St James's Approach to PSHE
"PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives."
Through the integration of PSHE into topic work, pupils take part in a range of activities enabling them to work with others and recognise their own worth. They reflect on experiences and tackle many of the moral and social issues we see in school life and the wider world. The pupils learn to understand and respect diversity and differences enabling them to form effective relationships with others.
Pupils become more aware of how to look after themselves through both Science and PSHE. We also aim to give pupils understanding of the importance of diet, hygiene and exercise and our ‘Advanced Healthy Schools’ status is recognition of our commitment to this.
‘Life to the Full’ is a fully resourced, faith-inspired scheme of work in Relationships and Health Education for Catholic primary schools which embraces and fulfils the new statutory curriculum.
It is taught with a ‘spiral’ approach to learning, in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age appropriate stage through their school life.
The entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God, created, chosen and loved by God.
We recognise the need for our provision in PSHE to meet the needs of all children and the different circumstances they may find themselves in. This is reflected in the personalised and additional provision in place within the George Tancred Centre and carried out by the Inclusion Team.
How is PSHE Assessed?
Each child has a ‘Concept Card’ in the front of their PSHE Book. The concepts covered relate exactly to the National Curriculum Objectives for each year group. When a Concept is not achieved, the teacher will highlight the concept. When concepts not achieved, review tasks and teacher support are put in place to address any misconceptions.
Progression of Skills and Knowledge
Our Progression of Skills and Knowledge documents inform our planning. The National Curriculum objectives are listed in each term and broken down into progressive steps. The objectives are mapped out for progression across the year. In PSHE lessons, these objectives are broken down into microscopic steps, reflecting our mastery approach. We ensure that all of our children are secure on a step before moving onto another step.