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PSHE at YWJS

PSHE Statement of Intent

 

Resilient           Respectful          Inspired          Curious

 

Healthy Humans at Yeadon Westfield Junior School

 

An individual’s physical, mental and social attributes affect all aspects of their lives, both as a child and as an adult. The study of PSHE (personal, social, health and education) enables children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives. At Yeadon Westfield Junior School we believe that children’s PSHE underpins all their learning and affords them greatest opportunity to reach their full potential.

 

PSHE extends beyond the classroom and, indeed, underpins how our school community operates daily. We take every opportunity to support children with their development:

  • Informally through, promoting restorative ways of resolving any issues which arise including our peer mediator programme
  • More formally through, assemblies, lessons, circle times, interventions, visitors and trips.

This breadth of experience allows children to practise and embed the attributes needed to thrive as respectful and resilient individuals, family members and as part of the wider world.

 

Our robust curriculum encourages curiosity and reflection whilst also challenging children to apply their understanding to practical, real-life situations thereby preparing them to manage the challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in a rapidly changing society. Our programme of study inspires the children to be enterprising, make positive learning and career choices, support them in making effective transitions and develop economic wellbeing. The critical components of our PSHE provision provide opportunities for children to clarify their values and attitudes; explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of attitudes they encounter now and in the future; actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and encourage mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.

 

Our curriculum is split into 7 main themes:

  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Identity, society and equality
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Relationship education

We also have a very active School Council and Harmony Group which represent student voice. They meet regularly and lead valuable work within school on behalf of our children as well as linking with the local community.

 

As part of PSHE, we begin to teach Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) in Year 5, which continues into Year 6. We keep parents and carers well informed of the approach we take and the material covered in these sessions. We aim to keep lines of communication open and create a safe environment where questions can be raised, and any further support or information can be received.

 

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