At Norfolk Community Primary School, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the environmental, 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. This is supported through Healthy Mind Ambassadors, Theraplay style interventions and school council members.
At Norfolk Community Primary School we use 3D PSHE resources to support our PSHE curriculum.
3D PSHE develops fully-rounded children who are healthy, sociable and emotionally literate. It covers key concepts and skills to help you fulfil your statutory responsibility to support pupils’ SMSC (moral, social and cultural) education, focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Naturally, British Values are at the heart of 3D PSHE and we have also crafted age-appropriate resources to support schools who wish to discuss Extremism and Radicalisation with pupils.
3D PSHE prepares children for life in modern Britain today. It also helps pupils develop and apply skills and attitudes to allow them to become full and active citizens in our wider global community.
The Government have issued statutory guidance for teaching Relationships Education, Relations and Sex Education and Health Education in schools. Our 3D PSHE curriculum includes appropriate resources for teaching this, alongside other resources that we use in school (Living and Growing & Alright, Charlie? from The Blast Project).
Purpose of Study
Personal, social, health and economic education underpin the philosophy and practice at Norfolk Primary. We promote pupils’ personal social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It gives children an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen and introduces them to some of the principles of prudent financial planning and understanding.
Whilst the school’s PSHE programme is planned and delivered throughout the curriculum, this policy assumes that it is supported and reinforced by the ethos of the school itself. It is a responsibility to be shared by governors, teachers, support staff and parents.
The school accepts the importance of remaining sensitive to a child’s individual needs while recognising the pupils’ variety of backgrounds, experiences and stages of development. With this in mind, we have designed a personalised programme of study to meet the needs of our pupils.
Aims and Objectives
Norfolk Community Primary School, in consultation with a variety of agencies and using the results from our Health Related Behaviour survey, has produced this programme of study based on the needs of our pupils. Our programme of study identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help our school to fulfil our statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
At Norfolk Community Primary School we believe that the personal, social and health development of each child, in conjunction with their citizenship skills, has a significant role in their ability to learn. We value the importance of PSHE and Citizenship in preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In addition we believe that a child needs to learn about the many emotional aspects of life and how to manage their own emotions.
The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
accurate and relevant knowledge
opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
Teaching and Learning
Our programme of study is based on three core themes within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility across all phases:
1. Health and Wellbeing
3. Living in the Wider World
Our children will spend time each half term, through assemblies and lessons, developing their knowledge and understanding of each of the key attributes in the hope that the children develop not only as independent learners, but confident young people who are prepared for the next steps in their lives.
At Norfolk Community Primary School we have an active school council and expect teachers to aim to set aside time in class to discuss matters arising from school council meetings.