At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, we believe that PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens. We ensure they are given the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential, in the classroom and beyond. We aim to give each child the skills and knowledge to create a better understanding of the world they face now, and in the future. In partnership with all members of our school community, we wish our children to become positive contributors to wider society.
Our PSHE curriculum is central to us trying to achieve this.
The aims of PSHE and RSE at Holy Trinity are to:
- Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils
- Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- Encourage pupils to value themselves and others
- Allow pupils to acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
- Teach pupils how to make informed choices
- Prepare pupils to be positive and active members of a democratic society
- Teach pupils to understand what constitutes a safe and healthy lifestyle
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
- Promote safety in forming and maintaining relationships
- Provide pupils with a toolkit for understanding and managing their emotions
- Provide pupils with the opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and/or the lives of others
- Help pupils to identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, how relationships may affect mental and physical health; and how to stay safe online
- Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
- Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
PSHE is taught using the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and the early learning goals (ELG’s) in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the prime area of Personal and Social and Emotional – this includes a focus on self -confidence and self – awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships.
In years 1-6 PSHE is taught weekly and combines the three core themes of ‘Relationships’, ‘Living in the Wider World’ and ‘Health and Well-Being’ across the year. This approach allows different year groups to work on similar themes at the same time, building a spiral programme year on year.
The school uses the scheme promoted by Manchester Healthy Schools curriculum, including “Growing and Changing Together” in order to develop our RSE teaching and learning for all children from Y1 to Y6. This is a spiral curriculum aimed at the sensitive development of knowledge, understanding and skills as a child progresses through the school.
We strive to deliver PSHE across the curriculum and make links wherever we can, including explicit links to British Values and The Unicef Rights of the Child. We further enhance this through engaging with national awareness and charity days including: anti-bullying week; Black History month; Comic Relief/Children in Need; Road Safety Week. Assemblies link to Unicef Rights of the Child and awareness days where appropriate.
Under the guidance issued by the DfE, summer 2021, Relationships Education at primary school is compulsory. We believe that, to be effective, RSE should always be taught within a broader PSHE education programme. RSE enhances and is enhanced by learning related to topics including anti-bullying; keeping safe on and off line; keeping physically and mentally healthy, learning about drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and the development of skills and attributes such as communication skills, managing peer pressure, risk management, resilience and decision making. We are a member of the PSHE association which gives our teachers access to valuable resources and to support around the teaching of PSHE and wellbeing
We firmly believe that a meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults with an understanding of social responsibility.
- Children will be better prepared to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life.
- Children will build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility of being a global citizen through exposure to a range of global issues and problems.
- Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
- Children will have respect for themselves and others and be able to explain this.
- Children will know more and remember more about PSHE, evidence through teacher assessment and pupil voice.
- Children will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
For more information - https://www.holytrinity-manchester.co.uk/pshe-curriculum/