‘Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to give children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It offers learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons as well as in assemblies, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences.’
Why it should be taught
Personal, Health and Social Education underpins life at Holmleigh Primary School. Children’s attitudes to themselves and each other must be healthy if effective learning is to take place. The emphasis is on encouraging individual responsibility, awareness and informed decision making to promote healthy lifestyles and prepare to play an active role as citizens. Our PSHE curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve. It promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Our PSHE curriculum is based on SEALGD. SEAL-Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning- is an umbrella term that teaches the social and emotional skills that children need to develop effectively.
These skills all underpin effective learning and can have lifelong benefits. SEAL aims to develop domains based on Daniel Goleman’s work on Emotional Intelligence, self-awareness, empathy, social skills, managing feelings and motivation. The GD (Global Dimensions) explores what connects us to the world. It enables learners to engage with complex global issues and explore the links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world. We follow The Christopher Winter Project scheme of work for Relationships and Sex Education.
Our aims for all children are that:
•They should be safe, secure and happy in school.
•They have equal access to the curriculum, regardless of ability, gender, race or religion.
• They develop an appreciation of the importance of responsible behaviour, courtesy and consideration of others.
•And that children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted in order to prepare them to become valued members of an ever-changing, multi-cultural society.
For further information on our PSHE curriculum and coverage, please see the documents below-