At St Gregory's, we are inclusive and recognise that everyone has their own unique God-given talents. Our curriculum is progressive and builds on prior knowledge, understanding and skills so that we develop our whole school community academically, spiritually, emotionally, morally and socially. This enables our children to become good citizens who give to society. We provide creative and engaging opportunities that inspire and motivate our children to become lifelong learners, who have aspirations to be the very best they can be.
In PSHCE we aim for all of our children to see themselves both as valued individuals and important members of communities e.g. our school, our parish, their family, the country and the world. We endeavour to promote a sense of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing across the school and share with children the importance of taking care of their own and others health and wellbeing whilst having a positive impact on God’s world around them.
PSHCE Statement of Implementation:
We use the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning PinK Curriculum objectives. We teach the PinK Curriculum through these vehicles:
As a Catholic school, PSHCE objectives are covered in a variety of ways such as through collective worship, assemblies, Catholic social teaching, Relationships and Health Education, RE and foundation subject lessons as well as discrete PSHCE and Mental Health teaching. Our PSHCE curriculum is based on the Facts4Life scheme of work and designed around key themes such as ‘Homeostasis’, ‘Healthy Me’ and ‘The Family’. Each has been structured and sequenced in order to engage pupils in purposeful learning by building on prior knowledge and helping connect knowledge, understanding and skills year-on-year (see PSHE teaching overview Appendix 1 below).
At the beginning of each term all classes complete at least one focused PSHE lesson. Objectives for these lessons are taken from the Facts4Life scheme of work and any work completed or evidence from the session is saved in a class ‘PSHE Learning Journey’ file. In addition, KS2 classes also complete a focused Mental Health lesson. Objectives for these lessons are taken from the Sometimes my Brain Hurts scheme of work. Through our Computing lessons, children are also taught how to keep themselves safe online. PSHCE teaching across the school is clearly outlined in our PSHE phase overview documents, an example of which can be found below.
PSHE is taught through a mastery approach which avoids mechanical repetition and creates an appropriate path for practicing the thinking process with increasing creativity and independence.
Typical lesson design:
Notebook planning is used to support most lessons e.g.
Mastery techniques are embedded across the curriculum to deepen childrens’ knowledge and understanding. In order to support children in becoming emotionally literate, discussion and oracy skills play a vital role in PSHCE lessons. Opportunities to build metacognition skills are also provided to enable children to retain and recall learning.
In order to enhance PSHCE provision and learning, a range of opportunities and initiatives are also offered. Some examples of these are:
• Cooking lessons at Waitrose for all year groups
• Bikeability for Year 6
• Balanceability for FS & KS1
• Mock Trial Competition for Year 6
• Visits to SkillsZone for Years 3 and 5
• First Aid Training for all year groups
• NSPCC assemblies and workshops
• Visits from PCSOs and the fire service
• Big Pedal and Walk to School initiatives for all