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PSHCE is developing the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead a confident, healthy, happy and independent life.


Our vision for PSHE at Southville Primary School is to create an umbrella that will encompass a range of themes to ensure that our pupils thrive within the ethos of the school.

We keep ourselves and others safe.

We make healthy choices to support our wellbeing and happiness.

We show compassion for the vulnerable.

We demonstrate our integrity by standing up for equality and challenging discrimination.

We ensure we stay safe whilst online.

We understand the responsibility of protecting the world around us.

We understand that our bodies and feelings change.

We develop healthy, respectful relationships and friendships.

We recognise the signs of unhealthy relationships.

We are ready for the challenges of employment when we’re older.

We are responsible citizens who understand the importance of Laws & Democracy.

We strive towards maintaining a growth mindset to help us be resilient, confident and aspirational learners who are always trying to improve.

We recognise the importance of looking after our emotional and mental health including the mental and physical benefits of an active lifestyle.

We feel comfortable to talk about our feelings, discuss difficult topics and seek support when we need to.

We leave Southville Primary School ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

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In PSHE we teach 6 units of works, one for each half term.  Each unit of work is taught across the school and Key Stages.

The units of work:

Being Me In My World: A sense of belonging; Welcoming others; Building the positive and nurturing ethos of the class/school; Being part of a school community, a wider community, a global community; Rights (UNCRC) and responsibilities; Working and socialising with others; School Council and pupil voice; The Learning Charter: rights, responsibilities, rewards and consequences.

Similarities and differences – diversity; Appearance, disability, racism, power, friendships, conflict; Accepting everyone’s right to ‘difference’, regardless of their circumstances or choices; What is ‘normal’?; Bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying.

Dreams and Goals: Hopes and dreams; Goals to success; Learning and personal strengths; Challenges – team work skills and tasks; Overcoming

Celebrating Difference: obstacles; Enterprise and fundraising; Experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; Aspirations – jobs and careers; Dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries; Dreams for the world. Resilience and growth mindset.

Healthy Me: Emotional health (Relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (Eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid).

Relationships: Families; Friendships; Love and Loss; Memories; Grief cycle; Pets and animals; Safeguarding and keeping safe; Attraction; Assertiveness; Conflict; Own strengths and self-esteem; Cyber safety and social networking; Roles and responsibilities in families; Stereotypes; Communities; Wider communities

Changing Me: Life cycles; How babies are made; My changing body; Puberty; How babies grow; Growing from young to old; Becoming a teenager; Assertiveness; Self-respect; Safeguarding; Family stereotypes; Self and body image; Attraction; Change; Accepting change; Looking ahead; Moving/transition to the next year of school.

Each unit builds on what has been taught previously allowing the children to grow as individuals and embed, strengthen and encourage their learning. 

Our PHSE lessons are always delivered in the same way and we use the Jigsaw program to support. 

Each lessons begins with the ‘Charter to ensure that everyone is ready and understands the expectations of the lesson.

This is followed by Connect Us’, which focuses on specific social skills and enables the children to get to know each other more and build their social skills.

Next is ‘Calm Me’ which is an easy introduction to techniques which help children relax their bodies and calm their minds, reaching an optimum state for learning. The aim is to bring children’s awareness/attention to the present moment and in so doing let go of other thoughts that might be scurrying around the mind which distract from focusing on the learning of this lesson.

Then 'Open my mind' is a short activity designed to help the children’s minds focus in on the essence of the learning coming up in the lesson. Based on sound psychology…the mind has a filter system which allows in only that which it deems significant…so filters out the rest.

After that Tell Me or Show Me is the teacher input part of the lesson. Usually new information or starting to teach a new skill.

Let me learn’  is the learning activities…the children now do the activity/game/drawing/role-play etc to internalize the learning, to make it their own…to accommodate it into their own frame of reference. This can be individual, paired or group work depending on the lesson plan.

At the end of every lesson, children are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt, how they feel about this, and to think about the progress they have made – perhaps in their attitudes and values, not just in their knowledge acquisition.  This part of the lesson is Help me reflect’.


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