‘PSHE education equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.’ (PSHE Association)
The PSHCE curriculum is based on the PSHCE Association’s programme of study (October 2014). It contains three core themes, within which there is broad overlap and flexibility:
These are taught through Peace and Harmony sessions (one per term for each class), as well as through cross-curricular links in ARCS Curriculum where appropriate.
Peace and Harmony at Evelyn CP School
Each class attends a Peace and Harmony session every term. This is an afternoon session where the class is split into 3 groups and every child has the opportunity to participate in short activities that promote discussion, deep thinking and relaxation.
The 3 activities are:
– Circle Time (led by the class teacher), addressing a PSHE theme
– Relax Kids (led by Mrs Murray), promoting relaxation techniques and wellbeing
– Philosophy (led by Mrs Duffin), encouraging philosophical enquiry, concentration and communication skills