At Mudeford Junior School, our curriculum intention for PSHE and well-being is that children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.
We deliver regular PSHE sessions as well as dedicated local and global weeks, which has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils because they are equipped to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities. Our local area is not particularly diverse in terms of its culture, language, religion and values so we plan to ensure that children get to know and understand our local area but also recognise the diversity that does exist. For example, children in year 4 learn about diversity in our family dynamics and then consider the impact of refugees coming not only to our area but also into the country. Our Global Week allows children to explore issues such as injustice and land rights in Aboriginal Australia, slavery and injustice in parts of Ghana and deforestation in Brazil.
Our PSHE curriculum meets all the statutory Health and Relationship outcomes but these sit within a comprehensive, tailored programme of PSHE, developed through Coram Life Education’s SCARF framework. PSHE at Mudeford Junior School develops skills and attributes such as resilience, mental health and well-being, self-esteem, team working and critical thinking in the context of the local, national and global community. In addition, we build on the children’s knowledge and understanding of being a Rights Respecting School through carefully planned lessons at the start of each term and we also teach the children to recognise bullying and the role they play in ensuring everyone is safe. Although units of work build on children’s prior learning and experiences, the PSHE curriculum offers some flexibility and can be needs led, allowing teachers to draw on resources and specific areas of learning for particular cohorts and groups of children. Each year group’s overview links and complements other learning experiences across the curriculum to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of today’s children.
Our children become responsible citizens of the future, know how to contribute positively to their community and know they have a voice, which they can use to bring about positive change. They are empowered through their knowledge and understanding to live responsible, sustainable lives; considering theirs and other’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.