Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Subject Statement
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.
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
- 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.
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
On British Values Day we found out about the importance of respect, rules and democracy. We voted on new table leaders and also for someone to represent Polar Bear Class on the student Lighthouse Group. Well done to Daniah who received the most votes.
In Foxes, we celebrated British Values Day by thinking about how to use our kind and helpful hands. The children demonstrated this in many ways including helping each other open their snack, tidying up together, doing puzzles and looking after our things. Fantastic kind and helping hands, Foxes!
This half-term in Reception, the children have been learning the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. The children have been using their imaginations and acting out different fairy tales in our role play corner. They did great speaking and listening to one another, and took it in turns to be Goldilocks. As a whole class, we also discussed safety and why it is important to follow instructions and rules. We learned the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and children thought carefully about why it was dangerous that she left the path and didn't follow the instructions from her mother.