Our PSHE curriculum intent
At Laycock, we regard PSHE a paramount subject, so much so that we have made it a core subject along with English, Maths and Science. This choice has allowed and encouraged us to elevate it’s importance, knowledge and understanding; create a platform to increase discussion, debate and questions; and in the long run rejoice in the outcomes we see and hear from putting such a large focus on four essential parts of life: personal, social, health and economic focus. Ultimately, our aim is to teach our children the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships and lifestyles in our wider world, including SMSC and British values. Through our carefully thought out role models embedded within our curriculum and school ethos, we invite our children to challenge stereotypes, break barriers and explore all answers to unanswered questions. Our school values and links with the United Nation’s Global Goals are also embedded within our PSHE curriculum.
Our PSHE curriculum implementation
Our PSHE scheme of work has been designed specifically for our community and catchment; we have carefully prioritised units of work, added topics such as behaviour for learning which includes our work with ITPS (Islington Trauma Informed Services), and thought carefully about the timings of when what should be taught. Ultimately, our lessons have been hand-picked and created specifically for the children who attend Laycock. We have taken the following into consideration: The Equality Act, Islington Finger Tips and Public Health Profile summaries, our cohort of children (year by year), feedback from children- particularly girls in Year 6, and expertise from our Local Authority, the DfE and Government updates and guidelines regarding content. We have worked closely with Islington to help create the PSHE book list, which supports You, Me, PSHE- the Islington scheme of work.
Most of our PSHE lessons are taught through a children’s book or media clip. Our lessons happen weekly with the class teacher and can be seen around our school as each year group has a celebration wall displaying the books linked to their lessons, each class has a learning journeys evidencing class discussions and examples of learning can be found on our website and our Twitter Page by searching for #LayacockPSHE.
HRSE (health, relationships, sex education) will be taught from year 2 upwards in the Spring 1 term to ensure that all children get educated about their physical, emotional and mental development according to their age before they leave our school. All parents are invited into school prior to the teaching of this unit to see our resources and curriculum content.
Alongside and on top of our PSHE curriculum, we dedicate 30 minutes to pastoral time. This initiative puts the child first, invites opportunities to start the day on a positive footing and encourages morning attendance, a ‘can-do’ attitude and sense of belonging and safety. Ultimately, this dedicated time ensures that all children have an opportunity to start their school day calmly; get a personal greeting and acknowledgment from their teacher and peers; and prepares and relaxes the pre-frontal cortex of the brain ready for learning.