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. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multi-cultural society. Indeed, the teaching of PSHE helps in many ways to meet the objectives set out in the Children Act 2004 (Every Child Matters) – ‘that to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being’.
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.
What we teach
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 has divided PSHE 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 PSHE lessons in each class, weekly ‘SEAL’(Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assemblies will be 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.
Please click on the link to read our PSHE policy and a version written by the children.