Learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
At St Mark’s Primary School, it is our intent that we incorporate PSHE (personal, social and health education) into our everyday school life; that is to say that a lot of our lessons cover many aspects of these key life skills implicitly.
Wellbeing and good mental health are of paramount importance and our pupils are encouraged to recognise, understand and monitor their own feelings as well as feel empowered to seek support should they need it. In addition to looking after their mental health, children are also taught to develop a positive growth mind-set through specific teaching in PSHE lessons and across the wider curriculum, where skills such as resilience, perseverance and independence are celebrated.
As a school, it is also imperative to support the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We believe that all stakeholders in our school uphold positive values, morals and beliefs which are in line with the core British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. A strong sense of community and the wider-world is central to our ethos and this equips children with the knowledge, skills and strategies to live healthy, happy, full, safe and responsible lives.
It is our intention that our PSHE education will help pupils prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they will face.
The curriculum for PSHE incorporates all aspects of SMSC, Citizenship, British Values, as well as the statutory content of the RSHE programme of study. At St Mark’s Primary School our vision aims to create a happy, purposeful and supportive environment where children are enabled to become successful learners, develop to their full potential and achieve the highest educational standards they can. We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community including, pupils, staff and families. We use a variety of resources to support our PSHE curriculum such as; PSHE Association, Dot Com and Christopher Winter Project.
We want our pupils to:
- develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to keep themselves healthy and safe (including online.)
- become responsible global citizens.
- build positive, healthy and respectful relationships with others.
- develop their mental and physical wellbeing.
- show tolerance towards others-their beliefs, religions and life choices and to respect their differences.
- be resilient and to make the most of their own abilities.
- develop self-confidence and be able to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions with others.
The promotion of our pupils’ personal development at St Mark’s Primary school is at the heart of everything that we do. It is a fundamental aspect of their education and underpins all other learning.
Monitoring and assessment is an on-going process for PSHE and wellbeing; teachers’ use their assessment for learning as necessary, as well as monitoring and evidencing children’s learning in exercise books.
- The class teacher’s ongoing formative assessments
- Book Scrutinies
- Lesson observations and feedback
- Pupil voice surveys
- Skills based formative assessments