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The Rosary Catholic Primary School

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

What Do We Want Our Pupils to Achieve?

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education is an important part of the curriculum within our school. Through this subject, pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work.

When our pupils leave us in Year 6, our aim is that they will be individuals of kindness, compassion and independence. We wish for them to be people of self-motivation and resilience, who embrace both challenge and growth and who continually aspire to be the best that they can be - for themselves and for their communities. We want them to celebrate their achievements but also to have goals that contribute to their own sense of self-worth and to society at large. Our aim is that they are people of conscience who clearly see their place in their world and who positively contribute to the well-being of others.

We wish for them to be mentally aware; aware of how to address and maintain their own mental health but also that of others. We want for them to be able to recognise when they need help but also to recognise when people around them need help too.

How is PSHE taught?

Themes: We have devised a bespoke curriculum for our pupils (see Themes Year 1 to Year 6). Some of these themes have PSHE strands running throughout. For example, in Year 3, our pupils study Perfect Planet? This theme has a particular focus on climate change and sustainability, a key factor in forming citizens of the 21st century. In Year 5, our pupils study Democracy which links with our work on British Values. And in Year 6, pupils study two PSHE specific themes: Social Media: Friend or Foe? and Managing Money.

Our Scheme of Work

The scheme of work that we follow is divided into three key themes that are
covered throughout the year:

Autumn: Health and Wellbeing

  • What is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  • About managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
  • How to respond in an emergency
  • To identify different influences on health and wellbeing
  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe

Spring: Living in the Wider World

  • About respect for self and others
  • The importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  • About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
  • About different groups and communities
  • To respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community
  • About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  • About where money comes from, keeping it safe, and the importance of managing it effectively
  • How money plays an important part in people’s lives
  • A basic understanding of enterprise

Summer: Relationships

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • How to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
  • How to respect equality and diversity in relationships.

At the beginning of each theme, we gather together for a whole school assembly and then meet again at the end of the theme to share what we have learnt.

PSHE and the Hidden Curriculum

Standing up for Justice: pupils have devised the school’s Anti Bullying Charter. Each year, pupils are asked to repeat their commitment to the charter. They demonstrate this commitment through wearing the Rosary ABA (Anti Bullying Alliance) badge. Pupils’ intolerance of bullying can be seen in how they interact with each other in the playground, in lessons and around the school. Adult interaction is also key in modelling for pupils how to behave respectfully and responsibly. PSHE also links with Internet Safety lessons each year where pupils are taught to behave responsibly when using the internet. They also engage in the PANTS programme which ensures that they know how to protect themselves and their bodies.

Developing Healthy Lifestyles: We encourage healthy food choices at lunchtime through our Healthy Lunch; Healthy Munch reward scheme. We ensure that mental health awareness activities occur across the school but particularly in Year 6 where transition to secondary school and coping with homework pressure are covered in detail.

Developing Public Speaking and Confidence: Pupils at KS2 participate in at least two class assemblies per year. This develops their confidence and their skills in public speaking. Pupils also participate in Masses and all pupils participate in the nativity productions each Christmas. Year 6 perform in the summer production.

Widening pupil experience: pupils participate in at least three off site trips per year. Being so close to Hounslow and its public transport links, we make full use of the Underground and the buses rather than travelling on coaches when we travel off site. This ensures that pupils learn how to navigate the Underground and London bus system confidently and also how to behave respectfully and considerately on public transport.
Pupils also engage in a wide variety of extra curricular activities including judo, football, dance, violin, guitar, the school choir, Girls’ Active etc.

Developing pupil voice: we ensure that pupils understand that their views are important and that voicing opinions can change the world. Pupil views are represented through the school council but also through annual questionnaires. Each class also has a Pupil Concerns box for pupils.

Developing Responsibility:
Pupils assume responsibilities during their time at the school:

  • the Rosary Apostles lead worship in their classes and at the Gospel assemblies
  • Junior Road Safety Officers
  • Librarians
  • Peer tutors – pupils who teach their peers mathematics
  • School prefects
  • KS2 playground leaders who co-ordinate and lead games for KS1 pupils
  • the School Council who represent the views of pupils across the school to help bring about change and development

Developing Aspiration: we constantly encourage pupils to become people of aspiration and achievement. We encourage this through our central Aspiration Board which features inspiring figures from the past and present. The figures on this board change termly. This board also displays selected pupils from our own community and their aspirations.