At Nelson Mandela School we believe strongly that PSHE forms an essential part of both a child’s education and well-being. It is vital we prepare our children to have the skills and attitudes needed to make our world a happy, peaceful and tolerant place to live. PSHE has an integral part to play in building pupils emotional literacy and their understanding of themselves as part of a community, with the rights and responsibilities this brings.
The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
In our school the PSHE curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways;
- As a whole school, through assemblies, but also through a strong school culture, whose values are integrated into each and every school day.
- For two terms in each academic year, through twice weekly PATHS lessons. (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies; or PATHS as it is more widely known; is a social and emotional learning (SEL) programme for primary school children. It is an early intervention prevention programme which builds social and emotional literacy, leading to benefits such as improved self-control, greater ability to solve problems and increased educational attainment.
- For one term in each academic year, through discrete weekly lessons which cover curriculum content that is not met by PATHS.
- Through cross-curricular links with other subjects such as Science, Geography and RE.
- Through annual focus weeks where pupils learn about subjects such as Safety, Money, Internet Safety and Road Safety.
When the new National Curriculum began in September 2014, we took the opportunity to review our school curriculum for PSHE. We have used as a basis a programme of study developed by the PSHE Association, who having consulted with a wide variety of agencies and PSHE practitioners, has produced a programme of study based on the needs of today’s pupils and schools. This programme of study identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help schools to fulfil their statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
This programme of study covers Key Stages 1 to 2 (continuing up to KS4 in secondary school) and is based on three core themes.
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World