At Crab Lane Primary School, we aim to develop successful learners who have the qualities and attributes they need to manage their lives, fulfil their academic potential and to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE becomes statutory from September 2020 and our curriculum develops knowledge and skills which enable our children to access the wider curriculum and positively fulfil their roles within society.
We follow the You, Me, PSHE scheme and this curriculum focuses on seven Big Ideas. These are:
- Physical health and wellbeing
Physical health and mental wellbeing are interlinked in our curriculum. It is important that pupils understand that good physical health contributes to good mental wellbeing and vice versa. Pupils are taught about the benefits and importance of daily exercise, good nutrition and sufficient sleep.
We are committed to being a ‘Healthy School’. There is an emphasis on children bringing healthy packed lunches and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle is embedded through the promotion of PE through lessons, a variety of afterschool and lunchtime sports clubs and the use of our running track.
- Keeping safe and managing risk
Within this area of the curriculum, children learn how to keep safe at home and in the local environment, evaluate and manage risks, understand acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and develop strategies to tackle bullying. It also explores online safety.
- Identity, society and equality
Initially, the children explore their own identity and consider qualities, roles, responsibilities and the importance of cooperation. This links to our curriculum driver of improving communication. Children will also explore differences in society and discuss tolerance and acceptance of diversity, including the LGBT+ community. Children are also introduced to democracy and learn about Britain as a democratic society and the laws we follow.
- Drugs and alcohol education
Our curriculum educated children about different drugs including medicines and enables children to assess risks around drug education and understand that actions have consequences. Our curriculum will lay the essential foundations for the teaching of more explicit drug education in secondary schools.
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
We know that the emotional well-being of children is just as important as their physical health. Positive mental health allows our children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them. We aim to promote pupils’ wellbeing by developing healthy coping strategies, by developing pupils’ understanding of their own and others’ emotions and by providing an opportunity to talk openly about these issues (which helps to break down associated stigma). Additionally, our PSHE lessons will provide pupils with strategies to access the support they need, as well as helping pupils to recognise and support friends who are facing challenges.
- Careers, financial capabilities and economic education
It is important to recognise the value of economic wellbeing for young people’s lives, both now and in the future. Career-related learning is a curriculum driver for us and our PSHE curriculum supports this by enabling children to learn about money, enterprise and about how their choices can affect their future, hopefully broadening their horizons. We aim to educate children about the options they have so they can develop their own ambitions for their futures.
- Sex and relationships education
This is taught discretely through our `Growing and Changing` curriculum. Two experienced members of staff teach Growing and Changing across every year group, which allows them to have a detailed understanding of how the content progresses. We have also introduced mental health and wellbeing sessions into the Growing and Changing units to adapt to the needs of the children in our school, giving them another opportunity to discuss mental health and understand its importance.
These Big Ideas strongly link to the Manchester Healthy Schools priorities. We work closely with Manchester Healthy Schools and complete the Health Check every year. We collaborate with a Healthy Schools professional to evaluate where we can improve and form an action plan to ensure our provision is always developing and meeting the needs of our pupils.
The Big Ideas are progressive throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, which ensures that children are able to build knowledge over time, within the taught concepts, and connect prior learning to new learning.
Whole School Campaigns
As well as our PSHE curriculum, we run many campaigns relating to PSHE throughout the year to support its delivery.
- For anti-bullying week, classes complete lessons in their classes about bullying and there is a whole-school anti-bullying T-shirt design competition. We have also had guest speakers and whole-school assemblies about this subject in the past.
- For Children’s Mental Health week, we run lessons in classes relating to looking after our mental health and wellbeing. We have also had a mental health professional from Healthy Schools in to support with and deliver assemblies.
- We engage in Sustran’s Big Pedal campaign to encourage active travel to school.
- We hold an annual ‘Rainbow Day’ to support equality and diversity including LGBT+, which has proven very successful over the last few years. Parents/carers are invited in on this day to watch assemblies and join in with lessons in classrooms.