At Adderley, we believe that Personal, Social, Health, Economic & Citizenship Education (PSHEC) is extremely important for our children to become effective learners and supports them as they move through childhood to become independent young global citizens of this society.
Our PSHEC Curriculum aims to:
- Provide every child with learning experiences that will enable them to achieve their potential and lead a fulfilling life
- Meet the needs of all by taking into account the differences of gender, ability, ethnicity, sexuality, cultural, social and religious backgrounds.
- Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, emotional and physical development of pupils.
- Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- Keep children safe from radical or extreme views
From the PSHEC provision we intend for all children to be equipped with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves. Have a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships in the school. Providing our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities.
The curriculum is designed by the PSHEC leads and is delivered by the class teacher. Lessons are planned and personalised by the class teacher. The curriculum is differentiated across the class to meet the individual needs of the children in the class. Teachers are taught how to achieve this during coaching sessions and insets.
PSHEC develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be global citizens now and, in their future, giving them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
PSHEC is taught from EYFS to Year 6. All classes have at least one hour of curriculum time per week. Additionally, all classes have specific wellbeing lessons and votes for school assemblies each week.
Pupils’ progress is monitored through their PSHEC portfolio, which is a collection of photos and outcomes of work created by the children working towards and achieving the learning intentions. Each lesson provides opportunities for ongoing AfL with particular emphasis on children embedding the learning through a connectivity approach. This involves discussing prior learning, recapping the previous learning intention and discussing the current learning intention.
We teach PSHEC explicitly in lessons but also in cross curricular teaching across the other subject areas and through the use of assemblies and performances. Furthermore, we promote PSHEC by collectively recognising events such as Safer Internet Day, Anti Bullying week and Children in Need, we believe that this gives our children further opportunities to learn about others and to learn about being a good British Citizen.
At Adderley, the incorporation of Citizenship in PSHEC allows for an integrated approach to the major themes of Citizenship such as Rules, Communities, Conflict, and Making Choices etc. In lessons where Citizenship is taught, children learn about:
- The Equality Act 2010
- Diversity in the community
- Living in a multicultural society
- How people’s differing views can divide a society
As part of children’s development, we give them opportunities to work with charities and inspirational individuals. We believe this will motivate and inspire our children to try their best and achieve their goals. Throughout the school year, children are given many opportunities to work with the charity ‘WE Schools’ and organisations such as UNICEF. We also encourage children to take part in local and global actions to make the world a better place and children have opportunities to take part in various campaigns. External visitors such as Women’s Aid, Loudmouth and NSPCC work with children to receive specialist provision.
I strategically lead PSHEC through:
- Providing coaching
- Learning walk
- Lead insets / training days
- Monitoring Portfolios
- Pupil voice
To ensure our intent was continued during the pandemic, additional measures were implemented:
- Learning moved to Purple Mash where activities were set by the teacher which related to the topic they would have been learning about had children been in school.
- A wellbeing blog was created by the Pastoral Care Team with weekly support and wellbeing ideas for children.
- Upon return to school, the school lead a Recovery Curriculum focusing on the losses encountered as a result of the pandemic.
Children are equipped with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance and have strategies to manage difficulties they may encounter. Children’s breadth of knowledge about their rights, how they can claim them for themselves and their commitment to affect change to enable others to enjoy them locally, nationally, and globally.
Learning about rights affects relationships in a positive way. Relationships are based on mutual respect and trust, and this is demonstrated through the positive behaviour demonstrated across the school.
Inclusion is at the heart of the school, pupils feel safe and secure and are articulate about the importance of knowing about children’s rights, the difference this makes to their lives and their desire and determination to help realise these rights for others.
The PSHEC provision gives children the opportunity for pupils to influence change in school and the local community through pupil led groups, leadership and campaigns. The bespoke curriculum for PSHEC is forever evolving and explicitly linked to rights and able to adapt to current affairs and pupil voice allows children to manage difficulties they encounter safely.
The health and wellbeing of our pupils is pivotal to us at Adderley Primary and through the Health Education curriculum, we aim to equip children with life-long skills and knowledge that will enable our children to lead and maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle. More specifically we aim to ensure that children will:
- Learn the importance of a healthy diet.
- Explore relationships between diet and dental health.
- Develop an understanding of and practice the safe handling of food.
- Be encouraged to bring a healthy snack for break-time and lunch.
- Be encouraged to eat a well-balanced lunch, containing fruit and vegetables.
- Learn about hygiene and etiquette.
- Explore global healthy eating and lifestyles.
- Develop an understanding of, and practice principles of Road Safety.
- Be aware of the importance of a responsible approach to safety in the home and school environment.
- Accept responsibility for the safety of themselves and others.
- Acquire a knowledge of and competence in first aid.
- Gain confidence in acquiring new skills and being aware of internet safety and stranger danger.
The Health Education curriculum is delivered to Years 1 to 6 on a half termly basis and the planning covers key areas of Personal, Social and Health Education listed below.
Year 1: My Body, Medicines and Me, Healthy Eating, Looking After Myself.
Year 2: Looking after Myself, Personal Lifestyle, Relationships and Growing Up.
Year 3: Hygiene, Drugs and Medicines, Relationships and Growing Up.
Year 4: Looking after Myself, Health and Safety, Personal Hygiene.
Year 5: Looking after Myself, Healthy Lifestyle, RSE and Growing Up.
Year 6: First Aid, Alcohol and Drugs, RSE and Growing Up.
Each half term the children engage in a Health Week where foundation subjects are replaced with activities and assemblies that promote Nutrition, Exercise, First Aid and Hygiene. During this week, children have the opportunity to win prizes by taking part in intra-school competition, Walk to School and through various competitions.
Adderley Primary School is working closely with City Serve, an organisation which promotes healthy eating and life styles by delivering cooking lessons to pupils and supporting the school in developing a whole school healthy eating policy. In addition, Adderley Primary provide parent workshops to further support parents on how to best provide healthy lunch boxes.
We have been awarded ‘Be Healthy’ status.