PSHE Intent, Implementation and Impact
The intent of our PSHE curriculum at Thirsk C.P. School is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child. In an ever-changing world, it is important that they have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. We want our pupils to develop a confidence in sharing their own thoughts and opinions with others, develop skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe. We want them to show tolerance of others beliefs, religions and life choices, and to build positive, respectful relationships with other people.
How is our intent implemented in the classroom?
Our PSHE curriculum follows the You, Me, PSHE Scheme of Work (Islington). PSHE has been divided into 7 different strands. Within each strand, there are age appropriate topics for the different year groups. In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year.
One topic per half term is taught to each year group (SRE is taught over a whole term in Y2, 4 and 6. Please see RSE Policy)). Each topic consists of three lessons per half term and teachers are expected to teach a minimum of three lessons in each half term.
The red flag symbol, on the whole school curriculum overview and year group curriculum overviews demarcates PSHE topics and lessons that directly relate to safeguarding pupils.
Lessons involve class discussions and group activities and evidence of the work completed is gathered into a class book so that the focus is on the discussions and the children’s understanding of what is taught and not on the written aspects.
As needed, support is provided to children when they find particular topics more challenging and each class has a worry box, in which the children can share any concerns, whether they arise from lessons or from something else.
Assessment has been included as an integral part of each topic. At the beginning of the topic pupils complete a pre-topic assessment activity, which is then repeated at the end of the topic. This enables pupils and teachers to understand and demonstrate the progress made.
What is the impact?
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.