PSHE at Ladybarn
and at our other Trust schools
Our PSHE curriculum intent is to ensure that children are given age-appropriate knowledge and are supported in developing skills which allow them to make informed choices; leading to a healthy, safe and fulfilling lifestyle.
PSHE (personal, social, health education) is an extremely important part of a child’s learning and is taught over 6 main themes. The themes are drugs education, relationships and sex education, e-safety, race education, gender education and mental health. Above all children are encouraged to form their own views on issues raised in PSHE, feel free to express them in a safe, non-judgmental environment, to know how to keep themselves safe and how to treat others with respect.
We hope that through their learning children will feel free to challenge stereotypes and be the change that they feel may be needed in our school, the community and even countrywide.
What do our children say about PSHE?
PSHE is taught often using a circle as a method of delivery as it provides a structured, supportive and safe environment for the children to explore their thoughts, feelings and opinions. Children enjoy circle time as a way of getting to know each other, expressing and hearing thoughts and ideas.
Our school takes a restorative approach to helping children manage behaviour choices and conflicts and enables children to explore the language they may need to help express their feelings and needs in restorative conversations. Classroom displays in each class give children prompts and cues about feelings.
PSHE whilst taught as a discreet subject has many branches and links with other areas of the curriculum such as history and ICT.
We take part in a number of national initiatives such as Anti-Bullying week, children’s mental health week and safer internet day.
This year, the theme of Anti-Bullying week was 'Reach Out'. The children made hands and recorded anti-bullying messages about who to reach out to.
We teach the children that if it’s not kind – call it out!
Gender Equality Unit
In these sessions, children look at issues of stereotyping, how genders were treated differently in the past and expectations are different around the world. We want all children to grow and develop in an equal world where anything is possible. The curriculum looks at a range of issues about choices for all genders and we revisit the theme of challenging bias.
Year 5 designed a toy for a nursery child. This then led to an in depth discussion on whether toys should be gender specific.
Race Equality Unit
Race equality, like gender, builds on an ethos of celebrating all our children at Ladybarn. We learn that differences, for example in skin colour, race, religion or culture, are positives to feel proud of. By firmly embedding the children’s pride in themselves and their own identity, we later enable the children to stand up for themselves and others who might experience racism.
In year 1, children learn all about what makes them special and unique.
In year 4, children learn about prejudice, what that looks and feels like. We learn about the reasons why people might face prejudice and what to do if we see or hear it. Here, children are discussing representation in films and discussing whether or not they thought different statements might be examples of prejudice and why.
In a world dominated by online activity, this crucial area of PSHE helps the children to know how to stay safe. We teach the children to know who to go for help should problems arise and encourage them to speak out and get help with incidents such as cyberbullying. Children learn about keeping their personal information private and the risk from strangers on online platforms.
Relationships & Sex Education Unit (RSE)
RSE is a compulsory element of our curriculum, children are encouraged to explore their family relationships, friendships and a wider range of relationships that we all encounter. Children learn about healthy relationships and how to get help if they don’t feel right or go wrong. Children learn about how their bodies grow and change over time and how this can also affect our mood and feelings. They learn that this is all a healthy part of growing up. Parents are welcome to look at resources used in these lessons.
Well being unit - including Mental health
At Ladybarn the children learn that our mental health is as important as our physical health and how the two are related. By learning emotional language the children know how to express how they are feeling. They learn techniques on how to regulate feelings and about who to talk to if their mental health is suffering.
Drugs Education Unit
Our drugs education unit explores a wide range of issues: keeping safe at home around medicines and chemicals, to later on looking at the effects of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drug use. The children can also explore issues of peer pressure around this theme.
In sorting activities Year 2 sorted medicines and non medicines whereas Year 6 were able to sort the difference between legal and illegal drugs.