Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
PSHE is an important and necessary part of all children’s education. The benefits are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
The overarching aim for our PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
PSHE contributes to personal development by helping children to build their personal identities, resilience, confidence and self-esteem and encourages every child to think about career choices and understand what influences their decisions, including financial ones. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others will help our children to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.
At Great Wood, PSHE is part of a whole school approach. Our planned programme of learning makes many links to other curriculum areas and our twenty-two Values are mapped throughout. The Programmes of Study below set out the key areas which are taught in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2. More information about the specific learning objectives can be found on the whole school overview of learning.
PSHE at Great Wood ensures that Medicines and Drugs Education, Financial Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught in a sensitive and age appropriate way.
Health and Wellbeing
- What is meant by a healthy lifestyle
- How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
- Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
- About managing feelings and change, including puberty, transition and loss
- How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
- To understand what resilience is and how we maintain good mental wellbeing
- How to respond in an emergency
- To identify different influences on health and wellbeing
- Identify what humans need to be able to function well
- How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
- How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
- How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
- About the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
- About managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
- To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
- How to identify and access appropriate advice and support.
Living in the wider world
- About rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
- How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
- How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
- About the economic and business environment
- How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers
PSHE Whole School Overview
The overview contains the key learning for each aspect of PSHE and outlines key vocabulary to be taught in each key stage. Further detailed plans, with crucial key knowledge, big questions and appropriate suggested activities have been developed for teachers to implement.
To find out more, go to Curriculum > Yearly Overviews.