At Valley View Primary School we aim to enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society and to help them tackle many of the social, moral and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide children with the opportunity to learn about economic wellbeing, caring for the environment and rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Children will know how to stay safe online and understand what healthy relationships should look like in real life and online.
Valley View Primary School believes strongly in the importance of quality PSHE education. It provides a fundamental foundation to support all children in being prepared for life long learning. We believe that skills for life need to be explicitly taught, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to ensure that our children are well prepared for life. Our aim to enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society and to help them tackle many of the social, moral and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide children with the opportunity to learn about economic wellbeing, caring for the environment, their rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Children will know how to stay safe online and understand what healthy relationships should look like in real life and online.
Implementation: Provision and Resources
A whole school approach is essential and effective because many aspects of school life influence pupils’ personal and social development. The P.S.H.E. Curriculum can be delivered through 4 main areas:
- P.S.H.E. designated time (family groups and SCARF Coram scheme)
- Teaching in and through other curriculum areas.
- Through enrichment activities and school events.
- Through pastoral care and guidance.
We aim to deliver PSHE as a whole school approach in order to provide a full curriculum in the most effective way, providing a breadth of opportunities. As a school we follow the Coram SCARF scheme of work (which stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship). The scheme provides a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations. This is crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing.
Family group system
Family Group is delivered on alternate weeks by Family Group leaders in mix age groups across school. It is planned in themes by the PSHE coordinator. Family group system is a key strength in the school and is reviewed termly to ensure coverage is current and reflective of the needs of school and encompassing British Values and SMSC. The RE coordinator also ensures spiritual and cultural strands are covered in the RE curriculum.
Additional PSHE sessions are timetabled on a weekly basis and are taught with a year group focus, using the comprehensive SCARF scheme.
We use a range of teaching and learning styles. We place an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, the planning of school special events such as an assembly or open evening, or involvement in an activity to help other individuals or groups less fortunate that themselves. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behaviour. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police, and representatives from the local church, whom we invite into school to talk about their role in creating a positive supportive local community.
The impact of PSHE is assessed in accordance with the key half termly themes from the SCARF scheme of work. Each year group has a curriculum assessment document which includes these key strands. Assessments are taken from a combination of informal teacher assessments, work recorded in pupil books, key questioning and assessment for learning. They are linked to the coverage of each target identified on the SCARF summative assessment document for each year group. Evidence of children’s work can be found in their PSHE books, family group journals, blogs and school displays. The PSHE coordinator effectively monitors the teaching and recording of PSHE through regular observations and work and planning scrutinies. We use our British Values Passport to revisit and revise prior learning and assess how well the children have retained their learning.
British Values Curriculum Passport Intent: To provide a broad, balanced curriculum which is relevant to and widens the experiences of our children in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face and inspire a love of knowledge, learning and life. To enable our children to become health…