It is our intent to grow healthy, independent and responsible members of the community who have the tools to make ‘good’ choices in life.
We aim for pupils to have an understanding of how they are maturing personally and socially and develop their sense of self-worth by a playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We provide our pupils with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live.
The Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) curriculum has three core themes running through all year groups:
- Health and well-being
- Living in the wider world
The PSHE curriculum includes Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). At Albion, we believe that high quality Relationships Education is an entitlement for all pupils. This education is accurate and factual, covering a range of information about relationships in order to make informed choices. SRE has an important role in supporting school to implement the 9 protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010 so is positively inclusive in terms of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, culture, age, religion or belief or other life-experience.
The PSHE curriculum supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to schools Safeguarding, Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) and British Values Policies.
We recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide opportunity for children to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance) first set out by the Government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2014, for those with different faiths and beliefs in order for them to become fair, tolerant and confident adults in a forever challenging world.
At Albion Primary School we follow the SCARF PSHE program, which is a whole school approach that provides a scheme of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. SCARF, Standing for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship is mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study. It is centred on a values based, ‘Growth Mindset’ approach and is divided into six half termly units.
The six termly units are tailored to each year group under the following themes:
- Me and my Relationships
- Valuing Difference
- Keeping Myself Safe
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Being my Best
- Growing and Changing
The units are taught through a spiral curriculum, being explored in greater depth and resources being tailored to each age group.
Every teacher has access to SCARF online resources, which include lesson plans and additional resources for use/ amendment. This is including additional issues that may arise in classrooms regarding certain topics, e.g. LGBTQ, feelings and friendships
We embed our school values, promoted throughout the curriculum wherever possible of; Ambition, Resilience, Respect, Creativity, Kindness and Responsibility. The British Values are also embedded throughout the curriculum where possible.
As well as using the SCARF scheme, we celebrate and discuss issues, hold workshops and run training on anti-bullying, e-safety, wellbeing and first aid.
Each class has the use of a Floor book, used to record any significant learning. Floor books are used to collect the thoughts and ideas the pupils have explored through PSHE and other SMSC aspects that they explore through lessons.
In addition to the PSHE curriculum, pupil’s mental health and wellbeing is supported by Place 2 Be, our Mental Health First Aiders and our Evolve Health Mentor
A meaningful PSHE curriculum supports pupils in becoming happier, positive about school life as a whole, having a better understanding of rules and responsibilities as well as being enabled to handle setbacks and disagreements. PSHE is evidenced using a Floor book. All teachers use the Floor book to record significant learning in any way that they choose. During PSHE lessons, pupils have a safe space in which to discuss their feelings, opinions and develop their emotional intelligence.
Teachers use informal assessment tools to review how the pupils are progressing within each area of PSHE learning, including circle times, discussions, focus questions and independent tasks. As well as a pre and post assessment for each half term. Pupils recognise and understand the school values and the fundamental British values.
They demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and positive behaviour because they understand that they have a responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others.