At Farnham Common Village Schools we believe that the personal, social and health development of each child has a significant role in their ability to learn. Through our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community. We believe PSHE enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
We follow the National Curriculum for PSHE, which has been updated for September 2020. Our long term progression document has been written by the staff collaboratively and ensures knowledge and skill progression throughout EYFS-KS2.
PSHE is taught under three broad themes: Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Relationships.
In the EYFS, the Personal, Social and Emotional curriculum is taught by making connections throughout the curriculum and is strongly linked to play. There are planned activities that are part of topics, as well as individual tasks and activities to develop personal skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting. The children are given the opportunity to engage in social activities, as members of a small group or through whole school activities.
KS1 and KS2 - The PSHE curriculum often shows links to our school values and is linked to a PSHE whole school assembly each week. In class, PSHE is timetabled, with the whole school dedicating an hour to the subject each week.
Relationships and Sex Education is also taught throughout the key stages during the PSHE hour throughout the year (please see separate RSE policy and scheme of work on website). We follow the PSHE Association's recommended resource: 'The Christopher Winter Project' for our RSE teaching and resources.
Teachers will use a range of resources in their lessons, including The Friends for Life programme, the Art of Brilliance Programme and techniques such as discussion and circle time.