Harlands Primary School

PSHE (including sex and relationship education)

Principles for PSHE Learning at Harlands

At Harlands Primary school, we believe that teaching personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is integral to providing a broad and balanced curriculum 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.

Aims and Outcomes for PSHE

We aim to support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable children to:

  • have a sense of purpose
  • value self and others
  • form relationships
  • make and act on informed decisions
  • communicate effectively
  • work with others
  • respond to challenge
  • be an active partner in their own learning
  • be active citizens within the local community
  • explore issues related to living in a democratic society 
  • become healthy and fulfilled individuals

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.

Organisation of Learning

PSHE permeates our whole school curriculum through planned lessons, SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) themes, regular circle times and cross-curricular links.  Metacognitive activities will run throughout and alongside these lessons to develop and enhance collaborative group work across the curriculum.  Our woodland activities programme supports small groups of children, who may have been identified as needing additional experience working with others.

Skills Development and Assessment

We use a range of teaching and learning styles that are appropriate for each class and individual and we place an emphasis on multisensory learning.  We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. school and charity fundraising, sharing assemblies, class performances and the involvement in activities to help others less fortunate than themselves.  We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police and parents/carers, whom we invite into school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.

Our School Council meet weekly to discuss relevant issues from their classes and this feedback is delivered in whole school assemblies and back to their peers in class.  The Peer Mediators receive training from pupils at a local secondary school.  We also develop PSHE through off-site activities and trips.  In particular, our residential visit in Year 6 has a specific focus on enhancing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership, co-operative and problem-solving skills and to encounter new experiences away from home and school.

Mindfulness activities are key to the PSHE lessons.  The children reflect upon their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling issues that are part of growing up.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

These are the underpinning qualities and skills that help us to manage life and learning effectively.

 The five social and emotional aspects of learning are –

  • self-awareness
  • managing feelings
  • motivation
  • empathy
  • social skills

Class teachers assess children’s progress in PSHE through observations, questioning and work scrutiny (where relevant), which is measured against the specific learning objectives.

Useful Resources

Jigsaw - a mindfulness approach to PSHE with an emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.  Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world - https://www.jigsawpshe.com/

Please click here to access the full PSHE Policy.