Through PSHE at Our Lady of Lourdes, we aim for all children to learn to:
- know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
- develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
- have respect for others;
- understand what makes for good healthy relationships with others;
- understand appropriate behaviour within a relationship and what to do if there are issues that give them ‘yukky’ feelings
- be aware of safety issues;
- know how to keep themselves safe online
- build a learning power, that builds resilience and allows children to deal with difficult situations
- be independent and responsible members of the school community;
- be positive and active members of a democratic society;
- develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
PSHE links to the mission and ethos of our school as it is integral to developing positive relationships, developing respect for each other and answering Christ’s call.
PSHE offers strong links to the RE, Science, PE and Computing curriculums and can be adapted to meet the needs of all children within our mixed classes.
We use the guidance provided by the PSHE association to offer a long term curriculum based on a two year cycle. PSHE is delivered and experienced in a safe and supportive environment, we believe this allows the children to place trust in what the adults are saying and offers opportunity for follow-up work in small groups or one-to-one as needed. Encouragement and guidance is given to children of all abilities, in order for them to build on previously acquired skills and be motivated to develop further as individuals.
We use a range of teaching and learning styles when teaching PSHE. We place an emphasis on active learning by including children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities.
We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. Fundraising or helping others less fortunate than themselves like CAFOD projects, Children in Need, supporting the local foodbank , Macmillan Cancer appeal etc.
From initial monitoring sequences of lessons are planned, taught and recorded well in the children’s journals or floor books. A variety of resources are used and adapted from sites such as scarf and the curriculum planning tool.
The pupils’ knowledge of PSHE topics is collected through knowledge leaves that are collated in the discussion book. The development of their knowledge is collected through discussions, classroom walkthroughs, lessons observations and work scrutinies. At the end of each theme, children will present and reflect their learning and new skills in an assortment of ways.