PSHCE is an integral part in children’s education. It is necessarily part of the children’s daily activities, complementing the Catholic ethos of our school, and forming the foundation of lessons across the curriculum. We want the children to develop as well-rounded, caring individuals, knowing their own strengths and building confidence to tackle all of life’s challenges.
Alongside our RE programme, PSHCE forms the basis of the children’s learning, from Upper Foundation Stage to Y6. Children need the opportunity to interact with others and begin to work out how to solve everyday problems, presented in a fun and exciting way, if they are to cope with the demands of their journey through Primary school.
Throughout the school, the children engage in regular Circle time activities. These are linked to our “Statements to Live By” and our RE programme, “The Way, The Truth, The Life”. The children enjoy participating in a variety of games intended to build their social confidence, and then talk through how the statements relate to their own particular stage of development, in an atmosphere of trust.
PSHCE is taught in a cross-curricular way as well as discreetly. Children are constantly encountering situations where they must develop independence, respect for themselves and others, and ways to work as a team. The children need to have experience of using these skills within a variety of situations, for example when working on maths problems, or re-enacting periods of history, or conducting science investigations. The possibilities are endless and bring meaning and purpose to those activities
Children also participate in Whole School activities within the subject. The School Council is made up of representatives from each year group from Y1 upwards, voted democratically by the children themselves. It meets regularly to discuss issues concerning the children and the school environment, and feeds back to their respective classes on their ideas and the progress made as a result.