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PSHE at Our Lady Star of the Sea
Lessons in PSHE enable our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. We develop the qualities and attributes that pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society as a whole. We develop a whole school ethos, environment and curriculum which enables our pupils to recognise personal qualities, build upon their achievements and do their best to manage their health and wellbeing. We enable pupils to develop the language, strategies, skills and confidence required to behave according to their moral values in new situations. We also realise the importance for pupils of developing their own viewpoints by reflecting on different issues, viewpoints, dilemmas, situations and case studies.
Pupils are taught to understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Through this approach, we are able to prepare the children for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
As a Catholic School, we base our teaching on the true Christian values of the Gospels. Our mission statement informs and guides the delivery of the PSHE curriculum.
- To foster a positive self-image.
- To promote the acquisition of a healthy lifestyle
- To provide accurate information about health matters including alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and to promote awareness of effects and risk
- To encourage assertive behaviour as opposed to aggressive behaviour
- To create a safe learning environment which encourages pupils to actively promote respect and tolerance for people of different faiths and beliefs
- To increase awareness of personal safety
- To prepare pupils to take a full role in society
- To understand that actions have consequences for oneself and others
- To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils
Currently we use the SEAL programme and pupils in all year groups will follow the following themes throughout the year (one for each half term). The programme is differentiated according to the age and stage that the children are at. The themes are:
- New beginnings
The theme offers children the opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within their community and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all, through the understanding of rules. Children in KS2 will learn about democracy.
Getting on and falling out
This theme focuses on developing children's knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger and conflict resolution) and social skills. They will also learn about communities and global communities.
- Say No to Bullying
We have an ‘anti bullying week’ each year and we talk about all aspects of bullying including cyberbullying.
- Going for Goals
The Going for goals theme provides opportunities for children to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively. It also focuses on health and well- being and care for the environment.
- Good to be me
The theme focuses on understanding feelings, self-awareness, managing feelings and standing up for themselves and their views. It also focuses on ‘drug and alcohol education’ (at an appropriate level for the year group and pupils' stage of development)
This theme explores feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends. The theme aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. In addition, there is a focus throughout the theme on helping children understand the feelings associated with an experience that we all need to cope with at some time: that of loss – whether of a favourite possession, a friend, a family home or a loved one. It also focuses on ‘stranger danger’, keeping safe and financial capability.
This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change eg moving house, school, classes and helps them to deal with these situations. From Year 2 onwards children are taught ‘Sex and Relationship Education’. Again, this is at an appropriate level for the year group and stage of development of the pupils.
When we can we involve other professionals to supplement learning, where appropriate, such as the school nurse who talks about personal hygiene or sex education, the police service, who reinforce the message of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and the fire service who encourage safe practices at home and at school.