"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions." Dalai Lama
At St Agnes Academy, we believe firmly in the importance of a coherent and well-delivered PSHE curriculum and its positive impact on our children's knowledge, skills and attributes needed to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.
Our main aims for our children are that they:
- Can understand and regulate their feelings
- Have good physical and mental health
- Are able to make and maintain positive relationships
- Be able to identify and manage risk
- Develop personal attributes of respect, tolerance, perseverance, kindness, responsibility and courage
We want our children to be able to confidently navigate through changes such as puberty and to feel well-prepared for each new phase of their lives.
We believe that creating an open culture where issues are raised and discussed, ensures our children are aware of both the opportunities and dangers in life so that they are able to make informed and healthy decisions.
To ensure our aims are met we use the PSHE Association Programme Builder to deliver our curriculum. The programme focuses on 3 Core Themes.
Core theme 1: Relationships
In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:
- How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts.
- How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships.
- How to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse.
- How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help.
- How to respect equality and diversity in relationships.
Core theme 2: Living in the Wider World
In Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils are taught:
- About respect for the self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions.
- About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens.
- About different groups and communities.
- To respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community.
- About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
- About where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively.
- How money plays an important part in people’s lives
- A basic understanding of enterprise.
Core theme 3: Health and Wellbeing
In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:
- What is meant by a healthy lifestyle.
- How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
- How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
- Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe.
- About managing change, such as puberty, transition and loss.
- How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this.
- How to respond in an emergency.
- How to identify different influences on health and wellbeing.
In addition to the PSHE Association scheme of work, we also use the Christopher Winter Project to deliver our Relationships and Sex Education programme and the PSHE Association Drugs and Alcohol scheme of work to support our delivery of some of the Health and Wellbeing objectives. We deliver the Christopher Winter RSE programme and the Drugs and Alcohol programme over 2 discrete teaching weeks as a whole school partly to ensure coverage but also to allow us time to communicate with parents and to be able to identify and address whole school issues.
To supplement our teaching further we draw on Words and Your Heart to deliver some of the objectives from the Relationships theme. Words and Your Hear focuses on emotional literacy and supports our children to be able to clearly express their emotions and understand the positive and negative effects of our words.
Our school values of Courage, Joy, Kindness, Responsibility and Perseverance underpin all that we do. We focus on one value every half term alongside a British value and School Rule so that the children really understand the importance of each and how they can be displayed in their own behaviour.
At St Agnes Academy, we have 3 measures of curriculum impact, all of which are essential in ensuring that our children make excellent progress, are ready for the next phase in their learning journey and are well-rounded, thoughtful and responsible individuals. Our 3 measures are:
- What we learn
- Who we are
- How we behave
Our children will have the skills, knowledge and vocabulary necessary to face each next step of their lives with confidence and personal responsibility. Through discussion and observation, we are able to identify where children may need support or challenge so that they are able to keep up in-line with their peers.
Our curriculum and everyday practice has a huge impact on our children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. They are able to discuss and debate big questions and show respect and tolerance of different opinions and ideas. Through our foundation curriculum our children learn to understand and appreciate their Cornish heritage and the heritage of others and are consciously exposed to different cultures and faiths. Our children also understand their role within the local, national and global context and their role and responsibility in protecting and cherishing the Earth.
Through our robust PSHE curriculum, our children will be able to think critically, work collaboratively and be have the attributes and knowledge of self necessary to regulate their own behaviours. This has a positive impact on both the academic and non-academic outcomes for our children.
Our curriculum leaders for PSHE are Jess Eddiford and Emma Lawton
School Council is led by Jess Eddiford
Below are links to our:
Whole school overview for PSHE
Progression of skills for Core Theme 1 Relationships
Progression of skills for Core Theme 2 Living in the Wider World
Progression of skills for Core Theme 3 Health and Wellbeing
Whole School overview of School Values and British Values
Relationships and Sex Education Policy 2020 (awaiting governor approval)