Section 2.5 of the national curriculum framework states that all schools should make provision for PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education, drawing on good practice. In order to meet this objective, we follow a programme of study written by the PSHE Association.
The programme of study is based on three core themes within which there is broad overlap and flexibility:
- Core theme 1. Health and Wellbeing
- Core theme 2. Relationships
- Core theme 3. Living in the Wider World
PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It supports them in making effective transitions and in making positive learning choices.
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills to enjoy and manage their lives.
In addition, the learning provided through a comprehensive PSHE education provision is essential to safeguarding pupils.
The document below shows the progression of skills taught from Year 1 to Year 2.