Personal Social & Health Education
The intent of our PSHE & RSE curriculum is to enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
At St. Joseph’s, we have two main drivers for our curriculum offer in PSHE;
Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We believe that PSHE & RSE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of our bespoke scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class, we call this a ‘curriculum response'.
Staff and children use floor books to record their responses and progress in RSE & PSHE sessions.
The delivered curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and is tailored to meet specific needs. Teachers use the PSHE lessons to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe our curriculum is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is also an important part of school assemblies and collective worship were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. We have two main curriculum drivers, which meet our contextual needs; equality & diversity and mental health & wellbeing.
Our school values and inclusion of Safeguarding within our curriculum is vital as first and foremost, we want our children to be safe and happy so that they can excel in all aspects of school life. Our PSHE curriculum provides them with a chance to reflect and learn about these crucial elements.
Our children and staff value well-being, mental health and good citizenship. Through our curriculum, we believe that we prepare children for the next stage in their education as well as preparing them, during this vital stage of their life, for the adult world.
PSHE Book Audit
Our curriculum is centred around high-quality texts as we believe books are mirrors when readers see their own lives reflected in the pages. Books are windows when they allow readers a view of lives and stories that are different from their own. Books become sliding glass doors when readers feel transported into the world of the story and when they feel empathy for the characters. As such, we wanted our PSHE offer to be reflected in the books we have chosen. The slideshow below shows the texts we have chosen for each year group.
We recognise that the primary years are a key time for children to develop their own identity and aspirations for the future. As well as academic development, it is essential that children are given opportunities, through the curriculum and beyond, for personal development. We understand the crucial role we can play in helping children to prepare for their adult lives so they can go on to engage positively in society. The opportunities we can offer them while at St Joseph's will impact upon their future, please see just some of these opportunities in the documents below.