PSHE

PSHE Vision Statement

At St Elizabeth’s Primary School, we aim to provide a range of opportunities for children to develop themselves in a well-balanced way, beyond the academic and to move from childhood to adolescence with support and guidance to encourage both an awareness of others and the growth of responsible independence. Through this, we believe children can develop the confidence, talents and skills to become effective individuals, motivated learners and active citizens.

We want to prepare our children for the future by encouraging the development of characteristics for life such as a love of learning, resilience, integrity, team work, critical thinking and independence. We want to prepare them for the world of work and support them in developing enterprise skills and financial awareness.

Curriculum Intent

The PSHE curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas. 

The intent of our PSHE curriculum 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. At St Elizabeth’s, we enable children to become independent, responsible and healthy members of society.

PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of our school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Children are encouraged to contribute to school life and the wider community. Children are able to join the school council from Reception to Year 6, where school life is discussed and children’s ideas are valued. The school council now take part in a STRAND partnership project with other schools in the area. Projects we have taken part in are; equality and diversity, employability, and health and wellbeing.

At St Elizabeth’s, we experience PSHE events throughout the year. Example of these are: Anti-Bullying Week, Slow Down for Bobby Campaign, Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, GANGs workshops and Andrew Grant motivational talk for Year 6. These help the children to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

In January 2020, KS1 and KS2 had a mindfulness day. Children enjoyed a variety of activities; orienteering, teamwork skills, yoga, and fencing. This really helped with children’s self-esteem, confidence and well-being.

Curriculum Implementation

At St Elizabeth’s we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice and it is every staff members responsibility to do this by being a role model and having high expectations of our pupils.

At St Elizabeth’s we have a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. The PSHE curriculum has three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, also incorporating the RSE policy.

There are lots of cross curricular links to PSHE which is evident in our PSHE Programme of Study. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class.

PHSE is an important part of key stage and whole school assemblies, as well as collective worship were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Throughout our school, we have wall displays that link to PSHE or that are PSHE focused; such as, an anti-bullying week display wall.

In EYFS, classes have a floor book where they record PSHE related activities or discussions. They also have classroom displays around PSHE.

Our St Elizabeth’s School Council allows members to put forward ideas and showcase their pupil voice. At the meetings, children discuss various topics and work on different projects both in school and with other schools. School council members then feedback information or tasks to their teachers which they discuss in class.

Curriculum Impact

At St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School we believe that we deliver a curriculum that best suits the needs of our children.  PSHE is taught in a cross curricular approach, following the PSHE Programme of Study.

PSHE is embedded throughout our curriculum and school ethos and is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies and our school council, enabling children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity to be stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

At St Elizabeth’s, we hope that PSHE has a great impact on our children. Through our curriculum, children will know more and remember more about PSHE. Children will develop positive and healthy relationships with their peers and adults both now and in the future. We hope to enable children to become healthy and responsible members of society and prepare them for their journey in life and work in modern Britain. Children will have respect for themselves and others, as well as having positive body images. Children will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty. Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school with good behaviour, attendance and punctuality.