At Willow Wood Primary School, we believe that personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society. 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 are dedicated to ensuring that Willow Wood Primary School is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school. Behaviour and attitude to learning is underpinned by values that are taught through PSHE lessons, making it integral to the success of the whole school. PSHE is at the heart of our school ethos.
We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: School Councillor, Eco-Warriors, class and whole school fundraising and engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: health workers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, secondary school pupils, artists, authors, representatives from the local church, mosque and Hackney Council. We participate in, and promote National events such as: Democracy Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Road Safety Week.
We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at Willow Wood Primary School and take part in Children’s Mental Health Week each year.
The in-house counselling service is able to offer some children, who have been referred by the school or a parent, support through weekly 1:1 sessions with a counsellor.
PSHE is an important part of school assemblies and collective worship were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
PSHE is taught as both explicit lessons, using the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) scheme of work; but it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. We aim to support:
- Happy and positive relationships
- Empathy and compassion
- The confidence to make the most of their abilities
- Value and respect of diversity
- Respect for others’ rights to their own values and beliefs
- Evaluation (and appropriate challenge) of the opinions and arguments of others
- Leadership and presentation skills
- Strategies for managing influence
- Enterprise skills and attributes
- Skills for employability (aspiration, communication, creativity, goal setting)
- Taking positive risks
At Willow Wood Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.
The aims of relationship and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
- Teach children the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
- Develop confidence in talking about feelings and relationships
- Help children develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
- Have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others
- Prepare children for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
- Create a positive culture around issues of relationships and sexuality
- Understand about the diverse range of different relationships, and families, and their importance for the care and support of children
- Behave responsibly within relationships
- Be able to recognise unsafe situations and be able to protect themselves and ask for help and support
- Understand the role of the media in forming attitudes
- Understand that offence can be caused by the use of sexual terms as an insult
At Willow Wood Primary School we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.