At St Patrick’s Primary School, we believe that personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy and safe and know how to take responsibility for this. As well as encouraging them to become independent members of the society, PSHE helps learners to understand how they are developing personally and socially. It aims to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that they are part of growing up. We are dedicated to ensuring that St Patrick’s is a happy, stimulating and caring place where we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school. Behaviour and attitude to learning is underpinned by values that are taught through PSHE lessons as well as the values of the school. This makes PSHE integral to the success of the whole school and is at the centre of our school’s ethos.
We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: Peer Supporter, School Councillor, reading buddies and engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: health workers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, secondary school pupils, artists, authors, representatives from the local church, mosque and Wolverhampton Council. We participate in, and promote National events such as: Democracy Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Road Safety Week as well as others throughout the year.
We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at St Patrick’s Primary. We have worry and concern boxes in each classroom and around school and encourage children to share their concerns. Staff understand the impact of mental health on learning and work to establish good communication with their pupils allowing them to share and express concerns that they might have. We believe that a child who feels they can express concerns and are listened to will develop their awareness of their mental wellbeing as well promoting a healthy learning environment.
At St Patricks we believe that a child is not independent of their family and we believe in supporting the child within their family. We work hard to establish positive working relationships and open communication with the families of St Patrick’s. We understand that families are the pupils’ biggest supporters of their personal and social development and their role within PSHE is vital. We are very lucky to be supported by our Family Liaison Officer. We are able to provide in-house counselling to both pupils and their families. Through this role we are able to focus on supporting families to prevent problems arising and to deal with issues when they do occur. We encourage all parents to be involved in their child’s learning and communicate both progress and successes with parent’s regularly. We achieve this through positive teacher/parent relationships which strive to involve parents in their child’s learning, Good to be Green notes, Praise Assembly with parents attending.
PSHE is taught as both explicit lessons through the TenTen and 1 Decision schemes of work; but it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. We aim to support:
- Happy and positive relationships
- Empathy and compassion
- The confidence to make the most of their abilities
- Value and respect of diversity
- Respect for others’ rights to their own values and beliefs
- Evaluation (and appropriate challenge) of the opinions and arguments of others
- Leadership and presentation skills
- Strategies for managing influence
- Enterprise skills and attributes
- Skills for employability (aspiration, communication, creativity, goal setting)
- Taking positive risk
Through PSHE we are able to support our curriculum drivers and overcome the barriers to learning. Our curriculum ensures that children are able to receive a supportive curriculum that meets the needs of the children of St Patrick’s. PSHE aims to inspire children to think beyond their everyday world and see the impact that they can have on their community as well as encouraging children to become reflective learners.
Community and Wider World – As a part of our PSHE curriculum we take part in fundraising events that are national celebrations such as Purple day for Domestic Violence, Children in Need, Anti-bullying week, Harvest collections and food parcels for our local community. We also take part in local events such as Grow Social and Wednesfield in Bloom. These events are aimed to encourage children to think of themselves as a part of their local community and realise that they can have a positive impact on the community around them. Through these events we can support our local community as well as involving them through carefully planned measures within our school environment.
Communication – Communication is a key part of PSHE and underpins every lesson. We aim to create an environment that fosters open communication. In order to do this, we instil values of mutual respect and listening to each person that wishes to share whilst respecting the thoughts, opinions and ideas of others. As staff we model respectful communication between both other staff and children so that we can show the respect we try to instil in our children. We believe in the power of speech to communicate ideas and encourage children to take part in speeches for house captain and school counselor positions. Displays are used to celebrate learning that has taken place and provide examples of positive and reflective thinking.
Healthy Lifestyles – At St Patrick’s we believe that a healthy lifestyle consists of physical health, mental and emotional health. As staff we act as role models for children living a healthy lifestyle. Our curriculum specifically talks about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to become more reflective and improve our lifestyles. Our curriculum aims to support children see themselves as God’s creation and created with a purpose and unique. This helps children see the value in themselves and raises their expectations of how they should help take care of themselves. We make the use of our Rainbow room, HugglePets and Switch projects to help support the emotional and mental health of our children. Children engaged in other physical activities such as celebrating outdoor learning and understanding that outdoor learning supports the mental and physical aspects of our health.
Possibilities – At St Patrick’s we believe that a wide ranging and holistic approach to education provides our children with a rich education and platform for learning. It can help students be inspired and feeds into their learning. As a school we aim to provide as many opportunities as we can for our students to give them this rich environment of learning. We achieve this by making the use out of workshops and trips such as road safety, bikeability, vocations week, themed days such as debating and environmental workshops.
St Patrick’s PSHE scheme of work is designed into six themed units that consist of 6 to 7 lessons. Each unit has a planning overview, supporting resources, unit markers and self-assessment statements. Each of these units are revisited every year with a progression of vocabulary and depth to the theme that is appropriate to their age. By recapping children’s learning, we are able to build on previous learning. The unit markers are designed to remind children of previous learning and add new expectations each time they visit the unit. The units that we use are designed to deliver the learning in creative ways such as role-play, discussion and games with groups of various sizes. These activities enable children to build confidence and resilience. Assessment for learning opportunities are built into each lesson and enhanced by the work that is included in each unit, which enable self-evaluation and reflective learning and allow teachers to evaluate and assess progress. Each lesson begins with a discussion of children’s existing knowledge and experience, providing an opportunity for baseline assessment. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect upon learning.
Our scheme of work is made up from the 1 Decision curriculum and TenTen curriculum. We have found that this is an effective curriculum that reflects the Catholic values and teachings of our school and supports the wellbeing of our children. Children are enabled to develop the vocabulary for each of the topics within our curriculum that progresses in depth and complexity as children move through the years of school. Children are encouraged to articulate their thoughts and feelings with confidence and an environment of openness, mutual respect and trust. Children are taught how and where they can seek the support of others. Children are enabled to apply their understanding of society to the interactions that they have every day. These include interactions that they have in the classroom, playground and wider society that they are part of. We want to enable to children to understand and evaluate their needs both physically, mentally and emotionally this way they practice self-care and develop the awareness of those around them.
Successful PSHE positively impacts the whole child. PSHE helps to diminish the barriers that social and emotional backgrounds that might have in other academic subjects. PSHE works to raise children’s aspirations, awareness, and empowers children with skills they need to overcome barriers they may face. Both the 1 decision and TenTen curriculums support the safeguarding and SMSC outcomes of St Patrick’s.