Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship Policy 2014
Aims and Objectives
At Leopold Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. They learn how society is organised and governed and experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We provide opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.
Our aims are to enable the children:
- To recognise their own worth;
- To work well with others;
- To develop positive relationships and respect for others;
- To understand our common humanity, diversity and differences;
- To know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
- To develop safety awareness;
- To be positive and active members of a democratic society;
- To develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social choices;
- To form good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
It is the responsibility of the teaching staff to support the creation of an atmosphere of respect and tolerance throughout PSHE lessons. The children must understand that some issues discussed in the lesson will be of a private and personal nature and that some discretion must be shown. Teaching staff must adhere to the confidentiality policy in the event that a disclosure is made.
Teaching and learning styles
We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including the children in activities such as discussions, role play, games, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, the planning of school special events such as an assembly or open day, or involvement in an activity to help other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or behaviour. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, fire fighters, police, and representatives from the local church, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community. Children take in different roles of responsibility during their school life.
PSHE and Citizenship curriculum planning
PSHE is delivered in half termly themes that cover all areas of their developing lives. In year 5, for example, the children spend a half term on Healthy Lifestyles and the key skills of critical reflection, decision making, and managing risk are addressed. The themes are taught in a two year spiral to ensure that their understanding is embedded and enhanced as the children grow older. We teach PSHE and citizenship in a variety of ways. Some of the objectives are covered in dedicated PSHE times in lessons of 1 hour or 45 minutes. Many of the objectives are covered through other areas of the school’s curriculum e.g. RE, Assemblies, Science and the ‘hidden curriculum;’ attitudes and expectations of behaviour promoted by adults in the school.
We also develop PSHE and citizenship through activities and whole-school events e.g. the school council representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss school matters, Key Stage One visit places of worship and each year group participates in an annual school trip. We offer residential visits in various year groups, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils self esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operation skills.
We teach PSHE and Citizenship in the Foundation Stage as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the PSHE and Citizenship aspects of the children’s work to the areas of learning set out in the Foundation Stage guidance to develop a child’s personal, emotional and social development. We also support Citizenship Education in the Foundation stage through other areas of learning such as Knowledge and Understanding and Communication, Language and Literacy.
Parents and carers can consult the school for additional information on PSHE education or topics covered such as Sex and Relationship education (SRE).
At Leopold Primary School children and staff have 27 school values which effect how we relate to one another. These values have been carefully selected in line with DfE guidance to enhance an atmosphere of respect and care. The school focuses on a one value every week. The values are a central point of discussion throughout the school and the vocabulary of our values permeates throughout. The school holds a termly Values afternoon where the children are given time to reflect on the essence of the values in a creative, fun way.
Teaching PSHE and Citizenship to children with special needs
At Leopold Primary School, we teach PSHE and Citizenship to all children, regardless of their ability. Our teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the individual needs of children, including those who are gifted and talented or have learning difficulties. When teaching PSHE and Citizenship we take into account the targets set for the children in their Individual Plan (IPs).
Healthy Schools Award
We are working towards the Healthy schools silver award and hope to obtain the first part by July 2015. This supports and complements our PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum well. The areas being worked towards are PSHE, Sex Education, Drugs Education, Emotional Health and Welfare, Physical Activity.
Assessment and Recording
Assessment needs to value and recognise what pupils have done or completed successfully, thereby raising their self-esteem. A variety of approaches to the assessment of individual achievement will therefore need to be practiced by teachers. It is important to recognise that assessment must focus on the children’s understanding of the objectives specific to the PSHE outcomes.
Every key stage is provided with a progression chart for each child. This is attached within their PSHE exercise book which matches the development of each child.
Achievements of pupils in PSHE and Citizenship are reported to parents at the end of each year.
Staff use the objectives from the Brent SEAL units of study to plan PSHE and Citizenship lessons. Staff have access to the LCP PSHE folders for Key Stage One and Two and the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) resources. The school has a range of books dealing with aspects of PSHE including bereavement, healthy food and making the correct choices. We also school council posters and all of the resources from the SEAL pack e.g. feelings fans. Every classroom is provided a Worry box in which the children are able to place their concerns which are addressed by the class teacher.
The children have access to Place2Be to talk freely at specific times with groups of friends. One to one sessions are made available to some pupils in need of an extended constructive session.
Monitoring and review
The PSHE and Citizenship Co-ordinator is responsible for monitoring the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching. This person supports colleagues in the teaching of PSHE and Citizenship, by giving them information about current developments in the subject. Strengths and weaknesses in the subject and areas for further improvement are discussed with the head teacher and colleagues and feedback is given to the governor responsible for PSHE and Citizenship.
This Policy will be reviewed in September 2015.
|BRENT LA SCHEME OF WORK FOR PSHE, A WHOLE SCHOOL, SPIRAL CURRICULUM OVER TWO YEARS: CURRICULUM OVERVIEW|
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Years 1, 3, 5||WE’RE ALL STARS! Community
Rights and responsibilities
Getting to know each other
|BE FRIENDLY, BE WISE Making and sustaining friendships
Keeping safe at home and outdoors
|LIVING LONG, LIVING STRONG SRE: body parts, change and hygieneHealthy eating and exercise
Goal-setting and motivation
|DARING TO BE DIFFERENT Identity and self esteem
Difference and diversity
Peer influence and assertiveness
|DEAR DIARY Comfortable and uncomfortable feelingsProblems in relationships
Anti-bullying Help and support
|JOINING IN AND JOINING UP Needs and responsibilities
|Years 2, 4, 6||IT’S OUR WORLD The wider community and local democracy
Rights and responsibilities
Environmental awareness and sustainability issues
|SAY NO! Drugs Education: medicines and legal drugs
Drugs Education: illegal drugs and risk-taking behaviour
|MONEY MATTERS Understanding finance and money
Shopping and budgeting
Risk and debt
Goal-setting and motivation
|WHO LIKES CHOCOLATE? Fair trade
Hunger and poverty
Media and stereotyping
|PEOPLE AROUND US Global citizenship
Different identities around the world
Support networks – relationships and families
|GROWING UP SRE: Growing up and developing, changing relationships,
Preparing for transition
|Whole School Focus||Rewards and consequences, school rulesSetting up a School Council
Black History Month
One World Week
|National Anti-Bullying WeekBonfire Night
Sustainable Development Day
International Children‟s Day
Human Rights Day
|Unicef Day of ChangeWalk to School Week
Recycling Week Holocaust Memorial Day
Martin Luther Day
|International Women‟s DayMother‟s Day
Red Nose Day
International Book Day
|Father‟s DayFamily Week
National Children‟s Day
Disability Awareness Day
Jeans for Genes Day
|Refugee WeekWorld Environment Day
Summer Fayre International Week
My Money Week