Personal, Social & Health Education

Vision Statement for PSHE

PSHE underpins life at St Thomas’ and we aim to create a happy, safe, caring and supportive environment where children are enabled to become successful learners, develop their full potential and achieve the highest educational standards they can.  We believe that nurturing content and healthy children is central to all aspects of their learning and development.  Our vision statement reflects a commitment to learning and recognition of the uniqueness of individual learners.  It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents, the Church and the local community.

"PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain."
PSHE Association

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.  We aim to provide our children with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons using our carefully planned Jigsaw curriculum, which shows progression throughout each year group, circle time giving our children the opportunity to express their views and listen to others, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. It allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.   At St Thomas’ our PSHE curriculum also underpins and supports many of the principles of safeguarding and British Values.

Personal, Social, Health Education is an important part of our curriculum; it helps children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through PSHE pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible adults who can make responsible and moral choices. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our environment, humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

The personal and social development of pupils underpins our curriculum. Through a carefully planned programme, supported by all who work in or with the school, we want children to leave St Thomas’ CE Primary School ready for the transition into secondary school and adult life.  Our framework for PSHE is embedded in six puzzle pieces — Being in my World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.  As well as including the statutory aspects of the Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education guidance.

In PSHE, we aim to follow our school’s curriculum vision in order to 
Be Curious, Be Knowledgeable, Be Creative, Be Compassionate,
Be Reflective, Be Courageous.  

 Growing together through faith in Jesus Christ, ‘Let all you do be done in love.’

(1 Corinthians 16)


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