PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH and CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
At Mill Lane we use the non-statutory guidance from the National Curriculum as a basis for our programme of study. Our main aim throughout our PSHCE curriculum is to give our pupils are good understanding of ways in which they can keep themselves safe. This is supported using lessons and materials from The Rights Respecting Schools and Values Based Education. Each year group has planned objectives for British Values, SRE and Citizenship. Additional SRE lessons are delivered by the school nurse in the summer term for Year 6. Economic education is giving a strong emphasis during ‘My Money’ week and also through enterprise initiatives throughout the year. We have a whole school approach whereby a key Article and Value is focussed on every half term. These change each year to ensure depth of learning. A quality lesson is taught each half term to promote the current Right and Value. This is supported through assemblies and regular circle time discussions.
Articles and Values
- Article 15: You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.
- Article 12: You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously
- Article 14: You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you.
- Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
- Article 19: You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
- Article 28: You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
- Article 6: You have the right to be alive and be well.
At Mill Lane we want to encourage children to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and community. Our children have the opportunity to contribute to school life by becoming class or whole school monitors, Language Ambassadors, Playground Friends, Librarians or School Council Members.
At Mill Lane we provide opportunities in lessons for children to experience the following:
- Understand beliefs and teachings
- Understand practices and lifestyles
- Understand how beliefs are conveyed
- Explore family routines and customs
- Develop understanding values
- Talk about similarities and differences between families, communities and traditions
- Visit different places of worship
- Participate in a variety of communities and social settings, cooperating well with others
- Use a range of different resources to support the entire curriculum to help pupils understand and welcome diversity:
- Read signs around the school in other languages (classrooms and communal areas)
- Work in all curriculum areas in different groupings
For more information, please go to long term plans.
Events and trips
KS2 had a UK Parliamentary Assembly where we found out all about what happens in Parliament and how new laws are created. Year 5 met our local MP Alex Cunningham and got to ask him lots of questions. We even got his autograph! Then we held our own debate about whether homework should be banned.
PSHcE Intent Statement
At Mill Lane Primary School we aim to create a happy, purposeful and supportive environment where children are enabled to become successful learners, develop their full potential and achieve the highest educational standards they can. Our vision reflects a passionate commitment to learning and recognition of the uniqueness of individual learners. It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents and the local community to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills that children need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives, both now and in the future.
The overarching aim for PSHcE education is to provide pupils with:
- Accurate and relevant knowledge.
- Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding.
- Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
- The skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHcE) is central to our ethos, supporting children in their development, and underpinning learning in the classroom, school, and in the wider community. Values are fundamental expressions of what we think and believe. As a school we encourage children to think about personal and social values, to become aware of, and involved in the life and concerns of their community and society, and so develop their capacity to be active and effective future citizens.
Our Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHcE) education equips children with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. A critical component of our PSHcE education is providing opportunities for children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. It contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and
to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
PSHcE education underpins the whole school curriculum at Mill Lane Primary School. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHcE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It is taught as planned sessions using British Values and the half termly Values selected by the children, through Keeping Safe Days and a developmental programme of learning through LORIC (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication) sessions through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. Half termly values are promoted across school and Values Rainbows are used in classes to recognise acts and promote the value. Weekly assemblies incorporate the half termly value and a special values assembly takes place at the end of each half term to celebrate those children who have reached the end of their rainbow. Children actively engage with the Values and they are promoted to encourage positive behaviour and relationships across school.
Mill Lane also provides a wealth of opportunity for extracurricular activities and educational visits to enrich the curriculum and provide opportunities children in our school would not otherwise experience.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance.
- Making relationships
Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children
- Self-confidence and self-awareness
Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.
- Managing feelings and behaviour
Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
At Mill Lane we strive to create a welcoming and accepting culture where each child is valued for their individuality and contribution. Our children will learn that we are all different but we are all equal.