Our Intent in PSHCE
At KEPS, the principal aim of PSHCE is to allow pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life in society now and in the future. 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 believe that children are all individuals and, therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. To further this aim we have as a school adopted six 'Golden Rules': We respect our school surroundings and everyone in it; we are kind and friendly to everyone and treat them as we would like to be treated; we try our best at all times; we speak and listen at the right times; we understand that every pupil has the right to learn; we understand that every teacher has the right to teach. We also share our six attributes to being a good learner: Resilient, Reflective, Collaborative, Curious, Independent and Respectful. These are referred to in school assemblies, as well as being an integral part of the ethos of the school.
Pupils will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them. We offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.
We believe that as well as being academically successful, it is just as important that children develop an awareness of themselves as individuals, of how to get along with other people the importance of good relationships, and an awareness of a person being part of a community. Although there is no statutory PHSCE program of study, we agree that PSHCE education is an important and necessary part of all pupils' education. In line with the National Curriculum we aim to:
- Equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
- Teach at an appropriate level about sex and relationships (RSHE)
- Emphasise the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
Our Implementation in PSHCE
At KEPS 'Twinkl Life' forms the backbone of our scheme of work which covers all the required objectives and follows the three core themes of: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. It is designed to be taught in thematic units, which consist of six sessions. These units are taught in a spiral curriculum that revisits each theme every two years. This enables children to recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHCE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of the child.
The units are designed to be delivered in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games with groups of various sizes, alongside bespoke events such as one-off assemblies and visits from people who keep us safe, such as Fire-fighters and members of the police force alongside the opportunities to be involved in and support local community events and national events such as Party by the Parrott, Party at the Park, May Festival and raising money through fundraising for charities.
Teachers are encouraged to exchange or supplement 'Twinkl Life's' sessions with alternative resources of their own choosing to cover the relevant objectives.
PSHCE is embedded throughout all subjects, lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.
PSHCE deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attributes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children at KEPS also acquire an understanding of British Values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
Assemblies focus on: The school's 'Six attributes to being a good learner;' Exploring the 'Choose Love character values of: Kindness, Gratitude, Forgiveness, Courage and Compassion in action; British Values; Online safety; alongside national and local causes such as Children in Need, School in a Bag, Shoebox appeal, Odd sock day... All these influence our own behaviour and the way we treat others.