Miss McLoughlin is the subject lead for PSHE at The Trinity
To develop children’s understanding of PSHE and provide them with a foundation of skills that manage life’s challenges, particularly those caused by Covid-19, and make the most of life’s opportunities now and in the future. Our curriculum has been developed to fit the needs of the school and local area with consultation from the children and adapted to fit the needs of the children in the current climate.
At the Trinity, we teach PSHE on a weekly basis using the PSHE association however our teachers understand this learning should not just be limited to this time and there may be occasions where staff may feel is necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in class or response to local and global issues. The scheme of work reflects the needs of our pupils alongside meeting the statutory guidance. The curriculum is split into the three core themes; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The children will meet these themes throughout the course of the year and the themes are built upon as the children move up the school.
In KS1 children use floor books to record responses to PSHE sessions while in KS2 children record their responses in their individual books. These books are labelled as recommended by the archdiocese. The PSHE coordinator works closely with the R.E. coordinator to ensure our RSE is taught through the Catholic lens using Journey in Love. The PSHE coordinator also works closely with the computing coordinator as a significant amount of the statutory requirements link to the computing curriculum and pupils' behaviour online. During this time, being safe online is more important than ever as children are using it both recreationally and for their blended learning.
In EYFS, PSHE is not a discrete curriculum subject within the EYFS framework. However, EYFS is a great place where children begin exploring the foundations of PSHE education through the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World. The incorporates self-confidence and self-awareness, making relationships and feelings and behaviour. This is recorded through floor books and the children’s individual learning journeys.
This academic year, the curriculum was further adapted to support the recovery curriculum and world around us.
During bubble closures and lockdowns, children are still being taught the skills and knowledge for PSHE that they would have accessed in school. You can help your child at home by encouraging them to look after their mental wellbeing. This could mean incorporating a walk or exercise into their day, taking some time away from a screen or discussing their feelings.
As the children returned to school after lockdown, it was important to adapt our teaching to respond to this. As a school, we shared the theme of Brave New World during Autumn 1, Reasons to be Cheerful (Autumn 2) and Hope (Spring 1). As we entered another lockdown, we continued to adapt our curriculum and Spring 2 became Spring into Action.