PHSE - Statement of Intent
At St Patrick's, personal, social, health and economic (PHSE) education is an important part of our broad and balanced curriculum and permeates every aspect of school life.
Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is at the heart of our school ethos. Our PHSE education enables pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society and prepares them for life and work in modern Britain.
It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
We provide our pupils with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society, promoting British Values both explicitly and implicitly throughout their school life.
The curriculum is grouped into three core themes; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
We believe that PHSE plays a vital part in primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is embedded well into day to day life.Learning opportunities are planned for according to pupils' development, readiness and needs and prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year.
' Come and See' teaching, assemblies and Collective Worship focuses on a range of themes which are linked to the Gospel Values and pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
We aim to support pupils to be excited and aware about living in a community that is full of diversity and difference.
Here are some comments from our current pupils regarding PSHE:
"Our teachers help us to solve disagreements in a kind way." (Year 4 pupil)
"I understand the importance of showing respect to everyone and to treat others how I would like to be treated." (Year 3 pupil)
"It's great to know that we can talk about how we feel and that others listen." (Year 5 pupil)
"We are taught how to be responsible online." (Year 6 pupil)
"I am learning to share my ideas and opinions with the class and I feel more confident." (Year 2 pupil)
"I know how to stay healthy." (Year 1 pupil)
No Outsiders in our School
Since the start of this year, we introduced the resource,'No Outsiders in Our School' and have been spending time reading lovely books that send out important and powerful messages. These messages remind us of how to be fair, respectful and accepting of others.
We gathered as a school to share these messages through drama, Art work and poetry.
"We are not born with prejudice, we learn it. Our diversity is a gift- a wonderful blessing from God. Let us celebrate it"
A powerful message was shared today about the importance of being kind and true to yourself. Classes presented role play scenarios, shared friendship keys, a tapestry of friendship and poems/stories.
We talked about how words can hurt and leave someone feeling lonely, upset and weak.
It is very true to say that one kind word can brighten someone's day and as a school, that's what we intend to.