Intent - What does PSHE look like at Sandcross?
Our overall intent is to have children who are respectful, responsible, resilient, and kind who are able to apply their experiences to the wider world.
· We teach the characteristics of good physical health and mental wellbeing. We are clear that mental well-being is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.
· We promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children.
· We ensure that we put in the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on families and friendships, in all contexts, including online.
· We support our children in developing healthy minds and a positive self-esteem and equip them with the knowledge of how to take care of their mental health and receive support if needed. This includes a focus on the importance of talking about our feelings.
· We support our children in having the ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal.
· We support our children with the ability to understand that mistakes are learning curves and equip them with the skills to deal with challenging times.
· We prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, thus helping to create happy, successful and productive members of our community.
· We ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of the current children in the community that we serve.
· We support the development of resilience and responsibility.
· We take into account the religious backgrounds and beliefs of the children in our community.
Our PSHE curriculum is designed to challenge, develop and nurture the “Whole Child‟ with a mission of “Inspiring Lifelong Success‟.
Implementation - So, how are we going to deliver this?
We will adopt the Coram Life Education curriculum for all year groups and will follow this as our long term coverage. This is outlined on our school website and on long term plans for each year group. This can also be found on the Coram Life Education RSE lesson plan grid online and within our PSHE & RSE policy. Classes will be taught weekly in whole class groups and when appropriate in split groups or small groups.
Coram Life resources have been carefully planned to a structured series of lessons that follow a spiral curriculum. Children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development are a core part of this. SMSC themes are in the resources including (lesson plans, assemblies and additional whole-school approach tools) providing a strong foundation for SMSC education.
Many PSHE lessons will relate directly to one or all of the British Values’ themes of Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty and Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our curriculum choice will ensure that PSHE is relevant to our pupils and setting. As consistent with equal opportunities procedures, where appropriate, teaching materials, and individual group activities should reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society. Stereotyping in terms of race and gender should be avoided, and pupil’s religious beliefs and cultural differences should be respected.
Our curriculum will cover a variety of home and family situations to increase awareness, respect and understanding of various home situations. These are acknowledged and discussed throughout the school journey. The curriculum will acknowledge people's choices in a sensitive, honest and balanced manner in order to promote respect and understanding.
At Sandcross we strongly believe that the children should lead the development of the curriculum, therefore, we have a pupil parliament to gather feedback from pupils. The parliament is involved in making changes to the school that reflect the children’s voices.
E-Safety will be an ongoing theme that is revisited thoroughly at the beginning of every term, briefly before every computing lesson and integrated within all curriculum areas.
As with our wider curriculum all pupils will be given support for learning, emotional, behavioural and physical disabilities in order to fully access the content of the lessons.
The curriculum will be delivered in consultation with parents, pupils, governors and staff, taking into account the age, needs and feelings of pupils. If pupils ask questions outside the scope of our PSHE & RSE policy, teachers will respond in an appropriate manner so they are fully informed and don’t seek answers online.
Impact - What difference is this curriculum making to our children?
Coram Life provides a strong foundation for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) and development; it is at the heart of the Coram Life curriculum.
Coram Life provides a robust framework for promoting a positive ethos and values across the school community, contributing significantly to British Values education, both explicitly and implicitly. The focus across the three themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World foster and develop children’s responsibility for their own actions; respect for the actions and beliefs of others; an understanding of how each individual is protected by the rule of law; and how everyone can make a positive contribution to society through the democratic process.
The Coram Life curriculum covers a variety of ethnic, religious and cultural topics to enhance pupils understanding and promote respect and understanding for the views of different ethnic, religious and cultural groups.
In terms of ESafety pupils will learn and be aware that:
· For most people the internet is an integral part of life and has many benefits.
· People sometimes behave differently online, including by pretending to be someone they are not.
· The same principles apply to online relationships as face to face relationships, including the importance of respect for others online including when we are anonymous.
· The rules are principles for keeping safe online, how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how to report them.
· They will need to critically consider their online friendships and sources of information including awareness of the risks associated with people they have never met.
· Information and data can be shared and used online.
· They need to understand that there are boundaries to be adhered to when being online.
· There is an importance of keeping personal information private.
· They can understand where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online.
Children will always have a current knowledge of ESafety issues and how to get support if it is ever needed.