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Curriculum Intent (Vision)

The School Vision and Ethos for PSHE

With the ethos of our school rooted in the United Nations Convention of the Right of the Child (UNCRC), we are passionate about teaching PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education). Through the teaching and delivery of PSHE we aim to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. We recognise that PSHE prepares pupils for both their futures and their present day-to-day lives and aim to ensure that children grow up to be responsible citizens, who have a sense of belonging, feel that they are valued and make a meaningful contribution to both their immediate community and the wider world.  In addition to this, we teach children both about their rights, as stated in the UNCRC, and also their responsibilities, to help to ensure that the rights of others are met. 

Implementation of the curriculum

At Manor Field Junior we have adopted a whole-school approach to the teaching and delivery of PSHE through SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship). Through this, we are able to meet the new Relationships Education and Health Education statutory requirements.

PSHE is taught weekly by class teachers and over the course of a year children will engage in key identified topic areas. These are revisited and built upon as children move through the school. As they revisit each topic, the aim is to deepen their understanding and ensure that challenge of key concepts is increased. The topics include:

  • Me and my relationships
  • Valuing difference
  • Keeping safe
  • Rights and Respect
  • Being my Best
  • Growing and Changing.

A more detailed overview of what each topic includes for each year group can be found in the PSHE overview (see below).

Impact of our curriculum

The desired impact of our PSHE curriculum is when children leave our school, they have a sense of belonging and are confident in how to be responsible citizens. They have a good understanding in making the right choices, how to keep themselves safe in a variety of different contexts and how to ask for help if needed.

Teachers use class discussions and class activities to assess children half termly against a set of ‘Can I’ statements that summarise learning against a specified unit’s key learning aims. This enables class teachers to provide additional support and if needed, another opportunity to revisit an area of learning.

 PSHE Curriculum Overview

How you can support your child at home

Click here and find out how the SCARF values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship can help your child to be their best - both at school and at home.

Being able to support your child with their personal development and/or mental health is important. Click here to find out how to build positive relationships and help your child be a confident learner. 

A key part of the curriculum is Relationships, Health and Sex Education. Click here to read our policy about this.

Here is a suggested book list to support parents/carers in talking with their children about sex and relationships, and related topics.