We believe that PSHE and citizenship should enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised. We teach children both about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
The objectives of PSHE and citizenship are to enable the children to:
PSHE and citizenship curriculum planning
We teach PSHE and citizenship topics through the SEAL programme, other subjects and through assembly topics. For example, when teaching about local environmental issues in geography, we offer pupils the opportunity to find out who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of local parks and cycle paths. Also, as there is a large overlap between the programme of study for religious education and the aims of PSHE and citizenship, we deliver a considerable amount of the PSHE and citizenship curriculum through our religious education lessons. Many issues concerning health are dealt with in science.
We also develop PSHE and citizenship through various activities and whole-school events. We offer a residential visit in Key Stage 2 to an outdoor adventure activity centre and to France, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem, and giving them opportunities to develop leadership skills and positive group work.