Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education at Harvey Road Primary School is designed to help pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to manage the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities that they will face as they grow up and become adults. Our PSHE curriculum focuses on the fundamental areas of: relationships (including those online) and health (both physical and mental). By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, building their self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our PSHE programme will support all our children, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, so that they can understand and enjoy life experiences. We place a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
We educate and actively encourage our children to be thoughtful, responsible citizens who are able to make reasoned, valued judgments. We promote caring for themselves and others and the qualities and attitudes of desirable social values. Sessions will also focus on understanding and reflecting on social and emotional aspects of life and children will have opportunities to talk about things that are personal to themselves as well as reflecting on experiences that have happened to others.
Wherever possible, links to PSHE are made across the curriculum with Years 5 and 6 undertaking residential trips that build teamwork skills.
Children have opportunities through the school to raise their awareness and understanding of economic factors. We have an active school council which the children elect each year and each member of the school is encouraged to have a voice and take an active role within the school.
Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) forms part of our statutory teaching. The overall aim of RSHE is defined as lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is also about the understanding of the importance of a loving relationship for family life, respect, love, care and the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. We support the development of self-respect, tolerance and empathy for others and promote the development of the skills and understanding necessary to manage conflict peaceably, teaching children how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the non-scientific aspects of the RSHE programme.
Each year the children participate in a variety of off-timetable specialised days focusing on specific aspects of their personal, social and emotional education including a careers day - where the pupils are encouraged to dream big dreams and focus on future aspirations – and a wellbeing week where the pupils' mental health and wellbeing becomes our focus and we look at strategies such as the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ and positive body image in more depth through a series of planned activities.
On leaving Harvey Road Primary School a successful learner of this subject will:
- Have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities and act on these
- Show empathy and display our school values and the British Values, being respectful and tolerant
- Be equipped with strategies for regulating their emotions and achieving physical and mental health
- Know how to stay safe in multiple situations, including online
- Have the communication skills to make and maintain relationships effectively
- Be keen learners with excellent listening skills and a positive attitude
- Demonstrate resilience and a ‘growth mind-set’ attitude to face change and challenges positively