We recognise that the Curriculum reaches far wider than the learning that happens in formal lessons in each classroom. It includes everything that a child experiences in their time at our school and develops the very person they are becoming, with their talents, their needs and their aspirations for the future. Each experience provides a learning opportunity to develop and prepare our children for life in modern Britain as global citizens through the lens of Catholic life.
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 develop cultural capital and become righteous citizens who give to society. We provide creative and engaging opportunities that inspire and motivate our children to become lifelong learners and have aspirations to be the very best they can be.
In PSHE, 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.
To be able to make safe and informed decisions, children will need to build up the skills, knowledge and understanding of personal, social, health and economic education. They will need to understand and use the language of PSHE and apply their acquired knowledge across the curriculum, making connections both within PSHE and Mental Health lessons and across other subjects too.
Although PSHE in a non-statutory subject, we tailor the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning PinK curriculum and a diocesan approved Relationships and Sex Education scheme of work to equip children with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
The statutory guidance issued to school states that by the end of primary school children should know:
Internet safety and harms
Physical Health and Fitness
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Health and Prevention
Basic first aid
Changing Adolescent Body
Alongside curriculum coverage through Science, PE, DT and RE, we use the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning PinK Curriculum objectives and Facts4Life schemes of work as part of our PSHE provision to ensure that the Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing statutory guidance is covered in full. As a Catholic school, we use a diocesan approved Relationships and Sex Education scheme of work.
How we plan for progression in PSHE at St Gregory’s:
The St Gregory’s Curriculum is designed around year group themes. 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 both within PSHE and across other subjects too.
As a Catholic school, PSHE objectives are covered in a variety of ways such as through collective worship, liturgical prayer, assemblies, Catholic social teaching, Relationships, Sex and Health Education, RE and foundation subject lessons as well as discrete PSHE teaching. Whilst PSHE skills are developed across subjects and within school life (e.g. healthy eating and hygiene in Science, the importance of exercise in PE and self-regulation through restorative practice), each class completes at least one discrete PSHE lesson per term. These lessons also provide an opportunity to explore and build an understanding of Mental Health.
Our PSHE 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 them to connect knowledge, understanding and skills year-on-year. Opportunities for additional learning include SEAL group work, CAFAW interventions such as play therapy, SkillsZone trips, Bikeability and balanceability lessons, NSPCC workshops, a mock trial competition, visits from PCSOs, Big Walk and Wheel fortnight and financial education workshops.
PSHE Teaching Overview Example
Pink curriculum objectives have been audited to ensure full coverage across the age and subject range:
We recognise that foundations for PSHE are laid in the Early Years Foundation Stage through all seven strands of the Early Year Framework (especially understanding the world) and therefore PSHE teaching and learning opportunities begin from EYFS.
To ensure progression, the teaching team worked together to plan out curriculum coverage and then the subject leader identified the progression of skills and vocabulary required at each stage of learning to prepare children for the next stage in their learning.
PSHE curriculum coverage and progression of skills
PSHE teaching across the school is clearly outlined in our PSHE overview document to ensure a progression of skills. An example of which can be found below:
In order to enhance PSHCE provision and learning, a range of opportunities and initiatives are also offered. Some examples of these are:
See PSHE Subject Vision for more information.