Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education provides a formal opportunity within the curriculum to support the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the ‘whole child’. Through our PSHE programme we aim to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
PSHE at Uplands is taught in dedicated lessons, but is also embedded in our programme of assemblies and with links across the curriculum. We use a range of techniques including role play, whole class or group discussion, workshops with specialist visitors, and informative DVDs or interactive online resources. From September 2020 PSHE incorporates statutory Relationships Education and Health Education.
Personal and Social Skills
Using techniques such as role play, reflection and group discussion, children are taught to develop self-awareness, empathy, resilience, self-management and social skills. Lessons and resources are designed and selected to help children address topics at an age appropriate level. These lessons support children in setting aspirational goals, coping with difficult situations and dealing with interpersonal issues such as falling out with friends. Children are taught to recognise the characteristics of healthy and positive relationships, including online relationships, and how to seek support if they experience problems or have concerns.
Healthy eating, including nutrition, a balanced diet and the importance of limiting sugar consumption, is taught throughout school in co-ordinated lessons in PSHE, Science and Design Technology. As well as learning about what eating healthily means, children in each year group put this into practice by designing and making a healthy snack or meal. Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables to school each day for playtime.
PSHE, alongside PE, also teaches the importance of regular physical activity to a healthy lifestyle. Playtimes are designed to encourage healthy physical activity using "Huff and Puff", "Play Nicely" and the newly installed Trim Trail.
As well as physical health, lessons in PSHE link with our Art of Brilliance work to ensure that children understand the importance of mental wellbeing and good mental health: children reflect on how to recognise and talk about their emotions and how to look after their own and others’ mental wellbeing.
Children are taught the importance of prevention in maintaining health, for example through keeping safe, careful handwashing, personal hygiene, dental hygiene and sun care. We also use PSHE to teach children, in an age-appropriate and sensitive way, about the risks of drugs and substance misuse.
In Year 5 and 6, children are taught about puberty and the associated physical and emotional changes. Year 6 children are also taught about reproduction and conception. These sessions take place in separate gender groups, and include discussion and DVDs. Class teachers lead the sessions. Parents are invited to view the DVDs in advance.
Children learn what money is; the difference between wants and needs; where money comes from; the role of banks; different types of money; and are introduced to the concepts of interest, taxation, inflation, supply and demand. Children in Year 4 run their own charity fundraising sale, whilst children in Year 6 organise a Macmillan coffee afternoon for parents and carers.
We recognise the importance of assessing progress within PSHE, both in order to give the subject standing and also to allow better planning and reporting upon the subject. Whilst opportunities to assess in PSHE are less tangible, as many sessions do not create written or physical work, we utilise a range of assessment techniques including peer and self-assessment, observation, special projects and events.