We aim to deliver a PSHE (personal, social , health and economic education) curriculum which enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We aim to help them develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to protect and enhance their wellbeing.
From September 2020, the relationships & sex education (RSE), as well as the mental health objectives, became a statutory element to teach in schools (parents/carers were consulted on the topics to be taught during summer 2019). We redesigned our curriculum and reviewed our RSE/PSHE Policy during the autumn of 2021.
At Kingsway, we deliver weekly PSHE lessons and now follow the Twinkl Life scheme of work to deliver the statutory RSE objectives as well as additional PSHE content. Twinkl Life’s PSHE and Citizenship resources are fully in line with the Learning Outcomes and Core Themes provided by the PSHE Association Programme of Study which is widely used by schools in England and is recommended and referred to by the DfE in all key documentation relating to PSHE provision in schools. This scheme of work covers all of the required objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The scheme of work fulfils the requirements of 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum
At Kingsway, the PSHE/RSE curriculum is taught in thematic units, which consist of six lessons each half term. These units are taught in a spiral curriculum that revisits each theme every two years. This enables children to recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of the child. Lessons also signpost key words, building a rich vocabulary to develop understanding. Our PSHE units are designed to be delivered in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games with groups of various sizes.
Lessons in this scheme of work have their foundations in seeing each and everybody’s value in society, from appreciation of others in units such as Diverse Britain, to promoting strong and positive views of self in Think Positive and Be Yourself. Twinkl Life PSHE and Citizenship units aim to cover a wide range of the social and emotional aspects of learning, enabling children to develop their identity and self-esteem as active, confident members of their community. The themes and topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide children with protective teaching on essential safeguarding issues, developing their knowledge of when and how they can ask for help.
Kingsway’s Long Term PSHE/RSE Overview
Kingsway’s PSHE and RSE Long term Unit overview can be seen below with our focus days/weeks highlighted for each half term. Click on the PDF links below to open the documents in a new window
Assessment for learning opportunities are built into each lesson and enhanced by the activity opportunities given in each lesson, which enable self-evaluation and reflective learning and allow teachers to evaluate and assess progress. Each lesson begins with a discussion of children’s existing knowledge and experience, providing an opportunity for baseline assessment. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect upon learning.
The PSHE scheme of work provides Kingsway with an effective curriculum for wellbeing. Children are enabled to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect, and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will apply their understanding of society to their everyday interactions, from the classroom to the wider community of which they are a part. Twinkl Life’s PSHE scheme of work supports the active development of a school culture that prioritises physical and mental health and wellbeing, providing children with skills to evaluate and understand their own wellbeing needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them. Successful PSHE education can have a positive impact on the whole child, including their academic development and progress, by mitigating any social and emotional barriers to learning and building confidence and self-esteem. Evidence suggests that successful PSHE education also helps disadvantaged and vulnerable children achieve to a greater extent by raising aspirations and empowering them with skills to overcome barriers they face. The Twinkl Life PSHE and Citizenship scheme of work can be used as a whole-school approach to positively impact wellbeing, safeguarding and SMSC outcomes. This can ensure that all children are able to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed at school and in the wider world.
The Twinkl Life scheme of work is taught alongside our PSHE related focus days such as ‘Anti-bullying Week’ and ‘World Mental Health Day’. We also teach children about current affairs where appropriate and address any specific PSHE needs of our children through circle times as and when they arise throughout the academic year. Wellbeing is a priority at Kingsway and all staff and children follow the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’.
Please see our mental health pages for updates regarding our extra curricular mental health days and events that the children have taken part in. Further information and advice to support your child's mental health can be found here.