Aims and Objectives
PSHE and RSE enables our children to become healthy, independent and 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 so doing we help their sense of self- worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through our school council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
The aims of personal, social and health education are to enable our children to:
- stay as healthy as possible
- learn to keep themselves and others safe
- develop effective & satisfying relationships
- learn to respect the differences between people
- be independent and responsible members of the school community
- be positive and active members of a democratic society
- develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
Mental health and well-being
With regards to the current climate in relation to the after-effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, we are vigilante in regards to the mental health and wellbeing of staff, children and the wider community.
As a school we operate with full transparency; we are honest and have open lines of communication throughout all areas of school. (For any specific details refer to our school risk assessment).
We constantly reassure staff, children and the wider community by encouraging all to discuss any concerns they have about school and its environment. We are transparent about our responsibility to keep everyone safe and supported.
Our school is proud of our varied cultures and we use these cultures to support the understanding of the world. This helps develop our respect for all individuals.
In our curriculum, we promote relevant opportunities that enhance diversity; equality and acceptance for our children.
As a school, we have always valued each child and their heritage and we make links world events, historical references, religious events to celebrate our children and their place in the wider community and the world.
As a staff we stand together to challenge all forms of oppression and inequality; we recognise racism is one of these. We want our children to go into the world and become ambassadors for equality for all.
Teaching & Learning Strategies
Each class follows the ROSIS scheme of work. When teaching any aspect of PSHE and RSE, the approaches to teaching and learning and the methodology used are as important as the content. Both whole class discussion and responding to incidents as they arise are valid opportunities for addressing PSHE issues, but skills, attitudes and behaviour will be developed more effectively if a variety of strategies are used.
Active learning techniques enable learning to take place not only in the area of knowledge and understanding, but also in the areas of skill, attitudes and behaviour. For instance, by only listening to the teacher talking about how to maintain friendships or by reading about it, the child gains knowledge and understanding. In order also to develop their skills in this area, they need to practise them through participating in role play, for example. Activities and opportunities to reflect on, process and evaluate their learning also need to be included. Many personal and social skills can also be developed through other areas of the curriculum through effective implementation of the appropriate methodology for example, group work in a design technology activity which requires communication and co-operation between group members for the task to be completed.
At Eastwood Village Primary School, we are working towards developing our children to become independent, confident and responsible members of society, Our role is to compliment and reinforce this with our teaching. The PSHE curriculum supports the wider work within school to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are key to children being happy, successful and productive. We acknowledge that children are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline and our curriculum aims to support them to navigate this.
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Mental Health/Emotional Well-Being:
Protected Characteristics at Eastwood Village Primary School
It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people.
The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as:
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
At Eastwood Village, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
The plan below shows how this philosophy is an integral part of school life and is embedded into our curriculum. In addition to this planned approach, we react and respond to any incident as it arises within school, the community or is in the news.
The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:
- Our school ethos statements and SIP
- Our school core values
- Our school behaviour policy
- Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
- Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
- Assemblies – Picture News
- British Values themes
- Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking a cross-curricular approach
- Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE JIGSAW) sessions
- Religious Education (RE) lessons, RSE lessons.
- Sporting, Art and Cultural Events
- Pupil Voice
- Educational visits
- Real-life learning outside the classroom
- Guest speakers
- Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs and charity work.
JIGSAW policy for Protected Characteristics and Lesson overview: