At St Margaret’s Primary School our aim for the PSHE curriculum is for children to develop the skills needed to be happy, thoughtful individuals, capable of fulfilling their potential in the world. We aim for them to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to become confident, responsible and independent young people and adults. They are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills as well as the skills they will need to keep themselves safe. All children are able to access this curriculum equally regardless of gender, race or ability.
We take a whole-school approach to implementing the PSHCE curriculum, as we believe that many aspects of school life influence the children’s development in these areas. As well as being embedded in a number of school experiences, e.g. residential trips in Year 4, 5 and 6, which focus on skills such as working in a team, it is also taught discretely following a yearly cycle of topics: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Changing Me, Healthy Me, Relationships, and Dreams and Goals.
Achievement in the development of skills and values taught through PSHE can be recognised through the use of Golden Time, Medals, Book of Brilliance, certificates presented in the weekly Head Teacher’s celebration worship. These achievements can be acknowledges with parent through informal discussions, weekly newsletter, parent consultations and end of year reports. Children also develop a knowledge base of key concepts and information, eg. the meaning of democracy, health processes.
This impact is evidenced through our use of Thrive whole class screening, as well as displays and practical activities across the school.