Welcome to our PSHE page!
PSHE-Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.
Intent, implementation and impact of our PSHE Curriculum
At St Ignatius Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become independent, aware and healthy citizens of their communities; in line with the vision of the PSHE Association ‘What we teach in the classroom will help our pupils foster lifelong aspirations, goals and values’. The programme aims to support pupils to thrive in a time of rapid change. Although the specific content of PSHE education will constantly evolve as the world changes, the curriculum is based upon three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Therefore, PSHE aims to develop pupils, personally and socially and supports the growth of well-rounded individuals.
Our curriculum for PSHE works to meet the needs of our pupils within the diverse society they live in. The curriculum is vital in allowing children to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally (SMSC), alongside their academic studies. An integral part of the curriculum is supporting the development of self-esteem and confidence of the pupils, supporting the self-efficacy of individuals. The curriculum also offers the opportunity for children to become prepared for the wider world including gaining an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, money and how to take care of the environment. Thus, we hope that the PHSE curriculum will allow children to be independent, curious and confident individuals.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of Primary education and our Catholic values. Our PSHE curriculum is based on guidance from the PSHE Association and encourages pupils to become confident individuals who can make informed decisions about their health, environmental and social issues. PSHE is interweaved throughout our school curriculum; alongside explicit lessons; school assemblies and collective worships; visitors to school and extracurricular activities. Our PSHE curriculum capture the requirements of the Department for Education for all schools ‘to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
To ensure that children at our school are ready for life as an adult in the wider world. As stated by the PSHE Association, ‘From making informed decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they'll face. This in turn achieves a 'virtuous circle', whereby pupils with better health and wellbeing can achieve better academically, and enjoy greater success.’ Thus, we aim to equip our pupils with the necessary skills that enable them to progress into healthy, independent and proactive members of their communities; who challenge stereotypes and break perceived barriers that may impact upon their future potential.
Please visit the PSHE Association for further information on PSHE teaching and learning - https://pshe-association.org.uk/
Relationships, Sex and Health Education is a key part of PSHE provision. We use the Ten:Ten Life to the Full programme for our RSHE curriculum and we adapt this to meet the needs of our pupils. Life to the Full comprehensively meets the Department for Education’s statutory guidance. Please see our RHE page for more details.
In addition to our RHE curriculum, we have a planned programme of PSHE provision which builds on previous learning each year. This includes:
- Visits by the dentist
- Visits from the fire service
- Childline workshops
- Scooter Training
- Bikeability Training
- Junior Citizen Event
- Online Safety workshops
- Drugs and alcohol workshops
To help children and parents navigate the difficult times that we continue to find ourselves in, there are lots of resources,video links and websites in the 'Wellbeing' section of the school website to help you and your children manage any anxiety that you may be feeling.
At St Ignatius we follow a 'Growth Mindset' approach and we believe in 'The Power of Yet'. In each classroom there is a Growth Mindset display. We celebrate those pupils who have a growth mindset in our 'Proud Cloud'.
Every year, we take part in Anti-bullying week to ensure that children understand what bullying is and how it can be prevented. The children take part in age appropriate lessons to discuss how we can celebrate differences and why our differences make the world a better place. We discuss how bullying can effect others socially, emotionally, mentally and physically and they know who they can talk to if they are having problems. Crucially, our older children learn about Cyber-bullying and how they can protect themselves online.
The children are always excited to take part in 'Odd Socks Day' which helps them to recognise that we are 'All different and All equal'.
Here are some of our Class Dojo posts from Anti-Bullying Week.
Each week we have a particular focus on Wellbeing which is shared on Class Dojo. Our mental wellbeing as well as our physical wellbeing is very important. Each Wednesday we will share with you some ideas of how to keep mentally well, whether it is through music, prayer, exercise or emotionally support.