At St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, PSHE is at the heart of our whole school ethos. Our school Mission Statement which is, “Each one of us is unique, each one of us special.” underpins our view that it is a crucial element of all of our pupil’s education. The curriculum helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
At St Annes, we recognise we have a responsibility to provide our children with accurate information about health related matters, whilst enabling their physical, moral and emotional development to thrive. We provide a curriculum in health and relationship education that is authentic to the Catholic Church’s teaching and acknowledges each pupil’s stage of development. The curriculum spirals throughout their school life, so the information is embedded, reflected upon and differentiated for the appropriate stage of development. Children will develop an understanding of the importance of family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.
Our carefully selected curriculum content is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils so that they leave St Annes with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We aim to provide a universal whole-school curriculum that teaches social skills, grows emotional literacy, encourages self-awareness and an understanding of mental health and nurtures children’s positive relationships with themselves and others. Our progressive Skills Document contain the objectives for each year group and they are progressively mapped out to ensure our pupils are given the acquired skills and knowledge to further their education journey into KS3 and life beyond the classroom.
Integrating this personal and social development work into a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health Education (Health and Well-being) curriculum gives the relevant context to build skills, attitudes, self-esteem, resilience and confidence. It is a carefully sequenced ‘Curriculum for life.’
Alongside this, we use Life to the full by Ten Ten, which has been approved by our diocese. The content set out in this programme covers everything that we should teach about relationships and health, including puberty. The national curriculum for science also includes subject content in related areas, such as the main external body parts, the human body as it grows from birth to old age (including puberty) and reproduction in some plants and animals. We also look to safeguard our children in all ways and educate the children throughout school on the PANTS rule:
Privates are private
Always remember our body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help
A range of these ideas are explored through each PSHE unit and provide lenses through which to consider different aspects of this area of the pupil’s personal development.
These are PSHE / life skills that are taught and applied through each unit of the PSHE curriculum. These skills build progressively as pupils move through the school.
In addition to the Key Components and disciplinary knowledge, we also promote SMVSC (inclusive of our Catholic virtues and Catholic Social Teaching statements) British Values and Protected Characteristics. These are key strands that are embedded across the whole PSHE curriculum and are revisited in most lessons. Therefore, the following concepts are explored through the PSHE curriculum:
In PSHE, by the end of EYFS children will:
Begin to develop and form positive relationships with adults and other children. This can be seen as they begin to show sensitivity towards others’ needs and feelings while playing cooperatively and understanding turn-taking. In addition, the children will be developing their self-confidence and self-awareness by demonstrating that they can take risks in trying new activities. These children will be able to articulate when and how they need help, even in groups. Furthermore, when managing feelings and behaviour, they are able to show and talk about their own emotions as well as those of others. They will also understand how to differentiate between positive and negative behaviour and understand that unacceptable behaviour could have consequences.
By the end of Key Stage 1 children will:
Develop their awareness of themselves and others in contexts which are familiar to them – such as their home and school. They will also be able understand how their behaviour impacts others around them and how to keep themselves safe and happy. The children will be able to identify what makes us all unique and special, just like our mission statement, and celebrate diversity within St Anne’s Catholic Primary School. Closely related, children will be able to articulate their understanding of bullying and recognise the negative impact it has. When considering their aspirations and goals, children can express how they feel when they succeed and can begin to work collaboratively in groups to achieve a common goal. Children will be able to understand how their body has changed from being a baby and can use the correct terms to describe parts of their body that are private (in year two specifically) As well as this, children will know how to take care of their bodies and mental health by leading a healthy lifestyle.
By the end of Key Stage 2 children will:
Be able to apply their understanding of themselves and others into the wider context of their communities and the world. Children will leave primary school with the skills needed to be a well-rounded member of society with a concrete understanding of their emotions and how to manage them effectively. By building on their knowledge from Key Stage 1, children will have further explored the diverse world we live in and will have built an understanding of the negative impact discriminatory behaviour can have whilst showing empathy with victims of this crime. In addition to this, children will understand how their body changes through puberty and into adulthood. Children will unravel the complex and confusing emotional changes that they experience during this stage of their lives. Furthermore, children will have an understanding of the detrimental impact that negative relationships with food, substances and media can have on their bodies and mental health. They will be resilient children who have the correct tools to deal with and overcome challenges and set-backs. Children will be able to take their aspirations and apply them to the wider world allowing them to become a role model and a positive global citizen.
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Characteristics of a good Citizen
At Saint Anne's we are Good Citizens. We have...
An understanding and respect for ourselves and others
An understanding of our rights and responsibilities as members of a community and as a British citizen
An understanding of how to keep ourselves and others safe, including online
An understanding of the role of democracy at school and in society
The ability to celebrate differences
The ability to demonstrate acceptance and empathy
Motivation to achieve our dreams and goals, and to help others to do so too
Resilience to overcome challenges
A desire to make the world a better place
A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly and exercising regularly
Positive relationships with others
An understanding of how our bodies grow and change