At Studfall we understand the importance of PSHE and how it teaches children the skills, knowledge and attributes that they will need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepare for life in modern society. We regard PSHE as an essential, integral component of our curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos. Our aim is to help children understand how they are developing personally and socially and support them in playing a positive role in the life of the school and wider community.
We have created a PSHE curriculum using the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study and adapted it to the needs of our pupils, school and community. The scheme adopts a spiral curriculum which starts in year 1 and follows the children to year 6, enabling topics to be revisited, expanding on knowledge, extending thinking and developing skills.
The curriculum is based on three core themes which incorporate key topic areas.
Safe Relationships, Families and Caring Relationships, Respecting Ourselves and Others.
Health and wellbeing
Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe, Online Safety.
Living in the wider world
Belonging to a Community, Media Literacy and Digital Resilience, Money and Work.
Our PSHE curriculum also promotes the SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development of our pupils, dealing with many of the environmental, social and cultural issues that they will be exposed to as they grow up, therefore preparing them for life in our diverse society.
PSHE is embedded throughout our pupil’s school life, but discrete weekly lessons ensure coverage of all topics. Children learn using a variety of approaches that enable all children to have access to learning which includes: whole class teaching, group work, assemblies, educational visits, links with the local community, visitors to school as well as individual, tailored interventions. In addition, whole school campaigns throughout the year such as Anti- Bullying week, Well-being week, Mental Health Awareness week and Careers week compliment learning throughout school. Constant cross- curricular links are made between PSHE and other subjects such as R.E, P.E, Science, English, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Music to ensure learning can be applied and developed through a range of contexts.
Sex Education – Year 5/6
In addition to the topics above, SRE will be taught to our pupils in Years 5 and 6. This teaching will be in addition to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for Science, which at key stages 1 and 2 includes teaching about the main external parts of the body and changes to the human body as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty. All lessons are age appropriate and taught in an inclusive way. For further information, please see the Sex Education Policy on the school website.
The academy has a policy for drug education which has been written in conjunction with Studfall Infant Academy, local secondary schools, LA advisory teachers and the local health authority. In the KS2 the focus is on knowing what is good for you and medicines are safe for you. Children are encouraged to reflect on safe, healthy practices.