PSHCE at Burradon Community Primary School focuses on the emotional and physical health and well being of our children. Our well-balanced curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. It takes its aims from our core values:
Learning together; growing together
Be curious about the world around you, ask questions and investigate.
Care and respect yourself, other people, our school and the wider world.
Persevere and be resilient - be the best you can.
Stay safe, make sensible choices and do things that make you happy.
At the heart of the community
Intent (Our aims)
We encourage our children to be responsible and respectful individuals who are well prepared for responsibilities and opportunities in the next stage of their life. We do this by:
- Developing their ability to name and describe their emotions and have a range of effective strategies to deal with emotions such as anger or worry
- Developing their skills to make sensible, informed choices both in school and outside of school including online
- Understanding and exploring the importance of perseverance, resilience and setting a goal and how it supports progress
- Saying how they are special and being able to name some things that make them happy
- Understanding the importance of being healthy in relation to healthy eating, exercise, hygiene, first aid and drug education
- Develop an understanding of financial education through exploring themes such as needs and wants and spending and saving
- Understand different career choices including exploring careers which are stereotypically male or female.
- Encouraging children to be a proud to be part of the school community, local area and the wider world and supporting them realise how their choices affect others
- Developing their ability to form and maintain relationships with others and to know how to make amends when things go wrong in relationships
- Develop their understanding of relationships such as different families and puberty for children in Y5 and Y6
- Encouraging the highest standards of behaviour and supporting those children who find these standards difficult to achieve for a variety of reasons through Thrive and support from other agencies
- Working closely with external agencies such as the Red Cross, Police and NSPCC to reinforce key safety messages
Implementation: Teaching and Learning
PSHCE at Burradon is taught across KS1 and KS2 in timetabled slots each week. Children also discuss their emotions during circle activities and check in times. Children follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of learning scheme (SEALs) and all year groups follow the same theme every half term. This scheme is supplemented by the Relationships and Sex Education Scheme (RSE scheme), Drug Education Scheme, Financial Education, First Aid, Keeping Healthy, Operation Encompass Lessons and Careers Work. We also have Class Thrive plans which focus on class targets that the children need to work on.
In Early Years PSHCE forms part of the PSE Curriculum (making relationships, self-confidence and awareness and managing feelings and behaviour) strand of the curriculum.
All PSHCE topics allow opportunities for pupils to discuss ideas and to work together in a collaborative manner. Opportunities are sought to link PSHCE with other areas of the curriculum, such as computing, RE, English, PE and science. We also recognise the importance of peer discussion, investigations and debates which allow children opportunities to discuss their ideas. Our daily collective worship sessions also focus on the important PSHCE themes we are addressing.We hold sharing assemblies half termly for parents and carers to share our PSHCE work.
We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods in PSHCE lessons. Our teaching methods include whole class demonstration, group work, paired work and individual work. We recognise that children need to revise areas from previous years and our PSHCE curriculum follows a spiral approach which consolidates and builds upon learning from previous years.
PSHCE at Burradon is very important and we believe that we deliver a curriculum that best suits the needs of our children. We believe that PSHCE plays a vital part of primary Education and it is embedded throughout the curriculum and our visions and values. PSHCE is integral to the development of a young persons values, emotional and physical health and well being and the ability to make informed choices both inside and outside of school.
"The behaviour of your inquisitive, bubbly pupils is splendid. Lunchtimes and breaks are enjoyable, sociable affairs. Pupils are very considerate of each other, adults and visitors. They listen carefully to questions and instructions, responding politely and promptly. A feeling of pride and respect for others are tangible. Links with the local community and ‘the history of our mining village’ are prized. The pupil council is held in high regard. Pupils have a clear understanding of this group’s role and function, knowing that its members represent their wider views and act on their behalf. The principles of democracy are well entrenched."
Our teachers assess the children’s work in PSHCE and Citizenship both by making judgements as they observe and listen to children during lessons and by marking their recorded work.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, baseline assessment is completed on entry to FS1 and FS2. This is completed through observations on the profile. This is then updated on a termly basis in line with North Tyneside. Profile points are analysed at the end of the academic year in order to set targets for the following year.
For Key Stages 1 and 2 end of year assessments are carried out on the PSHCE assessment sheets and children will be working towards standard, expected standard or greater depth in standard. In addition to this children complete assessment booklets for Relationship and Sex Education and Drug Education to show the impact of their learning and understanding.
We report the children’s achievements in PSHCE to parents each year in the end of year reports.
We hold the Healthy School Award and have a very strong School Council who are part of the decision making of the school.
Children can discuss our visions and values and are more able to relate these values to their own experiences and give examples of how they personally contribute to our values.
We now have 2 trained Thrive Practitioner and we have introduced Thrive Behaviour Approach to all staff. This has enabled staff to skillfully deal and support children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
We sponsor a little girl from Bethlehem called Noor. We have helped to pay for school,fees, food and medical care. We had a visit from Barbara from PCDC in February 2020 to update us on Noor and tell us about her visit to Bethlehem. Noor is very clever and can speak English well. We are currently planning our next fundraising event!