PSHE focusses on many areas of life; at Wyburns we believe the teaching of PSHE should provide children with a toolkit on how to look after themselves and support others. We all need to know how to react to different situations. The teaching of PSHE should be conversational, it should creative a safe space in which children are encouraged to express their feelings and their opinions on different aspects of life. We want children not only to understand how to treat others and how to get by in the wider world, but to also understand themselves, manage their emotions, consider their responses and actions while managing risk; how to take care of themselves physically and emotionally.
By the time our children leave Wyburns, they will have explored three core themes; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. These are covered in increasing detail as children get older so they move into secondary school with increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem. They have begun to recognise, shape and accept their identities, communicate constructively, and can understand and accommodate difference and change.
- Conversational based sessions
- Cross curricular teaching in subjects such as PE, RE etc.
- PSHE sessions taught every week
- Mixture of discussion based lessons and tasks in books
- Lessons are differentiated by teachers to meet the needs of all pupils
- Sensitive topics are approached cautiously and adapted for those who may find a specific topic particularly difficult
- Children’s rights referred to in all lessons
- Class teachers to add PSHE sessions ‘on the day’- when necessary, to combat any in class issues that may have occurred.
- Classrooms are encouraged to be safe spaces in which children can ask questions and share opinions.
- Videos, photographs and other visual aids are used in lessons to support learners’ understandings.
- Zones of regulation
- Inclusive displays in which every child’s work features
Through the teaching of PSHE, our aim is that children have an understanding of what it takes to operate in the wider world, communicate with others and how to take care of themselves. Throughout their schooling, all our children are encouraged to be the best that they can be. They are given an array of opportunities to discuss and work with different groups of children, and hear different viewpoints, accepting their own and those of others. They are able to make informed decisions about what is best for them and their lives, and can assess risks.
Lessons at Wyburns are planned to enthuse and meet the needs of all pupils. While PSHE is not an ‘assessed’ subject, it forms the foundations for teachers to decide whether children may need some extra support in particular areas ie: emotionally. This holistic approach ensures children leave school having been provided with an education that prepares them for life in the wider world, and equips them for the next stage of their education.