“PSHE education helps pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE also helps pupils to achieve their academic potential.”
“For children to be able to navigate, participate and stay safe in this world, it is vital that we equip them with the skills to do so.”
Anne Longfield, Child Commissioner 2019
‘PSHE education should …enable children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and, in the future,…PSHE education is…about developing young people’s sense of identity, their capacity to relate to other people and handle setbacks.’
Sir Alisdair McDonald
Our highly ambitious PSHE curriculum aims to develop learners who have a deep understanding of how to achieve and maintain a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. It fosters pupils who are increasingly emotionally resilient and equips them to overcome changes and challenges in their lives now and in the future. It closely aligns with the schools’ key aspects of ‘sense of self, self of place and sense of adventure’.
The curriculum prepares children for life, helping them to really know and value who they are and how they relate to others in an ever-changing world. It builds children’s understanding of themselves and others in their school and wider community; fostering the skills and attitudes to form positive and safe relationships. The curriculum explores, celebrates, respects and values similarities and differences in ourselves, the school and wider world. It recognises and values a range of family dynamics that might be different to their own experience and that of other cultures. It gives children the opportunity to set themselves goals and aspirations and become confident and thoughtful members of a multi-cultural society.
We recognise that these are the foundations and building blocks for creating, enhancing and maintaining strong and purposeful behaviour for learning characteristics. The curriculum promotes high expectations, the readiness to learn and the desire to be a resilient learner, even when faced with challenges and setbacks.
We have a robust RSE curriculum which promotes safe and healthy, loving relationships. It is our aim for all children to access our RSE teaching and understand the changes their bodies, feelings and emotions will go through, as well as where to seek help and support both in and out of school.
We use local public health data to guide our approach and areas of need, namely reducing teenage pregnancy, and the misuse of drugs and alcohol. We have chosen to teach our ambitious curriculum through weekly lessons using the ‘Lifewise’ scheme of work. The themes and lessons revisit and build on previous learning, introducing age-appropriate vocabulary. This enables
and empowers children to articulate their thoughts, feelings and concerns. Lessons are designed to engage and inspire children. By the end of Year 6, children will have been taught the 2 core themes of health and relationship education and we have adopted the third strand of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
In Years 1 and 2, the core focus is Life Survival, which provides all of the tools not only to survive but be happy and successful in today’s world.
In Years 2 and 3, the core focus is Life Well-being, which raises the awareness and provides the tools and skills to help maintain our mental well-being.
In Years 4 and 5, the core focus is Lifestyle, which teaches the ‘how to guide’ for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
In Year 5 and 6, the core focus is Life Prep, living in the wider world and preparing and educating children for everyday life events and topics.
From Years 2-6, online relationships and keeping safe online is explicitly taught.
We use ‘The Christopher Winter Project’ to deliver lessons in RSE. The resource is a spiral curriculum which is designed to be used from EYFS to Year 6.
In EYFS, we teach Family and Friendships, Year 1, Growing and Caring for Ourselves, Year 2, Differences, Year 3, Valuing Differences and Keeping Safe, Year 4, Growing Up, Year 5, Puberty, Year 6, Puberty, Relationships and Reproduction (and includes FGM).
Our Diamond Rules for Life ensure that children recognise, follow and are praised for good conduct around the school. These are further supported by our 4Rs – Relationships, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness, instilling good behaviour for learning habits.
At a glance
• Statutory guidance informs year group subject mapping documents
• PSHE is mapped across year groups in small sequential steps and end points identified (to know, do and experience)
• Treloweth ½ term Progression Documents plot sequential small steps
• Classes have a weekly lesson
• Lessons activate prior knowledge, introduce, use and apply specific vocabulary, low stakes quizzes reactivate memory, hinge questions assess understanding of small steps towards end points
• Lifewise scheme of work supports teaching, SRE is supported through Lifewise and the Christopher Winter Project
• Information for parents can be found in ½ term overviews
• Examples of work can be found on class website pages and newsletters
• Links to other subjects include: Online safety, PE, Healthy Lives, SRE