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Curriculum statement

PSHE teaching at Our Lady’s aims to:

  • assist in the growth and development of the whole person by nurturing each child’s intellectual, spiritual, moral, emotional, psychological and physical development;
  • give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become informed, active and responsible citizens;
  • give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives;
  • help children to make informed choices about lifestyles;
  • teach the children to respect and care for the world;
  • develop children’s awareness of safety issues;
  • develop children’s understanding of the need for positive relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.

 

PSHE is separated into 3 different areas - health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. The emphasis is on using real life experiences and cross curricular approaches across PSHE in all subject areas of the curriculum.

 

The dot.com learning programme has been implemented in all classes since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.  It is designed to tackle behavioural issues including bullying, crime and disorder, social inclusion, racism and good citizenship. The SEAL programme is still available to use alongside this programme. Nationwide research is continuing to study the impact of improved social behaviour; reduction in bullying; greater attention during lessons; and, importantly, an increase in the self-esteem of pupils. There are also many activities within the programme based around budgeting and the value of money.

 

All classes continue to use Mission Statements to guide them in terms of being good role models throughout the school and these are displayed throughout the school.

 

In the Early Years, provision for PSHE is on-going and continuous, with opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults, as well as those, which they plan or initiate themselves.

 

In KS1 and KS2, we use a range of learning and teaching styles and we follow the dot.com programme. 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. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers as well as participating in activities outside the classroom.

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