At Whitchurch, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We promote personal development and well-being through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education provides children with the knowledge and understanding to develop attitudes and the practical skills to live safe, healthy and productive lives, and to achieve their full potential. It equips pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and take responsibility for their own lives. We explore the changes that everyone undergoes to deal with today’s society and give pupils an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being an outstanding citizen.
At the heart of PSHE is the focus on RSE as set out in the statutory guidance, which enables all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives. All PSHE teaching is age-appropriate, ambitious and builds on children’s prior knowledge. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more. It takes place in a safe learning environment where pupils have opportunities to ask questions and it is underpinned by our School’s ethos and values.
Our pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. This enables them to become reflective of their own personal experiences, recognise their own self-worth, work well with others and become responsible for their own learning.
The aims of PSHE at Whitchurch to provide children with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to create personal understanding
- opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life
Through our comprehensive PSHE education, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become respectful, resilient, caring and confident individuals.
PSHE Leader: Miss Levy