Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (P.S.H.C.E.)
This subject is deeply embedded within the ethos of the school. Taught both separately and across the curriculum, our aim is to develop good individual personal, social and citizenship skills across the key stage. The ethos of the school, which is incorporated into PSHCE, is also shared with pupils through, “Bobby Brain’s Magic Habits for Learning.”
We are also a ‘Rights Respecting’ school and we strongly believe that with rights there are responsibilities. Therefore, we actively encourage pupils to undertake responsibilities to ensure the smooth-running of their school. Some of these responsibilities are:
- School Council (two annually elected representatives from each class). School Council meets fortnightly to consider school matters which affect the pupils, play an important part in school improvement and promote the school’s vision. They also play a lead role in school staff appointments. They share fortnightly school council work during a class council.
- Year 6 House Captains and Vice-Captains (annually elected girl and boy for each of the four house teams – Greencroft, Beamish, Harperley and Tanfield).
- Year 6 librarians run the library – open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes.
- Trained Year 5 playground pals to help children play and be friends to those finding it hard to make friends.
- Year 6 mediators are trained and supervised to resolve falling-out disputes.
- Year 6 buddies are allocated to new year 3 starters and other new starters throughout the year.
- Year 4 are litter monitors and year 3 help lunchtime supervisors tidy away chairs.
All pupils throughout the year are actively involved in respecting rights work, fundraising for local, national and international charities – both in classes and house teams. We are an accredited enhanced healthy schools which means ongoing daily decisions about how to spend free time, what to eat etc. are challenged positively. We have in the last two years been part of the WOW – walk to school scheme to encourage regular walking to school. We also have regular visitors to enhance pupil’s understanding of how to stay fit and healthy through what they eat and exercise, as well as health and hygiene. (School nurse, FISCH project, expochef , red cross, NSPCC etc.)
As well as PSHCE we deliver a life skills curriculum which incorporates many aspects of PSHCE. Termly life skills focus weeks are delivered with visits, visitors and whole school approaches: autumn is staying safe, spring is respect & diversity and summer is health & fitness.
Anti-bullying is a key part of the PSHCE curriculum and life skills staying safe week in the autumn term focuses on different current issues such as cyber-bullying, e-safety. Assemblies are also used to deliver the key messages. Visitors such as Newcastle F.C. “Show Racism the Red Card” and Sunderland F.C. “Tackle-It” anti-bullying workshops are used to enhance the messages delivered in PSHCE.
Further PSHCE support is also given to some children through the range of social and emotional interventions delivered throughout the year e.g. Rainbows Bereavement Counselling, Listening Matters, Socially Speaking, Getting Along, Relax Kids, Circle Time, Social Skills. External agencies are also used to give specialist support e.g. school councillor, early behaviour intervention support, CAMHS.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
All classes take part in a series of lessons concerning health education, sex and relationships education. Sex and relationships education is a crucial part of preparing children for their lives now and in the future, as adults and parents. The teaching programme uses both SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) and “Lucinda and Godfrey” materials. Inclusive to this is education around LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-sexual). Discrete lessons are not taught around LGBT but it may form part of discussions around family relationships. All of the SRE is delivered to ensure children acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to accept their own and others sexuality in positive ways, showing mutual respect and responsibility, free from abuse.
Year 5 girls and year 6 pupils all receive a puberty/period talk from the school nurse. Parental approval is sought prior to the visit and children will be withdrawn from the lesson if their parents request this.
The school’s SRE policy was formed through consultation with parents and is available from the office for inspection if you wish to view it. Parents have the right withdraw their child from SRE education if they wish to do so and are requested to consult with the headteacher, Mrs Burgess, before they withdraw their child. The nominated governor for PSHCE is Mrs Hodgson, chair of governors.