PSHE - Personal, Social & Health Education
'Personal, social, health education lessons also provide excellent support for all pupils. One such lesson, covering cyber bullying, expertly engaged all pupils and helped them to deepen their understanding of this complicated issue.' Ofsted Report, June 2018
Personal, Social & Health Education is a fundamental, although unexamined, part of the curriculum. PSHE teaches self knowledge and understanding of others, which underpins all subsequent learning.
PSHE begins in Kindergarten. Children learn they are a valued part of a group. Individuality is encouraged & celebrated, whilst taking into account that of others. Here lies the foundations of acceptance and understanding, of ourselves and others. Children learn non judgement - of gender, ethnic group, religion, sexual preference, ability and appearance. Self love and kindness are celebrated daily. Healthy and safe behaviours are taught. Nutritious food is encouraged and the links between a healthy body and mind discussed. The children all learn to grow fruit and vegetables in the school garden.
The Primary Years
Continuing in the Primary classes, PSHE studies extends knowledge into the wider world. Children learn about their rights and personal safety - in the real world and online world. They learn about what helps and harms the world they live in. Children are taught to reflect on terrorist and extremist mentalities. Primary children begin practices in relaxation, mindfulness, meditation and gratitude. Children are introduced to alternative and complimentary therapies / medicines to supplement their scientific studies. Bodies are celebrated through studies of reproductive organs and the wonder of life.
The Secondary Years
In the Secondary classes PSHE continues to support the children's mental and physical development with lessons exploring healthy relationships, sexual diversity and sexual health. Children learn about consent and content in relationships, with an emphasis on self awareness and self care. PSHE studies in the secondary years also teach about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and awareness of peer pressures. Internet addiction and e safety are studied in depth. Mental health is studied and stigmas explored. Finally, careers guidance & support with college subject choices and applications are given as well as lessons in money management.
Personal, Social and Health Education studies at NFSS are designed to equip children with the self knowledge, social awareness and healthy behaviours which will continue to support their choices after school and throughout their lives.
PSHE Curriculum Outline
Here is a general outline of the topics explored at our school. Please note that this is principally a guide and is subject to change.