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PSHCE

Queens’ Federation: Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Subject Statement

Intent

At the Queens’ Federation we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life.’

We will provide a rich, relevant and inspirational curriculum that promotes a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities that they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our curriculum is designed to be relevant to our children and is linked to the context of our school and the local community.

PSHCE enables our pupils to become healthy, independent, confident and responsible members of society. Our PSHCE curriculum is accessible to all and aims to maximize outcomes for every pupil so that they know how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future. The curriculum aims to help pupils understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society are incorporated into the curriculum. Having the ability to stay safe and healthy is a high priority and pupils are equipped to make informed decisions.

Implementation

The delivery of the PSHCE curriculum is supported through the use of the Cambridge PSHE Service Framework. The PSHE framework is designed to be age-appropriate for each year group and is adaptable to meet the needs of all pupils. It ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and are sequenced appropriately to maximize learning for all pupils. Themes within the PSHCE curriculum include…

  • Myself and My Relationships
  • Citizenship
  • Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

Throughout the year our pupils take part in a range of special events, key campaigns and themed days and weeks such as anti-bullying week and online safety day. These events provide pupils with opportunities to explore topical issues and enrich our curriculum as children develop and embed their knowledge and skills. Visits and visitors further complement our curriculum and allow pupils to develop an understanding of the community around them. As well as discreet lessons, PSHCE is embedded throughout our curriculum and is also an important part of our school assemblies.

We view assessment as a holistic process, which takes place in every lesson through observation of, in questioning and in conversation with pupils and in the production of written outcomes. PSHCE assessment criteria set out the key knowledge and skills that a pupil should achieve at the end of each unit of work.

Impact

Our intention is that, when children leave the Queens’ Federation, they do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active role in today’s society. They know how to be healthy, independent and responsible members of society. The spiritual, moral, social, mental and cultural development of our pupils ensures they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in the next stage of their lives. Pupil outcomes evidence a broad and balanced PSHCE curriculum and at the end of each year, pupils achieve age related expectations and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work.

Reception classes will cover the following topics throughout the year:

MMR 1 – Beginning and Belonging
MMR 2 – My Family and Friends – Including Anti-Bullying
MMR 3 – My Emotions
Cit 1 – Identities and Diversity
Cit 2 – Me and My World
HSL 1 – My Body and Growing Up
HSL 2 – Keeping Safe (Including Drug Education)
HSL 3 – Healthy Lifestyles

Examples Of Learning

What a fantastic Anti-Bullying Week we had as a whole school, celebrating friendship and kindness! We started with ‘Odd Socks Day’, during which staff and children wore odd socks to celebrate how different we all are. Throughout the week, Nursery all the way to Year 6 explored how to be a good friend and the importance of caring for others. The children in Nursery made friendship trees, Reception created paperchains about how to be a good friend, Year 1 celebrated their gifts and talents, while Year 2 discussed what to do if you fall out with a friend. In Key Stage Two, the children explored a range of themes from what they like about themselves to what makes a good friend.

Year 1

The children in Year 1 have really impressed the adults with their amazing work in PSHCE as part of ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. To begin the week, we designed our own t-shirts and we focused on what makes us special. We have learnt that everybody is different and unique but we should always be kind to others. We then worked together to make a kindness paperchain, to represent how being kind can start a positive chain reaction. Towards the end of the week, we developed our collaboration skills by working as a team. We loved passing a hoop around the circle without talking. Well done Year 1.

The children in Year 1 have been thinking about the adults that we can trust when we are worried or upset. We started the lesson by discussing who we could trust and then we wrote the name or occupation of the person in each finger of our hand. We thought of the following adults: parents, family, teachers, police and doctors.

Year 2

This term in PSHCE, Year 2 we have been learning about healthy friendships. We have explored some of the qualities of friendship and skills for making friends and have developed some strategies for managing when friendships are difficult.  We understand that there are different family patterns and can describe what is special about our own family and its members, and about other people we know.

Year 3

In Year 3 we have been thinking about what we have in common with each other and what is different. We used this to think about our own identity which we then put into a melting pot. We also considered how there can be different stereotypes types linked to identity and how we can try to avoid those stereotypes.

Year 5

As part of our PSHCE lessons, we learnt some basic first aid. We walked through a scenario of what we would do if we came across someone who was unconscious on the floor and learnt how to put them into the recovery position. We also role-played making a 999 call and discussed when we might need to dial this number.

Year 6

In PSHCE Year 6’s have been exploring the idea of friendships, how we have made them previously, how we maintain them now, and how we will begin to develop them next year.  We created comic book style illustrations to help document our ideas.

This week Year 6 have thought about anti-bullying, and what it entails. Here we identified what situations could be bullying, and which are rude or mean.

Our final activity for Anti-Bullying Week was to create a celebration of diversity. We drew face shapes and then used a variety of colours and patterns to highlight the differences we all have and the interest and beauty it creates.