Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is central to our school’s ethos, underpinning learning in the classroom, school and in the wider community. PSHE aims to help our children to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles 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. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as happy, healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
At VPA, we deliver a PSHE curriculum that creates children who:
- Can recognise and understand a wide range of emotions
- Can recognise and respect differences between themselves and others
- Can show a range of behaviours and is able to adapt these for different situations
- Knows the difference between a right and a responsibility and knows what these are for themselves and others
- Understand that there are personal and social changes in life that they can and can’t control
How it is Taught
PSHE is taught weekly across the school. We follow a different whole school focus each half term from FS to KS2. Each week, the children work of 2 to 3 objectives linked to the focus, which cover a range of personal, social and emotional topics. PSHE is taught through a range of activities, such as in-depth discussion, reflective drawings, independent research and a variety of written outcomes. PSHE is embedded within our whole school curriculum and carries high importance in all subject areas. Children are taught to reflect on their feelings and emotions, and those of others, throughout the school day, using the skills and knowledge they have gained within their PSHE lessons. In PSHE, we also ensure pupils are taught effectively about the SRE curriculum, to ensure they have the appropriate understanding of physical and emotional human changes.
Long Term Curriculum