Personal Social and Health Economic Education
At Hollickwood, we believe that high-quality PSHE lessons is important to help our children make informed decisions and develop into well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. Our PSHE curriculum is strongly tied to our RSE, relationships, health education and pastoral care programme.
Our P.S.H.E curriculum promotes resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamwork and critical thinking. It encourages pupils to learn and develop their sense of self and belonging through developing the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to managing life’s challenges and making the most of life’s opportunities.
At Hollickwood, we adhere to the DfE recommended PSHE Association Programme of Study alongside Barnet’s’ Health Education Partnership Ltd framework. It has been organised using Key Questions and Core Themes to develop children’s understanding of essential human experiences. We follow the Christopher Winter Project to deliver our Relationship and Sex Education and drugs, alcohol and tobacco elements of the programme. The study of PSHE is included at all Key Stages and has three core areas:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
Our Curriculum Intent, which takes into account the school, local, national and global needs, is embedded throughout our P.S.H.E curriculum.
Experiences and Opportunities
Through enriching learning opportunities, we aim to provide children with tangible, relevant and memorable experiences that support in acquiring and developing knowledge and understanding of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World.
The school uses visiting speakers, such as health workers and the police, to broaden the curriculum and share their real-life experiences. The school consults with the local community on matters related to PSHE to ensure that local issues are covered in lessons.
All pupils will have equal access to the P.S.H.E curriculum and a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of P.S.H.E. Learning ability, physical ability, linguistic ability, gender, ethnicity and/or cultural circumstances will not impede pupils from accessing PSHE lessons. We aim to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It is important that children feel a connection with PSHE to have a true understanding of themselves, their society, their nation and the world, therefore we aim to embed equality and diversity in our curriculum by studying a range of representatives.
Hollickwood is committed to teaching our children to respect, accept and celebrate the diversity and difference that exists in our society. Our ethos, culture and curriculum reflects these communities and is proactive in promoting belonging and community accountability.
Our enquiry based curriculum enables children to develop an informed set of knowledge and skills across a range of areas, vital to a successful and happy life. It supports children to think critically about P.S.H.E and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences. These skills prepare children for a future of cognitive functioning. We aim for our children to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate key themes by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry whilst being able to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using reliable and relevant evidence.
Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a cross-curricular approach. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to analyse, interpret and evaluate the elements of PSHE, building an understanding of one’s self as well as that of others and the wider world.
A language-rich curriculum is vital if we are to open doors and bridge the gaps for our children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and spoken skills using explicit teaching of P.S.H.E vocabulary.
Mental Health and Well-being
P.S.H.E includes looking into the emotive aspects of humanity. This lends itself to a wealth of opportunities to develop children’s personal, social and emotional learning. We are committed to supporting well-being for all and encouraging children to develop their sense of identity and belonging in an ever-moving and ever-changing society, whilst enabling them to combat prejudice and discrimination. We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so they can flourish individually within their own communities, and as citizens in a multifaceted society and the global community