Personal, Social and Health Education

Our curriculum leader for PSHE Lead is Sian Grant

National Curriculum Purpose of Study

Our approach to PSHE draws on good practice, and closely follows government guidelines on best practice. PSHE is a non-statutory subject which we choose to teach because we think it is important.  We particularly ensure that we equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions, and meet the statutory government guidance for our taught age groups concerning: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Curriculum Intent

Our approach to PSHE draws on good practice, and closely follows government guidelines on best practice. PSHE is a non-statutory subject which we choose to teach because we think it is important.  We particularly ensure that we equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions, and meet the statutory government guidance for our taught age groups concerning: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Curriculum Implementation

At Houghton Primary School PSHE  is taught in units from the Primary Personal Development Programme from the Cambridgeshire PSHE service. The programme themes and strands are covered by each key stage over two years, (Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). There are times when there is a whole school approach to a theme such as Anti-bullying and classes will address this within  their different strands.. Some aspects of the Primary Personal Development Programme go beyond the statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements, but this can be taught, through discrete PSHE sessions and through cross-curricular activities (for example road safety) Some elements of the PSHE curriculum such as Internet Safety will also be delivered in conjunction with other curriculum areas such as ICT to avoid duplication. With every strand of the PSHE framework, we at Houghton adapt and adjust to suit our school and cohorts needs.

Curriculum Impact

For each individual unit, there is a list of bullet points detailing the Learning Expectations and teachers are using these to assess the teaching and learning that has taken place in order to inform next steps. There are self assessment opportunities for the children in terms of knowledge and it encourages the children to reflect on their own confidence level in terms of understanding key concepts.