PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Citizens Education. The learning equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHCE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHCE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
We believe PSHCE education can help schools to reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by pupils, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. There are many opportunities that the children have which help to develop their experiences further such as:
- KS2 Playground Leader training
- School Council & Sports Forum meetings
- ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) sessions
- Team Points Awards
Planning and Coverage
We teach PSHCE using the Social and Emotional Aspect of Learning (S.E.A.L.) materials which are designed to provide a whole-school approach to promoting social, emotional and behavioural skills. The materials provide a range of resources that can be used across the whole primary school. The themes that are studied are:
|Theme 1: New beginnings||Theme 2: Getting on and falling out||Theme 3: Say no to bullying|
|Theme 4: Going for goals!||Theme 5: Good to be me||Theme 6: Relationships|
|Theme 7: Changes|
We use the scheme as discrete lesson plans which we annotate on to edit and assess progress.