PSHE and Citizenship
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!" Peter 3:18
What is PSHE and Citizenship?
What is PSHE?
PSHE is personal, social, health and economic education. Most of PSHE education became statutory in September 2020 under the Children and Social Work Act. This statutory content, Relationships and Health education (RHE) covers the majority of PSHE education. The schools also covers important non-statutory content about careers, economic wellbeing and personal safety.
What is Citizenship?
Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in democratic society, as active and responsible citizens. It is non-statutory. (Also see our British Values offer, under the Pastoral tab on the school website.)
PSHE at St. Patrick's
PSHE at St. Patrick's begins with our Living and Learning Statements. Created together, by home, school and parish, these are the qualities we seek to grow in our children. Their rationale is to support and promote the gospel values and virtues of the Catholic Church in its mission.
St Patrick’s children are…
Respectful of others and our differences, and they listen and discuss for deeper understanding.
Generous for the good of others, and they take pride in their own work.
Loving in their actions and words, and they are confident in their own strengths and abilities.
Courageous about the choices they make, and they are curious about the world we live in.
Honest to themselves and others, and they show independence by thinking for themselves.
Hopeful for the future and each other, and they show resilience to be better and keep on improving.
Our extensive pastoral care provision allows children to develop and recognise themselves, and this impacts positively upon their relationships with others. Our pastoral team are highly skilled and experiences. Programmes such as ELSA, nurture groups, school counselling, and mentoring sessions are all tailored to individuals’ needs to allow the child to grow in God’s love. Our school is committed to addressing a range of barriers to enable our children to learn and achieve. We work closely with a large number of outside agencies and professionals to provide our children and their families with the help and support they need. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school which promotes positive, healthy relationships.
The majority of our PSHE curriculum is taught through the Catholic RHE scheme 'Life to the Full', which fulfills the statutory requirements of our Health & Well Being and Relationships education.
Kidafe is also delivered from Reception to Year 6 by two fully-trained Kidsafe teachers in school. This supports our mental health and safeguarding curriculum. Kidsafe gives our children a voice so that they can speak out about their wellbeing.
The knowledge and skills our children need to 'Live in the Wider World' are taught through RHE/PSHE, but also through the wider curriculum. Our children are provided with opportunities to learn about community, economic well-being, and aspirations, work & careers.
Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex society which is constantly changing. As a school, we need to be able to adapt to meet the needs of our children so that they have resilience and confidence. Teachers may identify that their classes, or some of their pupils, are facing certain challenges, such as online bullying or anti-social behaviour outside of school. We respond by delivering lessons or short units of work, in response to this, drawing on a range of resources, including units from the PSHE association.
Throughout the year, we enrich our PSHE curriculum; this it to encourage our learners to take a more in-depth look at an issue or topic. Enrichment may be a focus on a subject for a dedicated period of time, such as 'Internet Safety' day, 'Anti-Bullying week' or 'Black History Month'.
-A visit to the local community, to study the impact of population.
-An Aspirations event where local businesses are invited to school.
-A charity event to raise awareness and money for CAFOD, organised by our Mini Vinnies.
Our enrichment and wider opportunities are designed to not only support the curriculum, but to provide our children with real life experiences that they can 'put into action'.
Citizenship at St. Patrick's
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