PSHE at the Skylark Federation
Our ‘Intent’ in designing our bespoke, South Downs curriculum is to maximise the potential of all of our pupils; intellectually, socially, morally, emotionally and culturally. We believe our curriculum should be relevant and have a strong local resonance with pupils. In doing so, our intention is that all learners reach their full potential through a curriculum that is tangible and real for pupils of the South Downs. That is not to say our curriculum is narrow-sighted: we use children’s local understanding to project their minds across the globe.
Personal and Social development plays an important role in everyday life at the Skylark Federation. Our schools aims for PSHE are for our children to be happy, healthy, safe and listened to. We encourage children to be reflective of their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially. We support them to understand and respect the diversity and differences in our communities, form effective and fulfilling relationships and build emotional resilience. We believe it is important for children to recognise their own self-worth and become increasingly responsible for their own learning and behaviours.
The statutory guidance covers three core themes: ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’, and ‘Living in the Wider World’. We use a combination of the Jigsaw scheme of work and Educator Solutions scheme of work to implement the PSHE and RSE curriculum. This supports our aim of developing the whole child through a spiral curriculum approach developing knowledge, skills and understanding.
The focus areas in the Jigsaw scheme are:
The Educator Solutions scheme of work particularly supports our teaching and learning of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). It is divided up into 6 key areas of focus:
These areas are developed throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. Learning is progressive from one year to the next enabling pupils to build on and develop their knowledge and understanding further.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part in children’s development and wellbeing therefore, it is taught weekly during discrete lessons. This enables staff to ensure that a full coverage of PSHE is taught. In addition to this there may be occasions where teachers feel it is important to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. This ensures that our PSHE curriculum meets the individual needs and development of the children.
Themed weeks with a PSHE focus include activities and discussions around areas such as Children’s Mental Health Week. Where possible people are invited into school to share their roles and responsibilities, such as firefighters from the local fire station.
PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Our termly values are formed from Values for Life. Children’s achievements are celebrated during a weekly celebration assembly. This includes a Kindness Award to celebrate and promote a culture of kindness.
Impact of our PSHE curriculum is reflected through the behaviours and attitudes of our pupils and their relationships with each other. Pupil voice and ongoing assessments show progress within various aspects of PSHE. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring.
“I love circle time because we get to talk about our feelings”
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