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PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is the foundation of learning in our schools. It underpins the teaching of all subjects and is an integral part of the whole curriculum, as it enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We educate children to develop responsible attitudes and awareness of their personal safety so that they can grow into happy healthy adults. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They also learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.

PSHE is taught in a variety of ways:

  • Explicit PSHE lessons
  • The Coram Education SCARF scheme
  • Circle times (addressing specific issues as and when they arise)
  • In other curriculum areas, and at playtimes and lunchtimes, where children are encouraged to work in groups and take turns

We require that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject at any of our schools. Where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils, reasonably practicable steps have been taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

RSHE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum using The Coram Education SCARF Scheme. Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships. The health part of the curriculum looks at healthy living both physically and mentally.

As well as through PSHE lessons, biological aspects of RSHE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in Religious Education (RE).

Pupils also receive sex education sessions which are taught using The Christopher Winter Project. Parents will receive a letter prior to the sex education sessions taking place with an option to withdraw their child. More information can be found in our RSHE policy.

The Life Education Centre (Wiltshire)

We encourage our children to develop positive attitudes relating to eating, smoking, alcohol and drugs. The teaching of such potentially sensitive issues is aided by the Wiltshire Life Education Centre, a specially equipped mobile classroom with a trained educator which visits the school each year, usually in the summer term.

Within this classroom children are encouraged to be aware of themselves and other people through programmes which centre on building positive attitudes. These programmes are designed to give an insight into the human body and in particular how its function can be upset by different substances. The aim is to present children with the information from which they can make informed choices – so that they can say ‘NO’ – not because they have been told to do so, but because they value their health.

The Life Education Centre Ltd is a registered charity which has the full support of the Education, Health and Police Authorities.

Celebrating Difference

In our schools individuals are valued and the concept of difference is openly explored. Sterotyping surrounding race, disability and gender is challenged and we have created a culture in which children value and respect each other. Children in Years 5 and 6 follow the Stonewall ‘Acceptance without Exception’ scheme of work.

Children across the school are taught these key messages through The Coram Education SCARF Scheme and whole school events around Anti-Bullying Week and Hate Crime Awareness Week.

PHSE Enrichment

The children receive lots of extra opportunities in PSHE, through regular visits from a variety of specialist agencies, including:

  • Fire Safety Officers
  • Road Safety Officers
  • Life Education Centre
  • Bikeability
  • The Oral Health Team
  • Walk Safe
  • NSPCC
  • Wiltshire Air Ambulance First Aid Training
  • Dogs Trust

Fire Safety Education

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service join us in school to work with the children to help develop their knowledge and understanding of fire safety and provide them with the survival skills that may be used in the event of a fire.

Each session addresses issues such as:

  • The dangers of playing with matches
  • Smoke alarm ownership
  • Fire escape plans and fire survival skills
  • 999 emergency calls 

Road Safety Programme

‘Walk Safe’ child pedestrian training plays an important role in enabling children to become safer pedestrians and also encourages a healthy lifestyle. ‘Walk Safe’ has been endorsed by the Department for Education and forms part of the Healthy Schools Award.

The Key Stage 1 programme involves a Road Safety Officer leading a classroom based discussion using visual aids and class participation to demonstrate the importance of the safety of children both in the car and whilst walking or playing outside. This is followed by a small group practical session using a pedestrian crossing and traffic light role play scenario.

Bikeability

Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. Every child at is invited to undertake this training once they reach the age of 10.  As the training is run by the Wiltshire Department of Transport restrictions regarding insurance prevent us from offering this to children who are not yet 10 years old. However, children from Years 3 and 4 are given the opportunity to take part in a school based Essential Cycling Skills training course.

Reviewed January 2021