Personal, social and health education (PSHE) is a planned, developmental programme of learning opportunities and experiences through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
We believe that the education of PSHE enables children to become healthier, more independent and more 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. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation of the School Council. We teach children about their rights and about their responsibilities.
PSHE makes a significant contribution to pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to pupils’ well-being. In addition, the learning provided through this comprehensive PSHE provision is essential to safeguarding pupils, as Ofsted has set out.
We participate in and promote national events such as: Black History Month, Fairtrade Fortnight, Mental Health Awareness Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Internet Safety Week.
The schemes of learning we teach and the activities outlined above ensure that we meet the statutory requirements set out in the new 2020 curriculum; Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education.
What we teach:
You, Me, PSHE Scheme (Islington)
PSHE respects and takes account of pupils’ prior learning and experiences. Our teaching reflects the needs shared by all children and specific needs of pupils in our school. Guiseley Primary School has adopted a scheme of work ‘You, Me, PSHE’: this is a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum, which meets the statutory requirements to teach Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education . The scheme is divided into 7 different strands:
- Sex and relationship education
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
- Physical health and well-being
- Mental health and emotional well-being
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Financial capability & economic well-being
- Identity, society and equality
Within each strand, we have designed age appropriate topics for the different year groups. One topic per half term is taught to each year group and these topics are explored in more detail as children move through school. Curriculum overviews can be found further down the page.
In addition, to support mental health and well-being we deliver sessions using the MindMate scheme. This is a spiral SEMH curriculum from KS1 to KS4. It is divided into 6 themes covering issues that children may be presented with and experience in their lives:
- Feeling good and being me
- Friends and Family
- Life Changes
- Strong Emotions
- Being the same and being different
- Solving Problems
There are 6 lessons for every year group; These are delivered one per half-term.
In addition to PSHE lessons in each class, weekly ‘SEAL’(Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assemblies are held to address different themes throughout the year: ‘New Beginnings’, ‘Good to be me’, ‘Say NO to Bullying’, ‘Going for Goals’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Getting on and Falling out’, and ‘Changes’. Assemblies are delivered by teachers in school and are both interactive and informative.
Verbal assessment from class and group discussion is supported by formal written assessment. At the beginning of the topic, pupils complete a written pre-topic assessment activity, which is then repeated at the end of the topic. This enables pupils and teachers to understand and demonstrate the progress made by individuals. In addition, this can identify any gaps in the pupils' knowledge that can be addressed in future lessons.
Please click on the link to read our PSHE policy and a version written by the children.