At Princess May Primary School, it is our intent to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to assist children to prepare for adult life by supporting them through their physical, emotional and moral development, and helping them to understand themselves, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships.
PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Through the use of Kapow RSE and PSHE, children are taught about positive relationships – friendships, family relationships and relationships with other children and adults. Children are taught about:
- Valuing families and different family structures
- Creating and maintaining positive friendships
- Developing safe and respectful relationships
- Understanding the changes that take place during puberty
- Promoting good health and carrying out first aid
- Learning to make independent choices and not to be influenced by others
- Operating safely in a digital world
They learn how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy. Relationship Education encourages the development and practice of resilience and perseverance, self-respect and self-worth. Pupils are also helped to develop personal attributes including honesty, integrity, courage, humility, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and a sense of justice. In our curriculum, this is achieved through a plethora of exciting and innovative learning experiences for in active citizenship. Pupils are taught about online safety and appropriate behaviour online, including sharing data and ways in which information provided by users may be used negatively.
Pupils are taught about positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how friendships can support mental wellbeing. They also learn about safe relationships, focusing on boundaries and privacy and ensuring that they understand that they have rights over their own bodies. This also covers understanding boundaries in friendships with peers, in families and with others, in all contexts, including online. Through PSHE, pupils are clearly taught how to report concerns and seek advice when they suspect or know that something is wrong. Of paramount importance is ensuring the balance between informing children about making sensible decisions to stay safe (including online) without frightening them unnecessarily, whilst also making it clear that it is never the fault of a child who is exploited or abused, and why victim blaming is always wrong.
PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.
Children are enabled to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect, and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will apply their understanding of society to their everyday interactions, from the classroom to the wider community of which they are a part of. Our scheme supports the active development of a school culture that prioritises physical and mental health and wellbeing, providing children with skills to evaluate and understand their own wellbeing needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to their own wellbeing needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them.
With our firm belief that knowledge is transferable, our pupils are given every opportunity to participate in a wide range of learning experiences beyond their classroom. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success – in the world of work, in relationships forged throughout life and as a valued contributor to society as a whole. Weekly assemblies and PSHE lessons will enhance children’s cultural capital. Our school provides a wellbeing provision through Place2Be and a Pastoral team to nurture groups of children and provide a safe space for children who struggle in the classroom.
Our PSHE curriculum promotes the Fundamental British Values (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs) and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development of all pupils. Our school takes part in events such as Anti-bullying week, Red Nose Day and Comic Relief.