The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. At Callington Primary School, personal, social and health education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally, emotionally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. 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 through a range of opportunities like school council. At Callington Primary School we intend to build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education HE) whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
We have developed a bespoke PSHE curriculum which meets the current needs of our children. The curriculum focuses on three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world where there are many opportunities to link British Values and SMSC skills to the curriculum. We expect teachers to use the PSHE curriculum to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. The curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated according to the Governments advice; building on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum and the statutory guidance on: drug education, sex and relationships education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Open learning activities provide an opportunity for our children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitude. Never underestimate the impact of children debating or discussing- even practising using language or talking about feelings can help them develop key skills for the future. The children are provided with frequent opportunities to have their voice heard and because of this; they play an active part in school life. Children are able to express their views through a variety of mediums including school council sessions, questionnaires and comments on various correspondence throughout the year e.g. reports, SEND support profiles, work and homework.
· Wider Curriculum All subjects make a link to PSHE, BV and SMSC. Explicit PSHE lessons are taught throughout the year alongside Forest School sessions where children are taught about risk-taking and making safe choices through co-operation and team building activities. Termly, we hold equality and diversity days to enable our children to develop their own sense of values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.
· Displays across school PSHE, BV, SMSC and community displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
· Assemblies Whole school, Key Stage and class assemblies always make a link to PSHE, British Values and SMSC. The children actively take part in two class assemblies each academic year which are performed to the whole school, parents and friends.
· Wider community Children have the opportunity to meet and work with members of the community such as in care homes, with health workers, the police, fire-fighters and representatives from the community. The children participate in many community activities and competitions throughout the year.
· Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
· Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be inline with national and behaviour will be good.
· Children will be resilient learners and excellent communicators.
· Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
· Children will become healthy and responsible members of society.
· Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
At Callington Primary School, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our children. We expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHE 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 an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
All children take part in half-termly forest school sessions. These sessions are used to develop the skills that they have learnt about in explicit PSHE lessons as well taking risks and making safe choices through cooperation and team building activities.
Every year, children take part in events such as the Autumn Show, Honey Fair and Mayfest. The children take great pride in entering pieces of artwork into competitions. They visit the Honey Fair during the school day where they get to take part in different events within the community and visit their art on display in the town hall.
For Mayfest every year, a selected year group from the school creates a giant for the parade. Many of the children choose to come to this event at the weekend where they are able to take part in the parade through the town with their creation.
Care Home Connections
As a school, we have made links with a local care home. The children visit the residents and talk to them, sing to them and play games with them.