Learning for Life (PSHE & RSE)
At Pixmore we strive to support all learners to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for life in the wider environment. This supports the school’s curriculum aim: ‘Include, achieve, inspire’.
Our Learning for Life, or PSHE curriculum, is a fundamental part of our core curriculum offer and has significant links with personal development and our ethos. We recognise our role in ensuring that we prepare our children for life in the wider world, as part of their own unique families and communities, and beyond these experiences when they leave school and enter the wider World as individuals having to make their own decisions. Our key message is that we are ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’.
Learning for Life (PSHE) education, which includes RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions.
The overarching aims for Learning for Life (PSHE) and RSE education Pixmore School is to provide pupils with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge of three core areas, Health and well-being, Relationships, and Living in the wider World.
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balance.
We use the 3D Dimension Scheme of Work to inform planning for PSHCE as this scheme includes all of the elements of learning for life skills that we feel our children will need to prepare them for life.
This curriculum is divided into Core Learning Themes:
- Core Theme 1: Health & Wellbeing
- Core Theme 2: Relationships
- Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World
The resources are appropriately pitched to the level we feel is appropriate for the children. Teachers use their discretion when managing the needs of children whose experiences and circumstances may require a different approach. In these situations, parents/carers will be consulted. The scheme has been updated to include the compulsory components of the sex and relationships specified by the government and effective from September 2020.
In addition, in Year 3, the children do the NHPCC Pants Programme, which teaches them about body awareness and keeping themselves safe. Please find a link below to the programme should you want me information about what Year 3 children learn during the programme.
As part of our Learning for Life (PSHE) programme, we do Protective Behaviours work with all children every term in class, and through assemblies. We teach the children the key messages that everyone has a right to feel safe, that others have a right to feel safe with us, and that there is nothing too small or too awful that they can’t talk to someone about it. This is an important part of our safeguarding as we recognise that empowering children to be self-aware can help them to discriminate between safe and unsafe behaviour in their lives, and to recognise that adults in school will listen to them if they have a problem, no matter how big or small.
At Pixmore, we promote wellbeing through the use of mindfulness. We use the book 'Alphabreaths' by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen to teach the children breathing techniques to support them to regulate their emotions and promote a positive state of mind.
Each class has a copy of the book and children are taught the different breaths throughout the Autumn term.