Aims and Objectives:
At Dairy Meadow, we teach PSHE with the aim to develop the children’s awareness of themselves, helping them to better communicate their thoughts and feelings. As a result, the children have high aspirations and a belief in themselves, thus enabling them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
The PSHE curriculum is broad and balanced ensuring that children leave Dairy Meadow with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe online as well as keeping themselves safe physically and mentally. We believe that our PSHE curriculum allows the children to develop a critical thinking approach to their learning and promotes a safe space to share their thoughts and opinions whilst respecting the differing viewpoints of others. Thus, developing the skills and attributes to build positive relationships and a better understanding of themselves, their peers and the diverse community they are growing up in.
Teaching and Learning:
Teachers at Dairy Meadow use the London Borough of Ealing’s PSHE scheme of work to plan and deliver a variety of units which actively supports and promotes class discussions; taking our pupils needs into consideration. These lessons support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviours which enables our children to:
- Have a sense of purpose
- Value self and others
- Form relationships
- Make and act on informed decisions
- Communicate effectively
- Work with others
- Respond to challenge
- Be active citizens in the local community
- Understand similarities and differences between people and families
- Become healthy and fulfilled individuals
PSHE lessons occur weekly from years 1 – 6, with the British Values of Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different beliefs, The Rule of Law and Democracy all underpinning every lesson. Alongside this, each lesson in every year group starts off with a recap on the PANTS rule and describes the ROCK rules (respect, openness, confidential and kind) thus creating a safe and stimulating environment.
EYFS children benefit from receiving their PSHE interwoven throughout their school day particularly when focussed on their Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) goals. PSED supports children to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. They learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably.
Each PSHE session is designed to ensure quality discussions take place within the classroom. Children’s discussions are supported and promoted through various ways: via paired and group discussions, visual aids such as pictures and videos, scaffolded sentence starters and where an adult is available children may have their discussions steered by an adult.
PSHE is assessed in a number of ways: each term pupil voice is collected providing an insight on the children’s understanding of their current learning. Summative and formative assessments take place in the form of end of unit quizzes, pupil self-assessments and completed work within a class floor book.
The PSHE Lead has termly CPD meetings with Ealing’s Health and Behaviour team along with Ealing’s School Travel Team. This allows the PSHE lead to promote health and well-being within Dairy Meadow that are current and solely based on the needs of its pupils.
Monitoring and Evaluating:
The monitoring and evaluation of PSHE will take in the forms of book looks, pupil voice and staff feedback forms. This will ensure that pupils are able to discuss their learning and staff feel confident with teaching the different objectives covered under the PSHE programme.
At Dairy Meadow, pupils will be given the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops and whole school events related to their PSHE unit or a whole school event. For example, pupils and the wider community have taken part in the annual Active Travel Challenge, Year Four pupils have had the opportunity to take part in an Anti-Bullying workshop whilst Year 6 and nursery pupils have had visits from the local firefighters and the police force.
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