Intent, Implementation and Impact
Intent: How does the school curriculum set out the knowledge and skills pupils require?
At Fairfield Road Primary School, we believe that a strong PSHE education is important to help our children gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to develop into well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum and takes into account children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and British Values are promoted throughout our PSHE scheme of work. We believe that children must be provided with a PSHE education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Under the new guidance issued by the DfE, from September 2020, Relationships Education at primary school is compulsory. Relationships Education focuses on giving children the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focusses on equipping children with the knowledge to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum, is to deliver lessons which are accessible to all, and help our children get the most out of the outcomes so that they know more, remember more and understand more. It is strongly tied to our relationships, relationships and sex (RSE), health education and wellbeing programme and promotes the essential foundations needed to enable children to achieve their best, academically and socially and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in an ever changing world.
At Fairfield the children will be given the vocabulary and support they need to enable them to articulate their feelings. The intention is to promotes mental wellbeing and empathy across the whole school and into the community. The children in our school come from a range of family backgrounds and life experiences. We believe it is important to consider children’s starting points, differing levels of knowledge and understanding and build upon these through PSHE. We want our children to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society, in terms of race, religion and relationships.
We want our children to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community by learning tolerance, treating others equally, fairly and with kindness and mutual respect, preparing them for their future lives. PSHE also encompasses health and wellbeing. At Fairfield, we will give the children the knowledge to be able to make informed choices with regards to keeping healthy. Our intent is for our children to stay safe, learn to manage risks and make decisions. In an ever increasing technological world, we also want our children to use online resources safely and know how to get help when they feel unsafe.
Implementation: How is curriculum developed, adopted, taught and assessed?
Relationship Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is embedded in all curriculum areas including PSHE. For example, some biological aspects of RSE will also be taught within the science curriculum. E-safety will be taught within computing and ICT.
At Fairfield, we use 1 Decision to teach our PSHE lessons. 1 Decision are a Kitemark Assured PSHE and SMSC e-learning provider for schools. Our PSHE curriculum is built on discussion. The unique sliding doors approach to decision making supports in depth discussion of key life moments, ensuring children understand key concepts and are engaged in active discussion. Lessons builds on skills previously learnt and can be timed to match their needs. This sequencing and the unique videos mean that children commit key knowledge to long term memory. The student self-assessment journeys mean pupils can work towards clearly defined end points. Assessment within 1decision is built into the programme and can be gathered in a number of effective ways; student self-assessment journeys, baseline, formative, and summative assessments.
Our scheme of work is based on three core themes:
Health and wellbeing
Living in the wider world
Our long term overview sets out learning opportunities for each year group. Each core theme, is organised into subtopics to ensure core knowledge is sectioned into units of manageable size. Teaching of OSHE and RSE includes sufficient and well-chosen opportunities and contexts for children to embed new knowledge so that it can be used confidently in real-life situations.
In the teaching of PSHE and RSE only correct medical terminology will be used. Teachers will ensure that children’s views are listened to and will encourage them to ask questions and engage in discussion. Teachers will answer questions sensitively, honestly and appropriate to the children’s age.
Children in EYFS develop knowledge, skills and attributes that form a crucial foundation for later teaching of PSHE at KS1. The PSHE curriculum in EYFS is largely covered in the ‘Development Matters Framework’ prime area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development covering key concepts and skills around – Making relationships; Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour. Specific areas are also covered such as Physical Development – Health and self-care and Understanding the World – People and communities, and supports the teaching of Relationships; Health and Wellbeing along with Living in the Wider World.
We make connections between learning in PSHE and real life experiences children have encountered or may be likely to. Links are often made between PSHE and other subjects, most notably Science, PE, Computing and RE. We also make connections with wider aspects of school life e.g. School Values; School Council; Eco Council; Celebration Assemblies and themed activities such as Anti-bullying; Black History; World Book Day and Comic/Sports Relief.
Impact: What outcomes do pupils achieve as a result of education received?
First and foremost, we want our children to be safe and happy so that they can achieve their personal best in all aspects of school life. Through our PSHE curriculum, we believe that we prepare our children for the next stage in their education as well as preparing them, during this vital stage in their life, for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of an adult world. Our curriculum provides our children with a chance to reflect and learn about these crucial elements.
Children will be able to: