At St Paul's we have strong links with the Church and local community. Our PSHE curriculum reflects the ethos of the school as a Christian community. PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It also helps pupils to become informed, active and responsible members of the community. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing, we help to develop their sense of self-worth.
PSHE is taught through a range of teaching methods, including discussion, role play, debate, circle time, games, problem-solving, investigations and recorded activities. All of which are used to develop interactive learning.
We also develop PSHE in assemblies, and through whole school events:
- We have weekly celebration assemblies and House assemblies and our Houses and House Captains have particular responsibilities that encourage specific aspects of PSHE.
- The School Council, ECO Committee and Health Committee are also an important part of developing citizenship for our pupils.
- Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in a residential school visit that is an important part of their PSHE education.
- Pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship such as charity fundraising, local community events (with the church, local schools etc.), planning of special school events (such as an assembly, open evening), or involvement in helping other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves. KS2 children particularly also organise ‘enterprise’ tasks.
- We ensure we are included in various workshops, trips and experiences that allow children to develop their self-confidence.
- We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police and local clergy, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.