Children in Key Stages One and Two are taught a robust Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum on a rolling cycle with another subject (i.e. They study PSHE for half of the year). In EYFS, PSHE is embedded through the EYFS statutory framework areas of Personal, Social and Emotional development, and Understanding the World. Learning and development opportunities for these areas, as well as Communication and language, can be interwoven within the pupils’ experience through daily EYFS play-based activities, role-play areas, quality children’s fiction and reflective discussion to begin to build pupils’ knowledge and understanding, skills, attitudes and attributes related to PSHE elements of education.
At Kirkstall Valley, the curriculum is comprehensive yet flexible, enabling staff to meet the needs of specific cohorts and individuals as their lives develop. We follow the You, Me, PSHE scheme of work, which provides us with a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
PSHE is split into 7 strands: Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco, Keeping Safe and Managing Risk, Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing, Physical Health and Wellbeing, Careers, Financial Capability & Economic Wellbeing and Identity, Society and Equality. Within each strand, there are age-appropriate topics for each year group and two topics are taught per term.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is taught in Y2, Y4 and Y6. Our SRE programme helps pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives now and in the future. Throughout the unit, children learn about the biological differences between male and female (Y2), maintaining healthy relationships (Y2, Y4, Y6) and the physical changes associated with puberty (Y4, Y6).
As well as the PSHE curriculum, we also teach MindMate sessions across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. These sessions help to develop children’s social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and are taught once per half term.
Assessment in PSHE is an integral part of each PSHE topic. At the beginning of a new unit, pupils complete a pre-topic assessment activity and they complete a self-reflection sheet at the end of the unit. This enables pupils to demonstrate the progress made and it encourages self-evaluation and reflection on their learning.
For more information on our PSHE curriculum, please speak to Miss Laws.