PSHE/RHE AT ST LUKE'S
What do we want to achieve?
The intent of our PSHE and Relationships Education is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society and the importance of accepting others. We aim for all children to leave St Luke’s with self-worth, confidence and pride in their own identity, interests and achievements.
“Every child should be revered and respected as a member of a community where all are known and loved by God.”
Valuing God’s Children, 2019
What does PHSE/RHE look like at St Luke’s?
Our PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) curriculum has been designed around the requirements of the National Curriculum; the programmes of study being the basis for learning and adapted to meet the needs of our pupils.
We have designed our curriculum drawing from a range of resources. These include:
• Ten:Ten Live ‘Life to the Full’ for the RHE (Relationships and Health Education)
• PSHE Association
We have adapted these schemes to be taught alongside each other throughout the year, ensuring that all requirements of the National Curriculum are met. PSHE is taught for one hour a week but elements of PSHE are incorporated throughout our curriculum. A primary focus is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in their achievements and provide a purpose and relevance for learning. We aim to deliver an inclusive and nontokenistic curriculum which celebrates various cultures and diversities so that our children are equipped to become active and responsible citizens. We endeavour to fulfil the potential of every child academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally so that they are ready for the next stage in their lives. Following on from the pandemic we will continue to help pupils look after their own mental health and wellbeing, their physical health and fitness as well as helping them to build safe and respectful relationships with others.
At St Luke’s, PHSE/RHE has been adapted to support the needs of the pupils. This has involved identifying trends using our monitoring system. This has equated to six strands of importance that are taught across the year, in every year group:
Ten: Ten is the scheme of work we use for the teaching of the RHE elements of the curriculum. This is taught with a spiritual approach to learning in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age-appropriate stage through their school life, the programme includes teaching about personal health, physical and emotional well-being, strong emotions, personal relationships, family structures, trusted adults, the dangers of social media, an understanding of the Common Good and living in the wider world. The entire teaching is underpinned with a Christian faith understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen and loved by God. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families.
The PSHE Association scheme of work collates the requirements of the National Curriculum and high quality teaching and learning resources including key documentation. This has been adapted to suit the needs of the pupils at St Luke’s to ensure they are ready for life beyond the classroom. The PSHE Association offers a high quality programme that covers a variety of areas such as economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.
The vocabulary that we want our children to learn and be exposed to throughout the topics was decided through a collaboration with staff at St Luke’s, with the support of the schemes mentioned above. We have ensured that all the vocabulary that is taught is age appropriate and builds on prior knowledge as the year groups progress.
Teaching children to read is always our biggest priority and so this takes up a significant amount of time on the timetable. Since the pandemic, we have invested in diverse texts to ensure that our children are exposed to topics including resilience, families, adoption, health, the economy, safety, citizenship, human rights, democracy and more. Books have been carefully selected to ensure that the protected characteristics are represented positively and sensitively, our children are represented in stories as well as celebrating diversity and building better cultural awareness. These books are on display in all classrooms so that children can see themselves reflected in key texts.
Safeguarding and well-being
At St Luke’s we understand that some topics in PHSE/RHE can be sensitive. We strive to ensure that all pupils feel safe in an environment where they can share their thoughts. If a pupil is feeling upset or worried about something there are plenty of people they can talk to in school. They have access to worry boxes in every class. If a pupil feel they would like to speak to someone else, all members of staff around school are happy to help.
They can always talk to one of the teachers on the poster below:
Have a look on Twitter at the fantastic PSHE work going on at St Luke's: #Stlukesburywidercurriculum
How have we adapted learning following a pandemic?
Returning back to school in September was worrying for some children, as they had experienced a very different way of learning throughout the previous year due to the pandemic.
Children missed their friends, classroom routines and the fun school life brings and for some, returning to school brought on anxiety of what to expect and settling back into a 'normal' way of learning.
Since being back at school, teachers have paid extra attention to the wellbeing of our pupils and monitored how children cope with returning to school life.
The PSHE/RHE curriculum is flexible and teachers prioritise certain topics and content based on their pupils needs to support them with any social, emotional or mental health needs.