Our intention is that when children leave Church Hill Infants, they will do so with increasing knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.
Our PSRHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.
We only offer statutory Relationship and Health Education (RHE); a statutory component of the Personal, Social, Relationship and Health Education (PSRHE) curriculum from September 2020. We define Relationships and Health Education at our Infant setting as learning about the many strands of relationships and growing up. This includes family relationships, friendships and relationships with peers and adults, healthy and unhealthy relationships, the characteristics of positive relationships, relationships online and the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up.
EYFS – In the Foundation Stage, PSRHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals. Reception also uses the Jigsaw Scheme of Work materials.
Key Stage 1 – At Key Stage 1 PSRHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and ‘aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me
It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.
Our School Values of Kindness, Determination, Excellence, Teamwork and Being Unique underpin everything we aim to achieve in order for us to become the best that we can be!
The creation of a positive ethos in Church Hill Infant School is not left to chance. The involvement of the whole school community, especially through PSHE and Citizenship, enables the school to tackle all issues openly and seriously.
We believe that focusing on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking.
All staff and pupils work together to create a positive climate in and out of classrooms. Respect is developed through sharing and taking turns in the Foundation Stage progressively to listening to the points of view of others on a variety of issues with older pupils.
Self-esteem is fostered through the way we talk to each other, display work, but also through well planned PSRHE lessons, circle times, Celebration assemblies, and Positive achievement awards given by the Headteachers golden stickers.
Opportunities to ensure appropriate independence are built into teaching, so that by the end of Year 2, pupils have begun to use research skills, work and think independently and are generally prepared for the transfer to the Junior school.
PSRHE, including SMSC and BV, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area such as RE or Science.
Visitors such as emergency services complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
Assemblies are linked to PSRHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
We try to ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in class management and via electing a School Council. We teach children both about their rights and their responsibilities to each other.
Expectations of pupils by teachers and by themselves are high; pupils are encouraged to, ‘be the best you can be’ and achieve your targets.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
· be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
· be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
· appreciate difference and diversity
· recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
· be able to understand and manage their emotions
· be able to look after their mental health and well-being
· be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
· understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
· have respect for themselves and others.
· have a positive self esteem
Our PRSHE Co-ordinator is Miss Kirby.
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