We believe that PSHE (Personal Social and Emotional Education) is a vital part of our curriculum as it helps our pupils to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and gives them the knowledge and skills required to face challenges, solve problems, build resilience and lead a happy and healthy adult life.
We want our children to recognise the link between physical and mental health and the ways in which they can look after both their physical and mental wellbeing;
We also want our pupils to recognise the impact that positive relationships can have on our lives and what to do if they ever need help and support.
We want our children to be aware of both the positives and negatives of the internet and how to keep ourselves happy and safe online.
We want our children to know what to do or who to talk to if they are worried or need help or support.
We want our children to develop the correct vocabulary and knowledge to enable them to express themselves clearly if they ever need help.
We want our children to learn about British Values and how they help us to be good citizens of Great Britain.
We use the Cornwall PSHE Curriculum, a curriculum written specifically for the county that ensures coverage of the National Curriculum content.
The structure of the curriculum provides lessons for each year group with specific lessons for every half term. It is a spiral curriculum so themes are revisited and built upon from lesson to lesson and year to year.
The curriculum covers the following themes:
- Health Education
- Relationships Education (including Sex and Relationships Education)
- Living in the wider world
PSHE also forms part of a wider whole school approach to wellbeing (please see the wellbeing section of this website for more information)
Progress in PSHE will be assessed by;
- Looking at pupil’s work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge
- Observing teaching and learning during PSHE lessons
- Talking to children about what they have learnt in PSHE
- Recording progress against outcomes from the curriculum
- Regard PSHE as a subject that they are engaged in and that they recognise the importance of
- They will be able to talk about the importance of both physical and mental health and the connection between the two
- Gain greater understanding and awareness of their own wellbeing and that of others
- Learn and talk about what factors contribute to enhancing and maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing
- Understand and be able to talk about how to keep themselves safe online.
- Understand and can talk about what constitutes a healthy relationship and the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship.
- Have the breadth of knowledge and understanding to help them to face challenges and to know how to keep themselves and others safe
- Know what to do if they have a problem or worry.
- Understand the importance of British Values and talk about them in relation to what they learn in PSHE and other subjects.
Our aim is to create a “joined-up” approach to mental well-being across the school, through PSHE, PE and SEND, leading to:
- All children having increased awareness of their own emotions; most children to be able to label simple emotions within themselves and others; some children to use strategies to work through their emotions and return to a calm-alert state.
- All children to have knowledge of ways to improve their mental well-being i.e. talking, acts of kindness, physical exercise etc.
- Stigmas surrounding mental health are challenged in our school with everyone recognising that mental health is just as important as physical health and that it is OK to not be OK. Mental well being to be given the same priority and status as physical well being in our school.
We have introduced a new Relationships Education curriculum (link below) to structure learning at whole school level.
Our PE curriculum uses the REAL PE resources a component of which focuses on emotional intelligence and communication as well the development of children’s understanding of the impact of physical health on well being.
Have a look at our Wellbeing page for the Five Ways To Wellbeing that we focus on in school
The NSPCC have additional resources that you may find useful when considering online safety. Click the link below.