The Subject Leader for PSHE is Mrs S. Henshall.
At South Hiendley Primary School, we support our pupils to learn how to deal with choices and risks, and to meet the challenges that life may present with knowledge and confidence. Our school’s approach to PSHE aims to help children to identify our school values (Polite, Proud, Persistent and Positive) and work to live up to them.
At South Hiendley Primary School, we believe that PSHE plays a vital part in primary education and is an integral thread, weaving through everything that we do. As such, as well as discrete focused lessons, it is embedded throughout the curriculum, enabling our pupils to become healthy, secure, independent and responsible members of society. We believe that the promotion of pupils’ personal and social development fundamentally underpins all other learning.
We believe that PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values, in order for them to become positive citizens in a forever changing community. Through our progressive curriculum, our school environment, and our school ethos, we aim to help our children to:
Our curriculum will prepare the children to be global citizens in a diverse society and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.
At South Hiendley Primary School, we are aware that the PSHE curriculum that we deliver must reflect the needs of our children. We build on the statutory content and follow the ‘Trust’ scheme of work, in order to provide consistency throughout school, support our staff with subject knowledge, and reduce teacher workload. Teaching and learning shows progression across the key stages within the core themes: Health and Well-being, Relationships, and Living In The Wider World. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught previously, in order to allow children to know more and remember more. Our PSHE curriculum incorporates an age-appropriate understanding of RSE, as set out in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
We strive to provide our children with learning opportunities across, and beyond, the curriculum. We do this through specific lessons, assemblies, special school projects, regular mental health and well-being days, and other activities which enrich pupils’ experiences. There are also occasions when teachers may feel it necessary to teach PHSE as a result of an issue which has arisen within their own class. Our school environment reinforces the PSHE curriculum through Picture News, British Values, Values Based Learning, and SMSC displays which prompt opportunities for discussion and vocabulary development with the children. We also provide enrichment opportunities to contextualise learning through links with the local community, fundraising opportunities, visitors, and national and international events.
The children at South Hiendley Primary School can talk about the importance of PSHE and the effects it can have on their lives both inside and outside school. This is demonstrated through Pupil Voice and monitoring by the subject leader.
An effective PSHE curriculum can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, develop resilience, and improve the life chances of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. The skills and attributes developed through PSHE education are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, as well as improving employability and boost social mobility. Our curriculum allows pupils 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 self-esteem by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.