Aims and Purpose
PSHCE -Statement of Intent
The aim of PSHCE is for our children to develop a healthy sense of identity and self-worth, and also to understand their responsibility and thrive as an individual and a member of the wider, multicultural community. We want our children to know how to keep themselves healthy, in terms of their relationships, whilst on-line and in the world around them; making informed and well-thought choices. We want them to learn how to manage their feelings and behaviours. We want our children to live a happy, responsible and well-balanced life.
At Sacred Heart our aim is that the love of Christ is evident in all that we do and say. Underpinning our teaching of PSHCE is our faith in and love for Christ. We will consider what the Bible says and how Christ would react to people and situations. We also develop children’s understanding of the British Values of Democracy, Individual Liberty, Respect and Tolerance and Rule of Law.
The PSHCE curriculum is explored through three core themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- 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, including 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
- To identify different influences on health and wellbeing.
- 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.
Living in the wider world – economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen)
- About respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
- About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately citizens
- About different groups and communities
- To respect diversity and equality and how 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
- The part that money plays in peoples’ lives
- A basic understanding of enterprise.
We explore these themes through well-planned lessons and units of work, explicit assemblies, theme days and extra-curricular activities. Our School Council also serves to develop our children’s understanding of democracy.
Our vision for our pupils is that they are:
- Confident in who they are
They value their uniqueness and celebrate the differences in others.
- Respectful towards others
Their moral compass directs them to resolve conflict with kindness, tolerance and respect. They are honest and show empathy to others.
They show ambition to succeed, they practise negotiating with others. They are aware that taking risks can lead to consequences as well as opportunities.
- Self-sustaining through the development of life-skills
They know how to make positive financial, health and hygiene choices. They are aware of and consider the impact of their lifestyle choices on others and the environment.
Their work ethic shows that they keep going until they are proud of their achievements. They work purposefully and are willing to put others ahead of themselves for the good of the team.
Our Mission Statement commits us to the education of the whole child (spiritual, physical, intellectual, moral, social, cultural, emotional) and we believe that RSE is an integral part of this education. Furthermore, our school aims state that we will endeavour to raise pupils’ self-esteem, help them to grow in knowledge and understanding, recognise the value of all persons and develop caring and sensitive attitudes. It is in this context that we commit ourselves: In partnership with parents, to provide children and young people with a “positive and prudent sexual education” which is compatible with their physical, cognitive, psychological, and spiritual maturity, and rooted in a Catholic vision of education and the human person.