Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) does not currently have National Curriculum objectives but there is a clear requirement that schools promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and should make provision for PSCHE, drawing on good practice.
St Jude’s PSCHE provision focuses on helping children develop the skills to build and maintain friendships, to recognise and manage their emotions, to know how to keep themselves safe, to understand and manage change in their lives, including as their bodies change and for Year 6 children, the change as they transfer to secondary school. The personal and social development of each child has a significant role in their ability to learn and achieve. PSHCE is taught directly in class and through other subjects such as English, Humanities, RE, Science and PE.
It is also immersed in the daily life of our school community e.g. Collective Worship, playground behaviour, healthy eating at lunchtimes, School Council and a wide variety of other leadership responsibilities that our children assume at St Jude’s. We work closely with specialists and professionals such as members of the National Health Service, Police and Fire Service, and representatives from charitable organisations.
Our PSCHE curriculum is bespoke to St Jude’s and incorporates the best elements of Jenny Mosley’s Positive Behaviour Model alongside JIGSAW, the mindful approach to PSCHE. Our children have the opportunity to explore relevant and vital themes on a weekly basis, through Circle Time and beautifully presented resources and visual stimuli.
PSCHE also includes Sex & Relationships Education, and Drugs Education
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
The governing body have agreed that Sex and Relationships Education will be taught as part of the curriculum personal, health and social education. The SRE policy is reviewed each year by governors. Parents and carers are invited to an annual meeting where the content of the sessions is shared with them by a Local Authority specialist consultant.
- The aims are: –
- to encourage pupils to appreciate the Christian values of stable family life, love and marriage and the responsibilities of parenthood.
- to promote good health.
- to promote a sense of self-worth, wellbeing, respect for self and others.
- to develop a biological understanding of the human body in relation to its sexual development to enable our children to understand the cycle of life, the changes that will occur to their bodies, the reason for these changes and functions of the sex organs.
This is taught through PSCHE and Science. The statutory drugs education which forms part of the Science curriculum is as follows:
Key Stage 1: 5-7 year olds should be taught about the role of drugs as medicine.
Key Stage 2: 7-11 year olds should be taught that tobacco, alcohol and other drugs can have harmful effects.