Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori
Why we teach PSHE
PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and it enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Through PSHE, the children understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
When children leave Adel St John, we want them to have the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and wellbeing.
Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to understand a variety of relationships, learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
In order to achieve this, we use the You, Me, PSHE scheme of work recommended by the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Service. You, Me, PSHE forms the basis of our lessons, with some supplements as detailed on the Long Term Plan below.
You, Me, PSHE provides primary schools with a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum. The curriculum is divided into 7 different strands:
- Relationships and sex education (RSE)
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE)
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Careers, financial capability & economic wellbeing
- Identity, society and equality
Within each strand, there is a series of age appropriate and progressive lessons. At Adel St John, we have structured this so that each year group is learning about the same strand at the same time throughout the year.