We believe that education in PSHE and Citizenship enables children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our children 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. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in the school council and during Year 6 ‘campaigns and elections’. We teach children about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multi-cultural society. Indeed, the teaching of PSHE and citizenship helps in many ways to meet the objectives set out in The Children’s Act 2004 (‘Every Child Matters’) – that children ‘be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and achieve economic well-being’.
Our objectives in the teaching of PSHE and citizenship are for all of our children:
- to know and understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle;
- to be aware of safety issues;
- to understand what makes for good relationships with others;
- to have respect for others;
- to be thoughtful and responsible members of their community and their school;
- to become active members of our democratic society;
- to develop self-confidence and self-esteem;
- to make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
- to develop good relationships with other members of the community.
PSHE curriculum planning
We teach PSHE and Citizenship in a variety of ways. Sometimes, e.g. when dealing with issues in drugs education, we teach PSHE and citizenship as a discrete subject. Outside speakers are also invited to give specialist talks, including the Life Education Centre’s ‘Lifebus’. On other occasions, we introduce PSHE and citizenship topics through teaching in other subjects. For example, Year 6 learn about respect of different races and political events within their London topic and in groups they create political party campaigns to encourage parents to vote for their idea to improve the classroom environment. In Year 4, children discuss the values and beliefs of Nelson Mandela linked to their Africa topic. Also, as there is a large overlap between the programme of study for religious education and the aims of PSHE and citizenship, we deliver a considerable amount of the PSHE and citizenship curriculum through our religious education lessons.
We also develop PSHE and Citizenship through various activies and whole-school events, e.g. the Pupil Parliament representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss school matters and there is a whole school multi-cultural week where children take part in many fun and engaging activities and learn about customs, beliefs and customs in different cultures. We offer a residential visit for each year group to Stone Farm and PGL, where there is a particular focus on developing pupil’s self-esteem, and giving them opportunities to develop leadership skills and positive group work. The Year 6 children also take part in a Junior Citizen day at Woking Football club.