Part of our school vision is ‘Together we shine brightly’; believing in the limitless potential of our students and the impact they can make on others, both within school and in their community. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health) Education is at the heart of everything we stand for as a school; helping children learn to manage their lives both now and in the future. It is vital, in an ever-changing world, we equip the new generation with the skills and knowledge they will need to become the best they can be throughout later life. Within all subjects we are working on building our children’s resilience to challenge and for them to be able to recognise how to challenge themselves. This strand of personal development is critical for the future generations to develop self-confidence and awareness.
At Southborough School we use a spiral curriculum for PSHE Education, including mental health, wellbeing and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).
The curriculum is broken down into 6 key themes. Each year, children will learn age appropriate skills linked to these themes, building upon previous learning, skills and knowledge in a spiral curriculum:
1) Me and My Relationships
2) Valuing Difference
3) Keeping Myself Safe
4) Rights and Responsibilities
5) Best my Best
6) Growing and Changing
We believe that PSHE is not just to be taught as a standalone subject but it is also to be discretely woven into the learning of all subjects. These cross-curricular links allow children to put their learnt skills into practise and they are able to discuss, question and work with themes explored in PSHE. PSHE is taught in a variety of ways including working as individuals, discussions within groups and class debates. Children are encouraged to ask questions, answer questions from others and share their opinions within a safe, supportive learning environment.
Our School Values are at the heart of everything we do; . They are promoted strongly by our children and can be seen within our learning environments. We are inspired by and celebrate others achievements daily in class including during our weekly celebration worship. PSHE assessment is ongoing and formative, allowing the children to be an integral part of this process through self-evaluation. Our children use whole class PSHE books to record their responses to and show progress within PSHE. These books will move to the next year group with the children so they they can look back at and reflect on their learning, also allowing teachers to build on previous knowledge.
Lessons and activities are adapted from SCARF plans, from Coram Life Education. SCARF stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship. This spiral curriculum allows all children to build on their knowledge year upon year. We then create lessons that utilise: use of child specific resources, differentiated questioning and mixed ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned with the aim of best possible understanding and integration for all children within the class.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is invaluable in preparing our children for the future and is nurtured through our daily life in school.
We explore beliefs and experiences of ourselves and others near and far; discuss the importance of respecting all faiths and beliefs and learn and reflect upon each other’s feelings.
We learn about and are aware of what is right and wrong linked to our school rules; learn about British laws and the importance of them; begin to consider our actions and understand the consequences of them; discuss and debate moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.
We are familiar with the groups and communities that we are part of; participate in our local community ; discuss how to resolve conflict; make strong links with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
We appreciate cultural influences; discuss the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week was ‘United against bullying’. It began with Odd Socks Day on the 16th November. Andy and the Odd Socks (Cbeebies presenter and Anti-bullying Alliance patron) recorded a toe tapping song for Odd Socks Day 2020. It's called ‘The Kids are United' and this was the overarching theme for our Anti-bullying Week this year. The Odd Sock’s version features lyrics inspired by video calls the band and the Anti-Bullying Alliance had with school children from all over the country earlier this summer.
Across our classes we undertook a variety of activities to discuss and promote Anti-Bullying. Some classes focused on the ‘United against bullying’ song, alongside Andy’s previous hits: ‘Choose Respect’, ‘Chand’ and ‘Unique’. Other classes chose to record their learning in different ways, through dance, debate, posters spreading awareness or acting.
Here are some of our thoughts:
“If you see someone being mean you mustn’t join in and don’t just stand there, tell a teacher.” Alfie, Year 2
“We had so much looking at all our different socks, the socks show that we are all different and that is great” – Max, Year 2.
“You have to think about how it is going to make the other person feel before you make that choice” Aidan, Year 2
"We wear odd socks to symbolise that we are all different in lots of different ways” Maisy, Year 4
"We are united against bullying because it makes people really upset and it is just mean." Millie, Year 4
“Odd Sock Day means you can be yourself without being judged” Hebe, Year 5