At Westcliff Primary Academy we place importance in high quality Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) that reflects the needs of our pupils and our local community.
PSHE can encompass many areas of study and can be taught across the curriculum.
Alongside this pupils will directly reflect on:
- How to keep myself safe
- How to keep myself healthy
- How to develop positive relationships
- How to become a responsible citizen
- Understanding feelings and emotions
- Online safety
- Issues relating to money
- Hazard awareness
This will be recapped and built upon in Key Stage Two where they will:
- Learn about their growing and changing bodies
- The working world
- A world without judgement
- Sex and relationships
Pupils will also learn about how their mind works through our ‘Mind Up’ programme. Having an understanding about this will enable them to become more open about mental health and strategies to support this.
At Westcliff Primary Curriculum, PSHE is implemented using these 5 golden threads:
- Community: Learning links to the local community, explores and appreciates our connection with the environment around us.
- Communication: Children and staff have clear guidelines for communication during this learning. They understanding that sharing of experiences will enrich their learning within PSHE.
- Safe space: Not only do children learn about how to keep safe, but it is widely known that when learning about new topics and sharing experiences, that this is conducted in a safe and supportive manner.
- Acceptance: The curriculum is based on acceptance and celebration of differences in both background, situations and ability.
- Preparation: PSHE is not only just about the present but also about preparation for the next step. Be that transition to the next year group, key stage, further education or career. We ensure that our children are well prepared to grow into happy and responsible citizens of the future.
The PSHE curriculum will be assessed through conversations with the children and how they have retained the knowledge shared during lessons. We believe pupils at Westcliff school should leave us with the knowledge to make safe and informed decisions. Therefore, empowering them to become valuable members of our local community and the wider world.