Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and RSE
At Carnagill School, our curriculum is built around the attitudes and values of independence, curiosity, aspiration, commitment, kindness and pride. Our school motto of ‘Inspiring Bright Futures Together’ demonstrates our commitment to developing the whole child so that they can succeed in life. Mental health and well-being is a key driver in restoring our school community after the disruption of the pandemic.
At Carnagill School, the curriculum we offer is based around the four key principles of:
We underpin all of this with:
At Carnagill, PSHE education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. The curriculum is centred around the children’s emotional and mental health and ensuring they are equipped with the vital life skills to help them as they leave KS2 and start secondary school. The PSHE curriculum also includes work on relationship and sex education to ensure that our children have the correct knowledge to be able to maintain healthy relationships as they grow older.
The context of our school allows us to ensure that all staff deliver PSHE at any time of day, in both formal lessons and as and when needed. All staff are best placed to understand the needs of our pupils and have a variety of strategies to support children with differing SEMH needs. Our PSHE education programme is centred around equipping pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions with key objectives taught as a priority for our children based on parental communication and local community observations e.g., road safety in KS1, internet safety in KS2. Throughout all of this, our attitudes are at the core of the learning, allowing children to show pride in themselves and others. Our learning is shared with parents regularly via our learning platform, to share the learning and to encourage the learning to continue at home in the family setting. As part of a whole-school question based thematic approach, PSHE at Carnagill allows pupils to thrive as individuals, family members and members of a proud Armed Forces community. It encourages them in making effective transitions, positive learning and achieving physical and emotional wellbeing.
A critical component of our PSHE learning at Carnagill is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. By developing an understanding of themselves, of showing empathy and the ability to work with others, our pupils have shown how they can form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives wherever they decide to be.
At Carnagill Community Primary School, we want all children to:
- Be independent by recognising the importance of looking after their own physical and mental health, recognising when their emotions are imbalanced and have a variety of coping strategies to help support them and those around them.
- Be curious by allowing them to learn about their rights and responsibilities as they grow into young adults; have a willingness to be inquisitive and recognise they have a voice that will inspire, encourage, and inform others in a respectful manner.
- Show aspiration by recognising and promoting their self – worth; by talking about themselves confidently and ensure they play a positive role in their contribution to school life and the wider community.
- Show commitment to their learning by working both independently and as part of a team; by recognising their strengths and those of others and using this to their advantage.
- Show kindness to all in and around the school community, following the school rules at all times of being ready, respectful and safe; leading by example to others and showing kindness to those who are not as fortunate or to those who ask for help.
- Have pride in themselves and proud of their achievements; to form well – rounded individuals who want to share their victories with their loved ones and families, with a strong understanding of their own emotional and mental health.
At Carnagill, a PSHE lesson will include:
- Review and Recap – Review most recent learning in PSHE.
- The Big Picture/Key Question – what are we learning today? What do you think of this? What do you know about this subject?
- Key words – Specify key vocabulary to be used and its meaning.
- Teacher input – Provide relevant and realistic information, which reinforces positive social norms. Provide opportunities for the children to work interactively with the teacher acting as the facilitator. Use key strategies – talk to your partner, what do you think? Meta – cognitive sentence stems to allow for discussion/group work/individual thought.
- Independent learning – Provide opportunities for children to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities, which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions. A mix of practical learning, group work, written tasks
- Share their learning – Individual reflection on the learning that has taken place. Share with other adults in school and in family setting (Seesaw)
- remember and recall key vocabulary and terms linked to specific PSHE units.
- demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school, their peers, the wider community and recognise they are responsible for their own life choices, both now and in the future.
- develop positive and healthy relationships with their peers, showing respect and understanding for their emotions, their mental health and well – being.
- will understand the physical aspects of growing up, body changes and RSE at an age-appropriate level.
- be able to say what they do well, what they are proud of and what they aspire to be as they learn more life skills and develop further curiosity about life-style choices.
- have positive body images and recognise the influence and impact their words and actions can have on themselves and others.