What are the aims of teaching Personal, Social and Health Education?
At Bramley St Peter’s our curriculum provides skills for life with a focus on health, well-being, safety, self-worth, difference and social responsibility. These elements are woven into the curriculum and taught explicitly through PSHE. We believe that by providing a good PSHE education we equip children with the knowledge and skills to make well-informed decisions on health and wellbeing, empowering them to stay safe both now and in the future.
We focus on wellbeing through our `Healthy: Inside and Out’ days, held on the first day of each half term. Lessons use the Mindmate curriculum and are enhanced by creative activities which promote positive mental health for children and staff. Through PSHE and Mindmate, we aim to provide the knowledge and skills our children need to be resilient, look after themselves and understand the support available to them. The PHSE curriculum complements our Growth Mindset characters: Professor Perseverance, Inspector Independence, Major Mistake and Captain Challenge.
At Bramley St Peter’s, we believe that the subject content of PSHE must be age and developmentally appropriate to our children. Lessons are taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents, while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law. Included within the curriculum are biological aspects of animal growth and reproduction that are essential elements of National Curriculum Science. The guidance states that parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from any part of any subject which forms the National Curriculum.
Teaching starts in the early years through the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Understanding the World. Our youngest children are taught through stories, circle time activities and adults modelling friendly and respectful relationships and behaviour.