Personal Social and Health Education

At Castlecombe, we believe that the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) helps give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to help them lead healthy, confident and independent lives. Through this teaching, the children actively take part in a range of activities, providing them with the opportunity to work independently and alongside their peers, tackling issues that may arise within our school or the wider world. 

Through our PSHE Curriculum, we encourage the children to develop and gain understanding of their own and different beliefs. As well as this, the children learn to understand that we live in a diverse society, enabling them to form relationships with those around them. Pupils will be able to understand their rights and responsibilities and develop enduring, integrity and autonomy in developing respect for their environments and communities. We aim to promote self-esteem and emotional development and to help our pupils to form and maintain satisfying relationships. 
Our Programme of study is based on three core themes which will be covered throughout the key stages. There will be flexibility in the teaching of our PSHE to ensure the needs of our children. The three core themes are:
  1. Health and Wellbeing 
  2. Relationships 
  3. Living in the Wider World
We feel that effective PSHE education should provide pupils with the following: 
  • Accurate and relevant knowledge. 
  • 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 balanced lives.
The PSHE Curriculum is taught weekly, by the class teacher as well as through other curriculum areas and within the whole school ethos. Our Curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include: 
  • circle time
  • group discussions
  • drama
  • problem solving
  • stories