By teaching PSHE at East Dene Primary School we are covering a wide range of topics to support children’s personal, social and emotional development.
By teaching this in line with the statutory guidance around this subject it means our students will learn about topics which include health and wellbeing, relationships, living in the wider world, and economic wellbeing. For example, lessons may cover healthy eating, managing emotions, bullying, online safety, diversity and equality and careers. It also provides a framework for developing essential life skills and knowledge that will support children’s overall growth and success in life
PSHE at our school helps children build self-confidence, resilience, independence, and respect for others. It allows them to explore issues that affect their own and others’ lives which all link to our school values of Respect, Resilience, Empathy, Responsibility, Kindness and Friendship.
PSHE at East Dene Primary takes an active approach with group discussions, problem-solving, role play and more to engage students. It aims to provide a safe space for children to discuss potentially sensitive topics and ask questions without judgement.
By doing so the skills and attributes developed in PSHE lessons equip children to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
In summary, PSHE is a vital part of the children at East Dene Primary Schools education that nurtures the children’s holistic development and wellbeing. Its whole-child approach prepares them for life’s opportunities and challenges.
At East Dene Primary School we intend our PSHE curriculum to support our pupils in helping them to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. We want to empower pupils to be safe, responsible and respectful citizens who make positive contributions to society. Our pupils will develop essential life-long learning around health, relationships, finance and living in the wider world. We believe our pupils should explore issues that impact their lives and others’ lives in a safe space and to give pupils the vocabulary and confidence to talk openly about emotions, relationships and lifestyle choices. We also want to promote equality, diversity, inclusion and acceptance within the school community and beyond.
We believe that as a school PSHE can open many doors to opportunities in the wider world for our children and understand how important this is for their future.
By teaching a well thought out PSHE curriculum it will allow us to have a profound positive impact on the lives of our children in the following ways:
- It teaches essential life skills like managing emotions, setting goals, making safe choices and developing healthy relationships. These are the building blocks for success.
- Children gain greater self-awareness, empathy, and respect for others. This allows them to collaborate better and appreciate diversity.
- They build confidence and resilience to deal with life’s challenges in a healthy way, like resisting peer pressure.
- Children are able to safely explore complex social issues like inequality, bullying, stereotyping, and environment. This shapes their worldview and morality.
- PSHE equips children to stay safe online with skills like critical thinking, digital literacy, and avoiding manipulation.
- It teaches children how to speak up if they feel unsafe and report any abuse or exploitation. This is vital for safeguarding.
- Skills like teamwork, communication, creativity and problem-solving developed in PSHE prepare children for the world of work.
- Learning about health enables children to make positive lifestyle choices that benefit their physical and mental wellbeing..
All these things empower our children with the attributes and abilities to thrive as well-rounded individuals. It will play a preventative role in tackling societal issues that could affect their lives. The long-term impact is generations equipped to build strong communities and relationships.