PSHE including Relationships & Health Education

What is PSHE?
At Heytebsury School, our intent for 'Personal, Social and Health Education' is that it promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of the children in our care. This will be achieved through providing opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.  In this way, the children will develop the qualities and attributes that they will need to flourish as individuals, family members and members of society.
We encourage our children to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community
What is taught in PSHE?
As part of our broad and balanced curriculum we:
  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils
  • prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • promote British Values - democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.
What will my child learn?
We follow a programme called 'Jig-Saw'.  There are six half-term units of work, each with six lessons.  Each class studies the same topic at the same time, allowing for whole school themes and celebrations.  Just now, due to Covid restrictions and needing to stay in class bubbles, we are exploring new ways to share these themes and celebrations.  Our PSHE approach includes 'mindfulness' activities which helps the children understand their own individual needs which in turn supports their well being and mental health.
Being me in my World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a community - school, village, local area, national and global.
Celebrating Difference focuses in similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships and conflict.  Children learn to accept everyone's right to 'difference'.  We also learn about the concept of bullying - what it is and what is isn't, including cyber and homophobic bullying.
Dreams and Goals encourages children to think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are and how to overcome challenges. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success and they have the opportunity to share their aspirations and their dreams for the world. 
Healthy Me covers physical health (eating, activity, rest & relaxation, drugs, alcohol, keeping safe) and also has a strong focus on mental health and emotional literacy throughout, empowering children to be aware of their own thoughts and feelings and know how to manage and regulate these.
Relationships has a wide focus looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets & animals, love & loss. A vital part of this unit is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness. Children will learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem.  They will have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families and to learn about stereotypes.  All lessons are delivered in an age appropriate way. 
Changing Me deals with changes of many types from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding.  Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore.  Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are designed  to meet children's needs.  All year groups learn about how people and bodies change.

The impact of PSHE will be measured through the development of the whole child, through questioning and discussion, through observation of relationships between friends, groups and within the school community and of course from the child’s own observations of how they feel.

If our PSHE curriculum is successful then all children will flourish within the school environment in terms of their perseverance, friendships, compassion and ability to be reflective and think deeply in regard to a wide range of circumstances and opportunities.

Our PSHE curriculum will ensure that all children embrace their place in society; they will enter the next step of their education as confident, inquisitive and resilient learners with a compassion and respect for others and their opinions.

Through the development of progressive Health Education, all children will be able to make the right choices to keep themselves and others around them physically, emotionally and mentally safe and secure; they will have the confidence and resilience to seek or offer help when needed.

The development of progressive, secure and all-encompassing Relationship Education will provide all children with the emotional resilience needed to build healthy relationships throughout their lives and to take their place in society as tolerant, respectful and responsible citizens.