Personal, Social and Health Education.
Including Relationship and Health Education
The Aims and Intention of PSHE
At Valley End Infant School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a key part of daily life in the school and is promoted by our strong vision, Golden Rules and the underlying values that permeate all that we do together.
We aim to provide our children with the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives. By providing them with opportunities to explore and clarify their own and others’ values, attitudes and beliefs, our children are equipped with the skills to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
It is intended that the contribution PSHE education makes to the personal development of our children will enable them to become confident and resilient, with high self-esteem.
School staff model positive attitudes, behaviour and relationships, reflecting our vision and providing positive role models for the children.
The Implementation of PSHE and how it is taught
Much of our learning in this subject is in response to issues and situations as they arise with individuals, classes and the whole school. We also teach PSHE as part of the curriculum through assemblies, specific weekly class lessons, visiting speakers and opportunities in other subject areas. Our planning is guided by an online resource called SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) which helps to provide a whole-school approach to the teaching of PSHE. SCARF is a framework of lessons plans, online planning and assessment tools that are consistent with the PSHE Association Programmes of Study. It is a whole-school approach that promotes behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing. This resource enables teachers to embed a comprehensive and progressive PSHE and Wellbeing programme throughout the Early Years and Key Stage one.
Relationship Education is discussed in the context of family life, loving and caring relationships and respect for others. The ‘Life Bus’ visits each year to enrich the PSHE Curriculum, as do parents in the NHS, who visit to talk about hygiene and our responsibilities to do as much as we can to care for ourselves.
The Impact of PSHE and how it prepares children for their next stage of education
PSHE at Valley End School provides opportunities for our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now, and in the future. This results in positive behaviour across the school, as well as strong relationships between pupils and adults. Valley End also receives excellent feedback from our local junior schools about the children’s’ positive social and emotional behaviour and attitudes.