Manor Leas Junior Academy
PSHE at Manor Leas Junior Academy
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is a subject at the heart of our school and curriculum. We teach PSHE in a variety of ways. It is taught to every class each week as discrete lessons, but also permeates through many other lessons and activities we do. This includes assemblies, the school council, educational visits, fund raising events and involvement in community activities.
Our PSHE scheme of work covers three broad areas:
· Health and Well-Being
· Living in the Wider World
This includes: personal safety, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle choices, hygiene, rights and responsibilities at home, school and in the community, friendships, bullying and financial education. All of these areas help our pupils develop knowledge, understanding and skills, so they can manage their lives now and in the future in this ever-changing world, supporting their spiritual, moral, mental and physical development.
The staff and governors support the school’s policy to deliver the programme of work for Sex and Relationships Education (RSE). At Manor Leas Junior Academy this is called RSE, with the emphasis on Relationships. The focus in Years 3 and 4 is how to develop positive relationships with yourself, friends and wider circles of people. In Years 5 and 6 this is built upon with lessons on growing up and puberty, with links to life cycles in the science curriculum.
Teacher planning is supported by the use of the 1decision and Young Citizens schemes of learning.
1Decision allows the children to explore a subject even further such as Staying Safe, Relationships and Feelings and Emotions. A video will present a dilemma to the children, and together they will have to decide which option they think is best. They then have the opportunity to watch how their decisions creates consequences, either positively or negatively and then watch what would have happened if they had chosen the other option.
Here is a link if you want to have a look around the website.
Young Citizens is another scheme that we use to support our planning and teaching in PSHE. The scheme is designed to enable young citizens to participate actively in society. There a lots of different creative activities that we use to discuss and explore serious topics
Here is a link to have a look around their website.
Before we start our PSHE session on a Friday afternoon, we make a conscious effort to have circle time. Here, we ask the children two questions to start a class discussion. The questions usually link nicely to the topic we are covering in PSHE, and is a lovely way to get the children chatting about their own experiences and expressing their opinions and thoughts.
How are the children finding PSHE?
"I really look forward to a Friday afternoon, I enjoy being able to talk to my friends about things we don't usually."
"My favourite part of PSHE is the Circle Time we do at the start. I really enjoy playing the games as a class and laughing a lot."
"I really like watching the videos on 1Decision and having to decide which is the best option. It has really made us realise how important some of the decisions we make are."