Personal, Social & Health Education
At Ambleside CE Primary School, we believe that P.S.H.E (personal, social, health education) is the foundation for our children’s learning. The children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority and P.S.H.E is the key vehicle through which we share this with children. We regard P.S.H.E as an important and integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos.
Our personal, social and health education (P.S.H.E) programme promotes children's personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
We will provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities, R.S.E (Relationships, Sex and Education), Drugs Education, E-Safety and Citizenship and make links to British Values 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. Particular attention is given to the school’s six core Christian values (Thankfulness, Trust, Forgiveness, Friendship, Hope and Fellowship) and developing pupil’s self-esteem and their social and personal skills by following our school’s golden rules.
It is our intent to make P.S.H.E accessible to all pupils through a curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life. As a result of our P.S.H.E curriculum, we intend for our children to know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
The P.S.H.E curriculum focuses on three core learning themes: Relationships, Health and Well-being and Living in the Wider World. It is delivered within a whole school approach which includes:
- Weekly PSHE sessions
- Teaching PSHE through the Christian Value of the month
- Teaching PSHE through and in other subjects/curriculum areas
- Circle Time
- Teaching outdoors where possible
- Specialised assemblies
- P.S.H.E activities and school events, for example ‘Odd Socks Day’ for anti-bullying week
- Pastoral care and guidance within school and through agencies such as Barnardo’s
- Visiting speakers
- Residential Trips
- Extra-Curricular Activities
The effective teaching of P.S.H.E will impact the children in the following ways:
- They will develop positive and healthy relationships with others both now and in the future.
- They will be aware of ways to keep physically, mentally and emotionally safe.
- They will understand the physical aspects involved in R.S.E at an age-appropriate level.
- They will have the respect for themselves and others.
- They will develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
- They will be able to understand and manage their emotions.
- They will be thoughtful and responsible members of their community and their school.
- They will appreciate difference and diversity.
- They will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty.
- They will be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life.