At Middleton Primary School, we aim to promote children’s personal, social, spiritual and health education, as well as their emotional development and well-being. We build on statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum and in statutory guidance and follow the Dimensions scheme of work to provide consistency throughout our school, support staff with subject knowledge and reduce teacher workload. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. This enables them to learn life skills to assist their personal, spiritual and physical growth. We explore the changes that everyone undergoes to deal with today’s society and give pupils an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being an outstanding citizen. Middleton Primary School is a member of the PSHE Association and uses various resources which have received “Quality Assured” status.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. Our PSHE curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of Relationship and Health Education, as set in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
The subject leader is responsible for ensuring a whole school progression is outlined from EYFS to year 6 and ensure teachers use a long term PSHE programme to equip pupils with an age- appropriate, sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more.
At Middleton, PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and is integrated throughout our curriculum. In addition, we ensure that children receive regular PSHE lessons which focus on key objectives and skills. Teaching and learning in the classroom shows progression across all key stages within the PSHE core themes and our curriculum identifies links to British Values, SMSC and key skills into the curriculum. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class and we encourage this where possible.
PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. We have virtual phase assemblies to focus on relevant themes and children continue learning at an age appropriate level. Each fortnight, we focus on a key current affair through our ‘Real News’ learning. This starts with a launch assembly and then each class takes part in follow up discussions at an age appropriate level in their classes. At Middleton, Real News develops a range of personal, social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills that equip children for life in modern day Britain.
The subject leader is responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning of PSHE from EYFS to year 6. The subject leader has a detailed action plan which is reviewed termly. Termly pupil voice and staff interviews\questionnaires are conducted and reviewed in order to improve PSHE teaching and learning throughout school. Regular staff updates, CPD and support is offered to staff in order to guide their planning and teaching of PSHE.
We have adapted our curriculum from September 2020 to ensure that our PSHE curriculum considers the impact of COVID 19.
The subject leader has worked alongside staff, governors and parents to implement statutory Relationships and Health Education (see RHE tab for further information). At Middleton it is paramount that children have opportunity to implement their personal, social, health and emotional learning in everyday situations and we encourage, where possible, real life context to be given. In September 2020, we introduced a recovery curriculum to address some of these needs that relate specifically to the Covid 19 situation. The PiXL recovery lessons complemented our Dimensions Programme and ensured that children settle back into education and address worries at this time.
What does PSHE look like at Middleton?
Fundamental to everything we do at Middleton is an overarching aim to ensure we have a caring and inclusive community where safety is key, everyone is equal and everyone matters. Whilst we aim to teach PSHE discretely through our broad curriculum, assemblies and other educational activities, we also ensure that we have dedicated PSHE lessons which progress from EYFS to year 6.
How do we plan for PSHE at Middleton?
To view details of how we plan PSHE at Middleton, please click here.
Information for parents
Below are some links to documents that provide further details for parents.
Our PSHE Policy
Our PSHE policy can be found here.