Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE)
At Oakley CE Combined School, we are committed to the development of children’s social, emotional skills, their health and well-being. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) helps pupils lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as both individuals and members of society.
PSHE is essential in meeting our school's requirement to promote pupils well-being. This is achieved through a planned programme of learning, through which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their own lives now and in the future (DfE).
The aims of PSHE are divided into 3 core themes:
· Health and Wellbeing;
· Living in the Wider World.
Each of these core themes have been developed with the idea that they overlap one another and are flexible, allowing planning to be adapted and individualised to meet the needs of each pupil or cohort. Children will show compassion for each other in a trusting environment, whereby they can share and discuss everyday life events.
Teaching of PSHE
PSHE is delivered throughout the school as part of the timetabled curriculum, following a programme of study. It is also taught at different times in other ways, for example, through SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) ‘Learning Together’ sessions.
Staff are encouraged to develop an ‘active learning’ approach, by involving the pupils in circle time, discussions, role-play, investigation and problem solving activities. Through this, the children will learn to show courage and perseverance when managing their own lives. Pupils at Oakley CE Combined School are also provided with opportunities to learn through practical activities and events, for example showing compassion when fundraising for events, supporting community projects and welcoming school visitors (e.g. police, health professionals).
At Oakley, we feel it is important to develop the whole child and for them to know about physical, moral and emotional development. We encourage children to understand the importance of family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care, and develop their understanding of sexuality and sexual health.