At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we follow the You, Me and PSHE scheme. We use this alongside responding to the needs of our children as well as any events that may arise. This ensures that our approach to PSHE is personal and tailored to the needs of our children.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important subject to teach, it is vital if our children are to learn how to keep safe and happy in an ever-changing world. PSHE lessons equip pupils with knowledge, understanding and skills to help them to explore and develop attitudes and values.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is also reflected through the child’s whole school experience, such as assemblies, residential and other school visits.
You, me and PSHE is a clear and progressive scheme of work, which builds children’s personal, social and life skills, as they move through school. Children learn about how to identify and deal with their emotions and feelings, explore health-related issues, understand themselves, relationships with others and their place in the world, learn about managing finances as well as the world of work and planning for the future. It supports children to lead healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives and most importantly to feel good about themselves.
You, me and PSHE enables each class teacher to adapt their PSHE teaching to fit alongside other curriculum subjects: for example, Keeping Safe and Managing Risks theme, fits alongside our ICT lessons on internet safety.
PSHE is divided into 7 different strands, with age appropriate topics for each age group. One topic per half term is taught to each year group.
- Relationships and Sex Education
- Drug, alcohol and Tobacco Education
- Physical health and well-being
- Mental Health and emotional well-being
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Careers, financial capability and economic well-being
- Identity, society and equality
Important features of PSHE lessons are that they are interactive, thought provoking and relevant. In each class, we start by establishing ground rules, to ensure that everyone feels respected, happy and safe in making an active contribution. We use a range of teaching strategies to bring sometimes sensitive subjects to life such as freeze framing, hot seating, sentence starters and group discussions.