PSHE at Westwood Farm
PSHE Leads: Mrs. Dutton and Mrs. Smart
At Westwood Farm, children’s well-being, happiness and safety are our first priority, and PSHE is the key vehicle through which we share this with children. We regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos, building from Personal, Social and Emotional Development in EYFS, through PSHE, including SMSC and Relationships and Sex Education in KS1 and KS2.
Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education programme helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth.
We use the Cornerstones’ Education ‘Yoimoji’ scheme which is made up of 58 colourful characters, each representing a value which, are designed to build the children’s understanding of the Fundamental British Values (FBV); we teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We teach the children about rights, respect and responsibilities and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
Although PSHE is taught in part through discreet lessons, elements permeate all aspects of school life. Assemblies, visitors, special events and themed weeks, such as Friendship Week, Healthy Week, Internet Safety and Deaf Awareness all contribute to the children’s learning.
As part of our Behaviour Policy, we teach all the children about the ‘Westwood Way’ and we try to ensure this is woven into our work on PSHE.
The Westwood Way;
Do be gentle – Do not hurt anybody
Do be kind and helpful – Do not hurt people’s feelings
Do work hard – Do not waste your own or other people’s time
Do look after property – Do not waste or damage things
Do listen to people – Do not interrupt
Do be honest – Do not cover up the truth