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West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School


 PSHE at West Didsbury CE

Intent - At WDCE, we want our PSHE curriculum to support pupils in being able to develop self-confidence, self - esteem and resilience and develop good relationships. We want them  to have respect for others and show sensitivity towards them and  be thoughtful and responsible members of their school and community. We want them to feel a sense of belonging and become active members of our democratic society. We want the children to have the knowledge of how to maintain physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues. They need to recognise signs and symptoms of good and poor health in the above areas, both in themselves and in others. We want them to have the knowledge to enable them to help themselves and others when things go wrong. We also want them to understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle.

Implementation -

We teach PSHE through our 5 Key Concepts: Relationships, Keeping Safe, Healthy Lifestyles, Mental & Emotional Health and Living in the Wider World.

In EYFS, PSHE is taught through Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World. The children will learn how to form positive relationships and they will develop in self-confidence and self-awareness. We teach the children how to manage their own behaviour, adjusting their behaviour to different situations and taking changes to routine in their stride. In Understanding the World, children learn about important members of society (i.e. police officers, nurses and firefighters) and through exposure to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction and pomes, they will foster an understanding of our culturally, socially and ecologically diverse world.

In Key Stage 1, children begin to identify different feelings and emotions and consider how their behaviour can impact on others. They discuss rules that keep them safe in familiar and unfamiliar environments and there is a strong focus on responsibility: our responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe and the importance of eating healthily and keeping clean. We consider the important relationships we have in our lives and we begin to learn about our right to privacy.

In Lower Key Stage 2, children continue to learn about managing their own feelings and how they impact on others. Within this, we discuss resilience and discrimination. We also begin to discuss bodily changes. We continue to learn about personal space whilst also considering what healthy relationships look like and how to recognise and tackle common stereotypes. In Healthy Lifestyles, we focus more on self-control, recognising harmful substances and understanding the harmful effects of smoke in the air.

In Upper Key Stage 2, we develop on prior learning in personal space and bodily changes by discussing unwanted touch and puberty. We learn about misleading body images, stereotyping, self-confidence and the positive and negative impacts the internet has on these. We learn about the links between mental and physical health, the harmful affects of drugs and how to manage peer pressure.  

Impact - Pupils will feel confident that they have the appropriate knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.  The personal nature of PSHE means that it is important pupils have regular opportunities to reflect on and identify what they have learned, what needs to be learned next and what they need to do to continue their learning. The final teacher’s assessment of PSHE is reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at West Didsbury CE Primary.