By teaching Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, it is our aim that children at Hunnyhill will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.
PSHE lessons form part of a whole-school approach, which explores the overarching concepts and develops essential skills and attributes. It provides opportunities for the children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes.
Hunnyhill’s commitment to the personal development of our pupils is reflected in the school’s key values:
resilience and determination
collaboration and teamwork
The PSHE curriculum has three main themes: health and wellbeing; living in the wider world and relationships. It is delivered in conjunction with SMSC and the RE curriculum, with themes linked where appropriate. These themes also form the basis for school assemblies.
Themes covered include:
1. Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online)
2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online)
3. A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices)
4. Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world
5. Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)
6. Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
7. Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
8. Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
9. Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)
PSHE is implicit across all areas of the school but is also taught in weekly lessons according to the curriculum map. Teachers find creative approaches to deliver the content, often providing links to other areas of the curriculum.
It is hoped that the personal development of children at Hunnyhill, through the teaching of PSHE, should ensure that they develop the habits of successful learners for life, become confident individuals and are prepared to be responsible citizens.