North Marston C E School promotes a strong, values based ethos which embraces all members of the school community. Our core Christian values of Compassion, Justice and Courage and our PSHE curriculum play a significant role in developing this school ethos, providing opportunities for all members of the school community to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences, and to contribute fully to the life of the school, the local and the global community.
Through our PSHE curriculum all at North Marston C E School are encouraged to recognize their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own development, both academically and socially, celebrating the whole person.
Children, with adult guidance where appropriate, will experience the process of democracy through participation in class management, taking on roles of responsibility and electing a School Council, Eco Council and House Captains.
Ground rules will be set to ensure that the views of all pupils are respected. The discussions are treated confidentially to safeguard pupils and any pupils who raise concerns with staff or are vulnerable will be supported. Pupils who are potentially at risk will be identified and monitored before, during and after each session.
By teaching PSHE we are supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. These experiences in turn will develop pupils’ self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence to enable children to:
- develop social skills
- have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships
- respect the differences between people
- develop independence and responsibility
- play an active role as members of a democratic society
- make the most of their own and others’ abilities
- manage their feelings
- develop their self-awareness
- create an environment where good learning takes place
- stay as healthy as possible
- keep themselves and others safe
The following are used to promote the aims of PSHE Education
- Discrete provision
- Cross curricular teaching
- Children’s Voice
- Taking on Roles and Responsibilities
- Themed activities or weeks
1.To promote PSHE through assemblies:
The North Marston Values were established after consultation with children, staff, parents and governors. There are 3 Values; each Value is introduced over a term through house captain assemblies, whole school assemblies and Celebration Assemblies.
A Values timetable has been established following the 3 core values of compassion- Autumn term, Justice- Spring term, Courage- Summer term. These are each supported by two further values of compassion- curiosity/cooperation, justice- connectedness/clarity, courage- confidence/creativity.
- A whole school Celebration Assembly is held weekly. Each class teacher selects a pupil who has demonstrated one of our core values during the week, who receives a certificate. These are times for children and adults to celebrate pupils’ achievements both outside and inside of school.
- Pupils also share and present their learning and celebrate their achievements in the classroom.
Held each half term these assemblies are led by the House Captains. They follow the Christian value for the term and look at how we can learn from the Bible to live out these values. The House Captains plan and deliver these assemblies as part of their responsibilities.
Half termly RE events are held to celebrate different religious festivals and church services are held to celebrate specific Christian festivals such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Local community and faith leaders are invited to visit and give whole school or key stage assemblies.
2.To promote PSHE through the curriculum:
The PSHE curriculum is taught through a range of teaching strategies including weekly timetabled lessons, circle time and discussion. The regular timetable lessons follow the programme of study from the PSHE Association. During the variety of sessions the children are taught skills and values including ;
- to share opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views
- to take part in discussions with one other person and the whole class
- to recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair, and what is right and wrong
- to contribute to the life of the class and school
- to understand that they belong to various groups and communities, such as family and school
- to listen to other people and play and work co-operatively
- to manage and control their feelings during conflicts and disputes
- why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, including class and school rules
The curriculum is linked to the Statutory PSHE curriculum focussing on the 3 areas of Health and wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world. However, PSHE should also respond to issues as they arise and class teachers are responsible for reinforcing values and addressing issues as necessary.
3.To promote PSHE through Cross Curricular teaching:
The PSHE curriculum is taught as appropriate through other subjects. The following links are made via;
Science: Drugs (including medicines), Sex Education (age appropriate following the Christopher Winter project scheme of work), personal health, safety and the environment.
DT: Healthy eating and food preparation.
ICT: Internet safety and communicating with others.
Geography: Topical issues concerning environment, land use, study of the local area, study of places in different parts of the world and differences in culture and traditions.
Music: making the most of abilities in playing and singing, singing as a form of community celebration using music to support values and beliefs.
P.E: Understanding exercise supports a healthy lifestyle, celebrating success through sporting achievements and supporting each other through team sports and games.
R.E: Empathy and respect for religions, values and practices that underpin and influence personal and social issues and relationships.
4.To promote PSHE through Children’s Voice:
At North Marston C E School children’s voice is heard and their opinions respected through an elected School Council. School council members stand for election in their class and one representative is elected from each class. School Council meetings are held every 2 weeks and the minutes of the meetings are reported back to each class and the headteacher. The agenda for the meeting is set after consultation with each class. The class teacher facilitates the class discussions and a member of staff supports the School Council Meeting.
Children are encouraged to raise concerns and issues with their class teacher. A clear Anti Bullying Policy provides guidelines for investigating bullying concerns.
5.To promote PSHE through roles and responsibilities:
At North Marston C E School one of the key factors supporting children’s personal and social development is the opportunity for them to work as part of, and for the good of, the whole school community. As the children progress through school there is an increasing selection of roles and responsibilities they can take on. Clubs and societies also provide opportunities for developing specific talents and interests.
Roles and responsibilities;
- Head Boy and Head Girl (Y6) by application and presentation speech at the end of Year 5
- House Captains (Y6) Elected by class teacher.
- School council (Y1-6) One per class elected by class members following submission of an application form
- Play leaders (KS2) Volunteers who support KS1 at dinner time
- JRSO (KS2) Volunteers
6.To promote PSHE through themed weeks and activities
Where appropriate PSHE is supported by themed weeks or activities:
Examples of this include;
- Curriculum days
- School visits
- Residential experiences (Y5/6)
- Enterprise Week
These events and activities provide opportunities for children to plan and work together and develop knowledge and skills.
The impact of the PSHE curriculum in achieving its aims is assessed by the PSHE co-ordinator, the Head Teacher and Governors through :
Yearly pupil questionnaires
Governor class visits
Pupil discussions and feedback
Work Scrutiny and lesson observation
Monitoring of behaviour
Monitoring of Attendance
School self evaluation
The School recognises the importance of a strong partnership with parents in developing strong values and effective personal, social and health and citizenship education. The School values the support of parents and is committed to effective communication with parents regarding their child’s welfare, health and personal wellbeing initiatives, curriculum information, policies and procedures.
Parents are encouraged to raise concerns regarding health and well being with their child’s class teacher, the Assistant Headteacher or the Head Teacher so that issues can be resolved speedily.
The school’s programme of study for PSHE is designed to ensure that all children have full and equal access. Children may have varying needs regarding PSHE depending on their circumstances and background. The school strongly believes that all pupils should have access to PSHE that is relevant to their particular needs.
To achieve this, the school’s approach to PSHE will take account of:
- The needs of boys and girls equally
- Ethnic and cultural diversity.
- Varying home backgrounds.
- Special educational needs
The school also recognises the need for extra, targeted work with vulnerable pupils.
Links with other policies
We recognise the clear link between PSHE and the following policies
- Sex and Relationship Education
- Teaching and Learning
- Equal Opportunities
- Child Protection