Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) education helps children identify, manage and even celebrate the many personal, economic and social challenges they face during their time at school and in the future.
We recognise that ‘pupil voice’ (pupils being engaged as active participants in their education) is vitally important for ensuring that children feel valued, safe and supported in their environment. Our school council plays a key role in encouraging pupil voice. A child from each class makes up the council and they attend regular meetings with the headteacher. Children are given the opportunity to make decisions and vote, as well being introduced to the democratic system. Year 6 house captains are supported by vice house captains.
In Key Stage 1, pupils learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, drawing from their own experiences and from the Early Learning goals for personal, social and emotional development. They learn about a healthy lifestyle and how to keep themselves healthy. Children are taught the importance of keeping safe. They are given the opportunity to show that they can take responsibility for themselves and their environment.
Children are taught the importance of working with others. They begin to learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. As members of their class and the school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its community.
In Key Stage 2, pupils use their Key Stage 1 knowledge and skills as a foundation from which to build. They learn more about themselves as individuals and as members of their communities, exploring their own experiences and ideas. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn how to make more informed choices about their health and the environment, to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning, and to resist bullying. They learn how to take a more active part in school and community activities.
Children learn about the wider world and the interdependence of its many communities. They develop a sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national and global issues and political and social institutions. We support our children with their changes through puberty. We help them to prepare for the challenge of transition to their senior schools. With our support and encouragement, PSHCE sessions help to equip our children with the skills to face these new challenges and to believe that success starts from within.
PSHCE, amongst other aspects of school life, also actively promotes fundamental British values. Children study topics related to British values of distinguishing right from wrong and respect for democracy and equality, including an appreciation for other cultural traditions as well as a broad general knowledge of public institutions in England.