At St Erme with Trispen School, personal, social and health education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally, emotionally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities 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 through opportunities such as school council, friendship ambassadors, worship ambassadors, learning ambassadors, sports ambassadors and peer buddies and mentors.
The curriculum focuses on the three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world and builds in opportunities to link British Values and SMSC. The curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated according to the Governments advice, building on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory, on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. We are a TIS school and as such, every member of staff understands the importance of relationships.
PSHE is taught both as a discreet subject, using the Jigsaw learning programme, as well as through whole class teaching and assemblies. Children are provided with frequent opportunities to have their voice heard and because of this; they play an active part in school life. Children are able to express their opinions and views through a variety of mediums including suggestion boxes questionnaires, school council discussions, and comments on various correspondence throughout the year e.g. reports, SEND support profiles, focused reviews, annual questionnaires, work and homework. Children have the opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, firefighters, police, and representatives from the local church and community. We also develop PSHE through activities and whole-school events e.g. the school council representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss school matters. We offer residential trips to various year groups, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem, self-confidence, self-belief and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operation skills through team building, as we want all children to aim high to achieve their maximum potential.
Children are resilient learners and excellent communicators and are able to discuss personal matters with appropriate adults, as well as sharing in emotional literacy and discussion. Children demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, and Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty. All of our children demonstrate a healthy outlook towards themselves and school and all behaviour is good so that all children can achieve their age related expectations across the wider curriculum.