Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
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.
Learning about PSHE and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We educate the 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.
The Mead Academy Trust requires 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.
PSHE is taught in a variety of ways through:
- Explicit PSHE lessons.
- The Wiltshire Learn 4 Life 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.
Sex and Relationships
In conjunction with the Learn 4 Life scheme, our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is supplemented with the Christopher Winters Project, which continues to develop the childrens’ knowledge and skills as they learn about the physical and emotional changes of puberty and about reproduction. Sex education is not taught as a separate subject throughout most of the year groups. It is integrated into the work in science, PSHE, RE and PE. Topics include:
- keeping safe
Parents are notified in advance of sensitive units. They are invited to view the material to be used and are given the opportunity to ask questions. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from all or part of sex education units may do so, except from that required as part of the National Curriculum.
We are always eager to receive help within our schools. In PSHE we would welcome parents who could talk to the children about any aspect of PSHE. For example, safety, economics, the workplace, councils, or charity work.
The children receive lots of extra opportunities in PSHE throughout their time at the Mead schools. To enrich their learning we have regular visits from a variety of specialist agencies, including:
- Fire Safety Officers
- Road Safety Officers
- Just Different
- Life Education Centre
Fire Safety Education
Part of the PSHE Scheme looks at personal safety and keeping safe. In conjunction with this the 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 will address issues such as:
- The dangers of playing with matches
- Smoke alarm ownership
- Fire escape plans and fire survival skills
- 999 emergency calls
‘Walk Safe’ – Road Safety Programme
‘Walk Safe’ child pedestrian training plays an important role in enabling the 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.
In our school individuals are valued, and the concept of difference is openly explored. Stereotyping surrounding race, disability and gender is challenged and we have created a culture in which children value and respect each other.
Physically disabled volunteers from the charity Just Different are regularly welcomed into school to work with our children. Just Different are a charity that promotes social inclusion and contributes positively to issues relating to disability and difference through educational workshops. The children are encouraged to think about acceptance, tolerance and understanding, key factors in tackling bullying and discrimination.
The aim of each workshop is to provide the children with a greater understanding of people with a difference, helping them to overcome any awkward feelings they initially had due to facing the unfamiliar.
The Life Education Centre (Wiltshire)
As part of our whole school approach to PSHE and Citizenship and in conjunction with our Healthy Schools Plus status 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. www.wiltslec.co.uk
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 our school 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.