PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is the foundation of learning in our school. It underpins the teaching of all subjects and is an integral part of the whole curriculum.
We are proud to have received the Healthy Schools Plus Award.
Learning about PSHE and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We educate the children to develop responsible attitudes and awareness of their personal safety so that they can grow into happy healthy adults. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They also learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. Where political issues are bought to the attention of our children, steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to them.
PSHE is taught in a variety of ways at Colerne through;
- explicit PSHE lessons
- the Wiltshire Learn 4 Life scheme
- Collective Worship
- Circle times (addressing specific issues as and when they arise),
- in other curriculum areas, and at playtimes and lunchtimes, where children are encouraged to work in groups and take turns .
The Wiltshire Learn 4 Life programme is divided into six topics which are taught each term. Each year the content of the topics changes to ensure progression and development of skills.
Our Happy School
– Children consider the rules within school and explore their learning behaviours
Out and About
- Children explore personal safety; this includes e-safety, road safety and Fire safety.
- Children discuss the concept of money and children explore different jobs people do. They also have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project.
My Friends and Family
- Focussing on relationships with friends and family. It further develops learning about sensitive issues such personal hygiene.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
- Exploring the management of some uncomfortable feelings. Children learn how to plan healthy meals as well as considering the effects and benefits of exercise.
Ready, Steady, Go
- Exploring various aspects of personal safety. Children identify people they can trust to help them and learn how and where to get help.
In conjunction with the Learn 4 Life scheme, our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is supplemented with the Channel 4 Living and Growing resource, which continues to develop children’s knowledge and skills as they learn about the physical and emotional changes of puberty and about reproduction. Sex education is not taught as a separate subject throughout most of the school. It is integrated into the work in Science, PSHE, RE and PE. Topics include:
- keeping safe
Parents are notified in advance of sensitive units; they are invited to view the material to be used and given the opportunity to ask questions.
Parents wishing to withdraw their child from all or part of sex education units may do so, except from that required as part of the National Curriculum.
We are always eager to receive help within school. In PSHE we would welcome parents who could talk to the children about any aspect of PSHE, for example, safety, economics, the workplace, councils, or charity work.
The children receive lots of extra opportunities in PSHE throughout their time at Colerne. To enrich the children’s learning we have regular visits from a variety of specialist agencies, including:
Fire Safety Education
- Fire Safety Officers
- Road Safety Officers
Part of the PSHE Scheme looks at personal safety and keeping safe; in conjunction with this the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service join us in school to work with the children to help develop their knowledge and understanding of fire safety and provide them with the survival skills that may be used in the event of a fire.
Each session will address issues such as:
‘Walk Safe’ – Road Safety Programme
- The dangers of playing with matches
- Smoke alarm ownership
- Fire escape plans and fire survival skills
- 999 emergency calls
‘Walk Safe’ child pedestrian training plays an important role in enabling the children to become safer pedestrians and also in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. ‘Walk Safe’ has been endorsed by the Department for Education and forms part of the Healthy Schools Award.
The Key Stage 1 programme involves a Road Safety Officer leading a classroom based discussion using visual aids and class participation to demonstrate the importance of the safety of children both in the car and whilst walking or playing outside. This is followed by a small group practical session using a pedestrian crossing and traffic light role play scenario.
In Year 3 the programme consists of two sessions. The first session is a classroom based discussion and DVD. Session two is lead by the Road Safety Officer working with small groups of children; this is a practical on-road training activity on the roads around the school site. All children will be accompanied by a member of staff from the school and will be required to wear fluorescent tabards provided by the school. Parental consent to take the children out for the walks is a mandatory requirement.
‘Are you Streetwise?’ is the Year 6 classroom based programme. This focuses on the types of journeys that may be made by Year 6 pupils, the move to secondary school and how they will travel there. It also aims to help the children become independent road users, taking responsibility for route planning.
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. Every child at our school is invited to undertake this training once they reach the age of 10. Training will usually take place in groups of 12 cyclists.
At level 1 children learn to control and master their bicycle. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic – usually in the playground. Children will gain basic cycle control skills including starting and pedalling, stopping, manoeuvring, signalling and using the gears.
At level 2 the children move out on to the roads. Level 2 gives the children a real cycling experience so that they are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school. Training for this level takes place in smaller groups of no more than 6 cyclists.