the beginning of each lesson, a retrieval practise activity is given to the children about the previous weeks' learning to bring the knowledge back to the forefront. This is known to the children as ‘It’s Nothing New’. We use assessment for learning to ensure all lessons are relevant and will help to plan for next steps.

Child speak values mats can be found in the front of PSHE subject books and these ensure children not only know what they are learning, but also the values they are learning when studying PSHE.

Subject co-ordinators are given regular time to ensure resources are kept up to date, to monitor subjects across the school, create action plans and provide subject feedback to SLT as appropriate. Subject leads once a term will also generate a standards report, based on the teacher's assessment of students over the term. This will inform their next steps in their subject.

The Impact:

Our PSHE curriculum reflects the needs of our students, supports the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and promotes British values. The SCARF programme of study provides our school with an effective framework for pupils’ wellbeing. Students are enabled to develop the vocabulary, confidence and resilience to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings within an environment that encourage openness, trust and respect and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will apply their understanding of society to their everyday interactions, from the classroom and the school to the wider community they are part of SCARF actively supports our school which prioritises physical and mental health, providing pupils with the skills to evaluate their own wellbeing needs, practice self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them. 

Our PSHE provision has a positive impact on the whole child, including their attainment and progress, by overcoming any social and emotional barriers to learning and build on their self-esteem. In our school we use SCARF as a tool to promote wellbeing, safeguarding. We believe that through the effective delivery of the SCARF curriculum we enable pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed at school and in the wider world. 

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