Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy by giving them opportunities to vote in school to elect pupils for a variety of roles including school council and house captains. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
PSHE at St Peters is taught through a range of teaching materials and stimuli, for example - Go-Givers, our British Values Scheme and 'No Outsiders' scheme. There are links to Science and some of our health education lessons are taught through the Science curriculum, such as healthy diets and the importance of exercise. This is supported through visits from the ‘Life Education Caravan.’ every September.
The National Curriculum outlines the guidelines for this and we follow them closely. Our health education lessons inform children how to make healthy choices and at St Peters we have a variety of extra-curricular activities which promote healthy lifestyles. In the infants children are provided with a piece of fresh fruit every day and each junior classroom has a fruit delivery once a week. The issue of drugs and harmful substances is also addressed, beginning with medicine safety with some of the younger members of the school. The school works also with the school nurse who supports us in delivering age appropriate sex education lessons to pupils in upper key stage 2.
In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) PSED (Personal Social Emotional Development) is one of seven key areas taught. PSED aims to promote a child’s confidence. Children have the opportunity to take part in Forest Schools. This is a project run from the school grounds allowing the children to become comfortable with an outdoor approach to education and play whilst in familiar surroundings. Allowing relationships based around trust and self-exploration to develop. Children also complete the ‘Balanceability’ and ‘Bikeability’ schemes. Balanceability teaches children under six the skills required to learn to ride a pedal bicycle. Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. By taking part in these programmes, children will develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
Our RSE curriculum is based on the Christopher Winter project, and aims to provide lifelong learning to the children about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. The approach revisits many topics each year to ensure children have a secure understanding before moving on. For more information view the 'Parents' RSE Information' at the bottom of this page or download the RSE Policy.
We have been a part of the ‘Health for Life
’ initiative and achieved awards in this area.