PSHE (Including RSHE)
How PSHE education, including Relationships Education, is taught at Garstang Community Primary School.
We have chosen the SCARF programme, compiled by Coram Education, as our main PSHE resource. Coram Education also provide the Life Education facility to schools, which we use each year. SCARF is an acronym to cover all of the aspects of PSHE (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship). We use this resource because the lessons build upon children’s prior learning; we have assessed the content and feel that it is relevant and sensitive to the needs of the children. There is planned progression across the SCARF scheme of work, so that children are increasingly and appropriately challenged as they move up through the school. Alongside this, we also use other resources recommended by the PSHE Association, Newsround and wider media learning from the world around us.
Class teachers follow the suggested six half-termly units provided by SCARF for each year but we have tailored the curriculum to the needs of our pupils. The lesson plans list the specific learning objectives for each lesson and provide support for how to teach the lessons; class teachers and our PSHE lead often discuss this on an informal basis.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the EYFS, PSHE education is about making connections; it’s strongly linked to child-led activities, including play. PSHE is taught through activities that are part of topics, as well as on an individual basis to develop personal skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting. Positive experiences are built through daily opportunities, to share and enjoy a range of different activities. Children are given the opportunity to engage in social activities, as members of a small group or occasionally during whole-school activities.
Our Curriculum aims to create inspirational learning opportunities within an exciting curriculum, which equips our pupils with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a dynamic world. Key learning about relationships and health and wellbeing begins at this stage.
KS1 and KS2
The SCARF programme divides the year into 6 themed units:
- Me and My Relationships: includes content on feelings, emotions, conflict resolution and friendships
- Valuing Difference: a focus on respectful relationships and British values
- Keeping Myself Safe: looking at keeping ourselves healthy and safe
- Rights and Responsibilities: learning about money, living in the wider world and the environment
- Being My Best: developing skills in keeping healthy, developing a growth mind set (resilience), goal-setting and achievement
- Growing and Changing: finding out about the human body, the changes that take place from birth to old age and being
Throughout the course of the year, the PHSE curriculum is enhanced through participation in: Road Safety training for Reception & KS1 pupils, Bikeabilty for Year 6 and Healthy Heads lessons for pupils in Year 1-6.
We also have Whole school awareness days/weeks see assembly calendar. We also have visitors in school like the NSPCC – Speak out Stay Safe programme, which helps children to understand that they always have a right to stay safe, and they can speak to a trusted adult or childline if they ever need help or support. Living Streets Charity who come into school to talk to the children about walking and staying healthy and we take part in the Walk to school week. We also have regular visitors in school in from different faiths and cultures.