Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
The role of PSHCE in our curriculum is to give children strong foundations in being socially aware through understanding and discussing different cultures, societies and the emotions that these can generate. We want them to be life-long learners, so we equip them with the ability to be motivated, organised and confident as well as curious. We also encourage them to understand the importance of their own wellbeing, as well as supporting them to effectively navigate the digital landscape and to flourish in the world of the future.
PSHCE is timetabled as a weekly session for 30 minutes from Year 1 to Year 6. Sutton Courtenay follows the Primary Edge scheme through PIXL which focuses on Character Development, Wellbeing, E-safety and A Mind to be Kind. It is called QuickStart - https://auth.pixl.org.uk/primary#!/Resources//Character
QuickStart provides a framework for delivering the many and various resources linked to the Primary Edge. Teachers follow their Roadmap:
QuickStart Roadmaps outlines a typical journey through primary school. The first page offers an overview of the whole process from Year 1 to Year 6, acknowledging the different challenges and milestones that pupils encounter along the way. The subsequent pages break it down for each academic year and indicate where different elements of the Primary Edge package are introduced.
Explaining the Roadmap provides more detail about the issues faced by each year group. It then gives a term-by-term breakdown, specifying which sessions could be taught when, whether they are about Character, Wellbeing, E-Safety or A Mind to be Kind.
Teachers follow the relevant roadmap for the year group they are teaching. The scheme builds the LORIC (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication) character attributes and are not just taught as discrete lessons but woven into activities across the whole curriculum. That way, pupils will be able to appreciate how character development plays a meaningful role in enhancing everything they do.
Alongside this the reference to the Zones of Regulation (a scheme to help children recognise and manage their own and their peer’s emotions) is made throughout the day and children are given the opportunity to show their Zones at different points in the day. This is agreed with the class teacher at the beginning of the year through a series of lessons about the Zones and is then established as part of the class daily routines. It is recommended in KS2 that children are given the opportunity to reflect on their Zones up to three times a day. In KS1 children are given the opportunity at the beginning of the day as well as in the afternoon to reflect on their zone.
Teachers assess children on levels of engagement, ability to talk about the subject areas covered and the ability to make reference to their learning in how they communicate and interact with peers and adults.
We can also see impact in their contributions to school life and to the wider life of the community.