" PSHE is learning to live a confident, healthy and independent life "
The Leys Primary School and Nursery is a nurturing learning environment in which every child is encouraged to develop their full potential by being confident and inquisitive learners.
As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to empower our children to become ambitious learners who are able to work independently, are resilient, can question, are empathetic and supportive of others and have the self-belief needed for a successful future.
The teaching and learning of PSHE supports and upholds this vision.
PSHE deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. They help pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. PSHE helps children to acquire British values and attitudes which are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences within school and life itself, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and diversity and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
PSHE education cannot exist in isolation. At The Leys it is part of a whole school approach and our curriculum provides a range of opportunities for children to make links to other areas of learning and explore a wide range of social, moral, cultural and behavioural issues.
As a school, we aim to enrich the lives of our children by providing them with the skills and opportunities to apply their learning within and beyond the curriculum. PSHE underpins our school ethos and is delivered as a rolling programme from Reception to Year 6. It also includes a multi-agency approach.
Through PSHE, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them become caring, respectful and confident individuals who will contribute positively to our school and the wider community now and in the future.
Our PSHE curriculum ensures all our pupils:
Learn about being healthy
How to stay safe (including online)
Respect and tolerance of others
Being a productive member of our school and wider community
Relationship and sex education
We do this through the teaching of three core themes throughout the year;
Health and Wellbeing
Living in the Wider World
All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.
Children’s spiritual development is shown by their ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. A sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Use of imagination and creativity in their learning. Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Children’s moral development is shown by their ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England. Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions. Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Children’s social development is shown by their use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Children’s cultural development is shown by their understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others. Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain. Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain. Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities. Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in PSHE. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of PSHE involves the following;
Through our planning, we include times for children to reflect on their own lives, and have a flexible approach to learning, so that any issues that children face can be addressed as needed.
Children have dedication, protected time for PSHE lessons on a regular basis.
Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to express their own thoughts and ideas. We follow an ‘open-classroom’ approach where the classroom is a safe place to speak and have ideas raised. This is celebrated within the classroom.
Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources that really engage the children. By following a spiral curriculum, we build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years, allowing the children to become confident in their learning.
The large majority of pupils progress through the content of the PSHE curriculum at the same pace. Scaffolding is achieved through individual support, targeted intervention in class and resourcing, e.g. with word banks in lessons.
Our Marking & Feedback policy is used to recognise strengths and identify areas to develop.
Our overall outcome, from PSHE being taught at The Leys, is to shape each child into a well-adapted, happy and productive member of our local and wider society.
Please find our Subject Overview available to view and download Here
Pupil voice KS1:
“PSHE is important because then you can look after people and be friends. So you know what to do in situations.”
“It’s important to learn to be kind.”
Pupil voice KS2:
“PSHE is important for social skills. It is beneficial to learn about rights and citizenship.”
"I love that in PSHE we can have a discussion about what's worrying us and things that are happening around the world.”
At The Leys our children love having the opportunity to voice their opinions and views. We look at topical and current issues which affect them, our school and the wider community, this gives them the chance to take on the views of others whilst also developing their own opinions.
Our children are given fantastic opportunities to develop links within their community, showing them how important it is to collaborate with others around them. For example, visits from local dentists, police and other blue light workers. We work closely with the local community and are involved in many local projects.We regularly revisit key skills and ideas from nursery up to Year 6, this includes ensuring our children are aware of steps they can take to feel safe if they have any concerns.