When planning and teaching at St. Michael's CE Junior School, we believe that PSHE is an integral part of the curriculum as the skills learnt will equip the children for their futures and help them to become active members of society. Based on the National Curriculum and our school vision, we aim to provide an environment according to our Christian ethos, which will enable each child to grow in understanding so as to reach their full potential, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically, socially and with independence. Through their understanding of PSHE, children will be able to succeed with creativity and challenge, in many different areas of the curriculum and throughout life as the learned skills are transferrable.
By the end of their time at St. Michael's, children should:
- Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
- Be aware of safety issues and concerns
- Identify personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements
- Understand what makes for good relationships
- Have respect and curiosity for others’ beliefs and opinions
- Understand and maintain boundaries
- Be independent and responsible members of the school community
- Be positive and active members of a democratic society
- Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- Develop good relationship with other members of the school and the wider community of Maidstone
- Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities, experiences and challenges of adult life
- Raise pupils’ confidence and self-esteem
At St. Michael's CE Junior School, every class follows the HeartSmart scheme of work and through this curriculum, we cover the National Curriculum guidance for PSHE whilst also remaining consistent with the views and guidance of the Church of England and more specifically the Diocese of Canterbury.
Also, in addition to this, PSHE is also covered within other subject areas and as part of a curriculum that encourages creativity and curiosity through class topics.
PSHE is also to be addressed on a daily basis as questions and incidents arise. At times, teachers may choose to hold a circle-time session in response to a particular event or issue.
Whole school, key stage and worship will provide extra opportunities to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, promoting our school’s values and celebrating achievement.
Following the implementation of the broad and balanced PSHE curriculum at St. Michael's CE Junior School, children will be respectful, independent, responsible and confident members of society within Maidstone and the wider world. They will be challenged by activities designed to equip with tools to maintain healthy and positive lifestyles with regard to relationships, diet and their own personal identity. As they become more confident throughout the areas of PSHE and progress in the related skills, children will understand their personal role in society. The most significant impact that we want for our pupils is the development of respect for themselves and others.