Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enable children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community, and to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the ‘School Parliament’. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
The aims of PSHE and Citizenship are to enable the children to;
- know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
- have respect for others.
- develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues.
- develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
- understand what makes for good relationships with others.
- provide the knowledge and strategies to promote mental health and wellbeing.
- be independent and responsible members of the school community.
- be positive and active members of a democratic society.
- be aware of safety issues.
- provide basic first aid training.
- be aware of online relationships and internet safety.
- be up to date with accurate and relevant knowledge.
- provided with opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding.
- provide opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
- provide the skills and strategies they need to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
Our PSHE Curriculum
We use the Enfield’s Scheme of Work for PSHE, which has been crossed referenced to the British Values and we have adapted the format to personalise the learning for needs of our pupils. The planning is supported by appropriate programmes, such as ‘The Christopher Winter Project’ (CWP) for teaching Sex and Relationship Education and Drug and Alcohol Education in Primary Schools for years 1 to 6.
We introduce PSHE and Citizenship through three annual Prince of Wales charity days, and other subjects, for example when teaching about local environment issues in Geography. There is also an overlap between the programmes of study of Religious Education and PSHE and Citizenship.
We also develop PSHE and Citizenship awareness through activities and whole-school events, e.g. the members of the School Parliament (MSPs) from each class meet regularly to discuss school, local and national matters. We offer residential visits to Year 6 children where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operative skills through team building activities. We also offer and encourage participation in sports, creative and musical activities, alongside Enrichment Clubs.
We teach PSHE and Citizenship to children of Foundation age as in integral part of the topic work covered during the year. For the Foundation children in our school, we relate the PSHE and Citizenship aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the document “Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage”. Our teaching in PSHE and Citizenship matches the aim of developing a child’s personal, emotional and social development as set out in the document. We also support Citizenship education when we teach ‘how to develop a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world’.
PSHE is taught weekly in Year 1 – 6. We use a range of teaching and learning styles. PSHE will be covered by planned discrete curriculum time. We place an emphasis on active learning by also including the children in discussions, investigations, and problem-solving activities and role-play scenarios. We encourage the children to take part in a range of creative and practical activities that promote active citizenship, for example in charity fundraising, or the planning of school events. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behaviour. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police, safety personnel, religious representatives, whom we invite into school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.
Children’s learning in PSHE and Citizenship is fundamentally improved by a positive ethos in the school. All activities that contribute to that ethos, such as lunchtime supervision in the dining halls and playground, Achievement Assemblies and extra curriculum activities are positively encouraged. We also promote a Values based education through Values Assemblies.
We recognise the Healthy Schools Award as an effective vehicle to promote PSHE and Citizenship which offers an integrated whole-school process, set alongside nationally agreed criteria, looking at health issues in their wider sense.
PSHE Curriculum Overview
Anti-bullying & Internet Safety
Basic First Aid
Living in the wider world &
The changing body (RSE)
|Families and people who care for me
|Recognise and describe feelings
|Staying healthy and the importance of sleep
|What is first aid?
|Spending money, needs and wants
|Our daily routine and keeping clean
|How to manage ‘big feelings’
|Keeping healthy through food and exercise
|How to call an emergency service
Nosebleeds & cuts
|Keeping track of money, spending and saving
|Differences between males and females
Naming body parts
|Different types of families
|Benefits of self-care
|Physical effects of smoking
|How to deal with burns
|Having a job, ways to pay, lending and borrowing
|Personal space & touch
|What impacts our mental health?
Effects of alcohol
|How to recognise/respond if a child is choking
|Accounts, keeping money safe, rules and responsibilities
|Growing and changing
What is puberty?
|Legal & illegal drugs
|How to recognise/respond to an asthma attack
|What influences spending, foreign currency and savings
|Male & female changes
Puberty & hygiene
|Respecting differences, equality and keeping safe
|Internet safety & harms
|Managing stress and seeking support
|How to recognise/respond to head injuries
|Effects of economic choices, debt, risk and enterprise
and understanding relationships
Parent/Carer Update – Relationship and Health Education (new statutory guidance)
From September 2020, as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme, the children in Year 1 to 6 will be learning about relationships and health education. The Department for Education (DfE) has published new statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
As a school, we are always keen to engage parents/carers. We would welcome your comments and would like to answer any questions that you may have. To prepare for the next Parent Forum please could you answer the short survey that teachers will be sending home and return to your child’s teacher by Thursday 30th January. Your feedback will help to ensure that the Parent Forum is informative and helpful regarding the new statutory guidance.
Prince of Wales Values – as a part of the children’s Social, Moral and Cultural development (SMSC) in EYFS, KS1 and KS2:
Anti- Bullying Week 14.11.22- 18.11.22
In Structured Lunch Club, Hameeda, Leyla, Abigail and Jacob have produced a poem together called “REACH OUT,” for Anti-Bullying week.
The children have worked as a team to come up with rhyming words and sentences, all about Bullying and what we can do if we feel or experience this.
We then asked Mrs Tootill, to help us to learn how to sign our poem out using British Sign Language. (BSL) This is so we can reach out to all, including those who may find it difficult to communicate.
We will film it and share it on the school website as another way of reaching out.
Hope you enjoy it and remember to “REACH OUT!”
Nursery and Reception had a visit from P.C. Louise
Sex and Relationships Education and Drugs Education
Our school follows the LA policy on Sex Education. The sex education programme is part of our Personal, social and Health Education policy. In Year 5 the pupils will receive a series of lessons about growing up and puberty and the parents will have the opportunity to view a video prior to it being shown to the pupils. Parents have the right to withdraw children from sex education if they wish, but will need to put their request in writing to the governors.
The school also has a Drugs Education policy and the children are taught about substance misuse.