“Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
At Abingdon our vision is to equip children with the skills to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our PSHE curriculum supports our school to be a thriving, purposeful learning community where adults and children work together in an environment where careful planning results in high quality teaching and learning.
At Abingdon Primary School our PSHE Curriculum aims to develop the skills and attributes of resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
- should be safe, secure and happy in school;
- have equal access to the curriculum, regardless of ability, disability, gender, race, nationality or religion;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of responsible behaviour, courtesy and consideration of others;
- realise the nature and consequences of discrimination, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours (including cyber bullying), use of prejudice-based language and how to respond and ask for help;
- understand and promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing for themselves and others;
- develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness in order to become valued members of an ever-changing, multi-cultural society.
PSHE is provided through:
- planned learning through structured long and medium term plans which build on the knowledge and skills in a systematic approach;
- tailored sessions around issues brought by the children, ensuring time is made within the curriculum to meet the needs of the children;
- discreet curriculum time every week;
- school assemblies, class assemblies, class discussions and circle time;
- extra-curricular activities e.g. health days, theatre groups, welcome week, family week, waste week, regular digital resilience days and anti-bullying events.In the Foundation Stage, teachers plan from children’s own experiences through the six areas of learning. They plan for personal, social and emotional development on a daily basis and through possible lines of development in conjunction with the early learning goals. In KS1 and KS2, lessons follow the school’s long term PSHE plan based on guidance from the PSHE Association. PSHE lessons are taught through a range of methods including Philosophy for Children, class discussions, drama techniques, stories, role-play, high quality written work and art
Click HERE to view the PHSE skills progression