Personal, Social and Health Education
‘Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’
Harriet Tubman (Political Activist)
At Milton St. John’s CE Primary School we support our children to develop as healthy, independent and responsible members of society who understand their rights and responsibilities towards themselves and others. The delivery of PSHE enables all children to SHINE in the love of God:
We Show respect.
We are Honest.
We Include others.
We Never give up.
We seek Excellence in all we do.
Children at Milton St John’s will:
- Develop self-confidence and self-esteem
- Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
- Know how to keep themselves safe
- Understand and develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community respecting the differences between people
- Be independent and responsible members of the class, school, local and global community
- Be positive and active members of a democratic society
- Make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
Our curriculum drivers underpin all we do and are an essential part of our learning. The drivers help our children to ‘RISE’ up and play a vital role in their community; locally, nationally and globally. They are listed below:
- Respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
- Independence & Resilience
- Engagement & Curiosity
At Milton St John’s we have ensured the objectives set out in the National Curriculum have been adjusted to meet the needs of our children. For the delivery of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) we follow the SRE curriculum developed by Tameside Council.
At Milton St John’s, there are four core elements to our PSHE curriculum:
- Personal Development – guiding the pupils spiritual development by learning about the beliefs of others, a fascination in learning about themselves and the wider world and a willingness to reflect on their own experiences.
- Social Development – supporting pupils to develop a range of social skills in different contexts, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
- Health and Wellbeing Development – encouraging pupils to live a healthy lifestyle by learning about a balanced lifestyle, including within relationships, work-life, diet, exercise, spending and saving.
- Citizenship Development – helping pupils’ to recognise the difference between right and wrong, offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and developing respect for cultural diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in local, national and global communities.
Within the four core themes, we cover a wide variety of aspects, which are:
-Eating and Health
-Emotional Health / Responsibility / Self Esteem
At Milton St John’s Primary School we understand that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We believe that PSHE is taught as part of the curriculum and as and when opportunities arise within normal day to day teaching.
In planning lessons, teachers are aware of the need to plan opportunities to develop a wide variety of spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs.
During the Foundation Stage we encourage the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that help reception children make sense of their world as an integral part of the school’s work (PSED). We relate the development of the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals. This learning forms the foundations for later work in PSHE.
Key Stage 1
In KS1 children learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences. They learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They begin to learn about their own and other people's feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. As members of a class and school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood. RSE lessons focus on relationships teach about friendship, anti-bullying and the building of self-esteem.
Key Stage 2
In KS2 children learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; and to resist bullying. In KS2 both boys and girls know about puberty and how a baby is born – as set out in the Key Stages 2 Science Curriculum. We aim to ensure that all children, including those who develop earlier than the average, learn about puberty before they experience the onset of physical changes.
Children at Milton St John’s will be able to develop positive and healthy relationships with other people. They will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level. They will have respect for themselves and others. Children at Milton St John’s will know how to keep themselves safe physically, mentally and technologically and how to lead a healthy life.