We believe that our school’s PSHE provision supports the school’s aims of developing confident citizens and successful learners who are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems. The social and emotional development of pupils is embedded throughout the entire school’s curriculum and culture. The school has a powerful combination of a planned thematic PSHE program, built around a spiral curriculum of recurring themes, designed to:
- Give pupils the knowledge and develop the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions;
- Encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness;
- Enable pupils to make sense of their own personal and social experiences;
- Promote responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle;
- Enable effective interpersonal relationships and develop a caring attitude towards others;
- Encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment;
- Help our pupils understand and manage their feelings, build resilience and be independent, curious problem solvers;
- Understand how society works and the laws, rights and responsibilities involved.
At Galleywood Infant School we use SCARF, a comprehensive scheme of work for PSHE and Wellbeing education. An overview of SCARF can be found below. It covers all of the DfE's new statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education, including non-statutory Sex Education, and the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study’s recommended learning opportunities, as well as contributing to different subject areas in the National Curriculum. We follow the six suggested half-termly units, adapting the scheme of work where necessary to fit well with our planned whole school learning themes and to meet the local circumstances of our school, for example, we use our local environment as the starting point for aspects of our work. Class teachers follow the suggested six half-termly units provided by SCARF for each year. Lessons can be a weekly standalone PSHE lesson or be cross curricular. We have chosen SCARF as our PSHE resource because the lessons build upon children’s prior learning; we have reviewed the content and feel that it is relevant and sensitive to the needs of our children. There is planned progression across the SCARF scheme of work, so that children are increasingly and appropriately challenged as they move up through the school.