At Harold Wood Primary School, we aim to promote pupil’s personal, social, spiritual and health education, as well as their emotional development and well-being. We build on statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum and in statutory guidance and follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work to provide consistency throughout our school, support staff with subject knowledge and reduce teacher workload. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. This enables them to learn life skills to assist their personal, spiritual and physical growth. We explore the changes that everyone undergoes to deal with today’s society and give pupils an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being an outstanding citizen.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wider range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth , work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. In addition, our PSHCE curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of RSE, as set in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
The subject leader’s team is responsible for ensuring a whole school progression is outlined from EYFS to Year 6 and ensure teachers use a long term PSHCE programme to equip pupils with an age-appropriate, sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous phase to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more.
PSHCE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured every week. Our children start the week with an assembly which introduces a theme that the children continue learning at an age appropriate level with their class teacher. Each week, we focus on a key current affair, theme or value. At Harold Wood Primary School our assemblies aim to develop a range of personal, social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills that equip children for life in modern day Britain.
At Harold Wood Primary School, PSHCE plays a vital part of primary education and is integrated throughout our curriculum. In addition, we ensure that children receive regular PSHCE lessons which focus on key objectives and skills. Teaching and learning in the classroom shows progressions of skills across all key stages within the PSHCE core themes: being me in my world, celebrating differences, dreams and goals, healthy me, relationships and changing me. RES is threaded through these core themes but is at the heart of two core themes (relationships and changing me). The curriculum at Harold Wood Primary School identifies links to British Values, SMSC and key skills into the curriculum. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHCE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class and we encourage this when and where possible.
The subject leader’s team is responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning of PSHCE from EYFS to Year 6. The subject leader has a detailed action plan, which is reviewed termly. Termly pupil voice and staff interviews/questionnaires are conducted and reviewed in order to improve PSHCE teaching and learning throughout school. Regular staff updates, CPD and support is offered to staff in order to support their planning and teaching of PSHCE.
The subject leader’s team is currently working alongside staff to develop the PSHCE curriculum further to ensure that the children at Harold Wood Primary School receive an in-depth curriculum with plenty of opportunity to revisit, review and remember what they have learnt. At Harold Wood Primary School, it is paramount that children have the opportunity to implement their personal, social, health and emotional learning in everyday situations and we encourage, where possible, real life context to be given. In our most recent OFSTED inspection it was reported that ‘The School’s curriculum is broad and balanced. It effectively promotes pupils’ personal development. As a consequence, pupils are caring, polite and welcoming to visitors.’ In September 2020, we introduced a recovery curriculum to address some of these needs and relate specifically to the Covid 19 situation. The recovery lessons complemented the Jigsaw Programme and ensured that children settled back into education and that their concerns were addressed at the time.