At St Joseph’s, PSHE learning helps children develop their awareness, skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe and to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. We want PSHE learning to be relevant, responsive and engaging. Our intention is to open doors outwards and prepare our children for life in multi-cultural, modern Britain. We wish to promote positive, healthy habits for both physical and mental health to thrive. We want children to think, talk and make up their own minds as they explore topical issues. We want them to develop their confidence to share feelings, experiences and find their voice on issues affecting themselves, friends, family, community, country and globally. Our PSHE lessons are delivered through discrete lessons using the ‘You, Me and PSHE’ scheme and MindMate lessons. Active teaching strategies enable all children to come into their own as they have the chance to take on roles or to respond to scenarios. In addition, we understand that some personal and social learning is best addressed through work with small groups for example targeted emotional literacy or negotiating friendship dynamics. We also make room for individual work with children who are experiencing particular issues, such as loss, separation or bereavement.
Tracking Progress in PSHE:
Our tracking of progress in PSHE includes assessment tasks linked to topics and also takes account of as well as how children are applying their personal, emotional and social skills in day to day life. At the beginning of each half term’s topics we have a ‘cold’ assessment task which we then repeat at the end when the children’s knowledge and understanding has warmed up! This enables us to assess the children’s progress in understanding the topics covered. We also complete surveys with pupils such as their understanding of concepts such as democracy and we participate and respond to the My Health, My School Survey outcomes.
We are proud to have achieved Mindmate Friendly accreditation in 2019. We deliver Mindmate lessons across Key Stage 1 & 2 which is an emotional literacy curriculum designed to support class-based discussion and learning around mental health and wellbeing. The lessons are modern, engaging and fit well with our whole school approach. In our Mindmate PSHE lessons, we focus on both knowledge and skills and prioritise self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. These are the key life-skills which will prepare children to take an active, responsible role within their family, school and wider community.
Alongside our planned lessons, we add a ‘top-up’ layer, with themed weeks tailored to fit school priorities, such as our Anti-Bullying week, Living in Leeds week and Wellbeing week. We ensure that we enrich our PSHE curriculum with visitors, workshops, activities and whole school assemblies.