At Bramley Oak, our PSHE education is a planned programme of learning though which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future as individuals. Our aim is for the pupils to develop an understanding of how their actions affect others, that people may behave differently and that they must demonstrate empathy for all, as well as the British Values of The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Respect and Tolerance. We want our pupils to be able to make healthy choices and take responsibility for their actions. This is embedded through our core values.
The PSHE curriculum is designed to increase our pupils’ self-confidence and aspirations by reflecting on the growth they have already made. By accessing PSHE they will be able to identify what makes them an individual, their strengths, skills, and abilities and how they can establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle and look after their physical and mental wellbeing. The new skills pupils learn will support them in developing their understating and empathy for others and self-regulation strategies within Bramley Oak and onto their next phase of education.
At Bramley oak we follow the SCARF progression produced by Coram Life Education. SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) is a scheme of learning consisting of modules which run through the year and every class follows the same topic at the same time. These topics consist include, Me and My Relationships, Keeping Safe, Rights and Respect, Being my Best, Growing and Changing.
At the beginning of every topic, pupils complete a pre assessment which they will repeat at the end of the half term. This demonstrates the progress in the depth of understanding throughout the block of learning. Pupils capture their learning journey in their PSHE books or Tapestry, although the majority of the learning is about the experience, discussion and reflection.
The lessons use a variety of approaches such as role play, discussion, debate, and games. Key vocabulary is introduced in every lesson and supported by knowledge organisers, also containing key questions to enhance progress in this subject area. PSHE activities are designed to facilitate opportunities to develop confidence and resilience as well as communication and collaboration skills. Although we teach PSHE as a discreet subject, every pupil’s social and emotional development is intrinsic to our everyday communications and interactions. Relationships and Health Education (RHE) is an integral part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) curriculum.
The impact of the curriculum can be demonstrated through pupils talking confidently about their learning experiences and values. Through carefully planned and resourced lessons, PSHE develops our pupils’ cultural capital by improving their knowledge, skills and attributes needed to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through PSHE, pupils at Bramley Oak learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in the society around them. Pupils will have the opportunities to create personal understanding while exploring and challenging a range of ideas.