Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, we believe that the PSHE & SMSC curriculum plays a fundamental part in the development of our children. We aim to prepare young minds for the future in education and also in later life. Our PSHE programme of study brings together citizenship with personal well-being through a values based education. It is intended to support the school in developing a coherent whole school approach to personal, social, health and economic well-being.
We aim to achieve this by creating a happy vibrant environment where diversity and individuality are celebrated. We nurture and inspire our children to develop confidence and resilience in an environment where efforts are valued and all children flourish. At St Nicholas we also believe we have a duty to our pupils to provide a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education whilst promoting the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Respect and Tolerance.
Our PSHE programme supports all five outcomes of the ECM agenda and provides a context for school to fulfil out responsibilities to:
- Promote the physical, social and emotional well- being of pupils
- Provide sex and relationships education (Taught using ‘Journey in Love’ – Archdiocesan Approved scheme of work – see RSE section in the Catholic Life section of the website)
- Promote community cohesion
- Achieve the aims of the whole curriculum
PSHE is delivered by the class teacher with the support of PSHE leader if necessary. We are now implementing our new scheme of work though ‘Go Givers’. Go-Givers is about developing caring and concerned young citizens with the confidence and skills to make a difference to their communities, both locally and globally. Go-Givers helps children understand how societies function and provides opportunities for them to imagine unfamiliar situations and explore attitudes beyond their own. They learn how they can take action in a meaningful way to make the world a better place.
We encourage visiting professionals to provide talks / workshops for our pupils. PSHE values are also introduced in and explored within both whole school and key stage assemblies. PSHE is delivered through a range of whole school activities. Pupils will be given the opportunity to join and contribute to local and national initiatives eg. Anti-bullying week, community cohesion and school fund raising activities. Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in school assemblies, be elected school council and they are encouraged to express their thought and opinions. Pupils are also given the opportunity to enhance their learning and engage in concepts and content of the subject through learning in other subjects and areas of the curriculum and out of school.
PSHE is encouraged through ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ in Development Matters. PSHE in early years is about making connections and strongly linked to play. Children are given the opportunity to develop socially through small group activities during Key Person time and also through being a part of whole school activities. PSHE is taught through daily activities linked to topic as well as on an individual basis to develop personal skills. Every child is unique and may learn at different paces and at St Nicholas we believe in catering for the needs of all children in the school.
Our PSHE Curriculum, contains over 150 lessons referenced to the non-statutory National Curriculum for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). They enhance pupils’ learning across the curriculum, and are complemented by assembly plans, a suite of versatile tools for use on the interactive whiteboard, and printable posters and certificates for display in the classroom. Each year group has a set of lesson themes to cover over the year and is targeted for their age and development stage. (Please see long-term planning documentation)
Pupils have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions. Pupils can make sense of their own personal and social experiences and can understand and manage their own feelings. Pupils start to have an understanding how society works and the rights and responsibilities involved.
Teachers assess the children’s work and set clear expectations of what pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of check Key Stage and set targets to support pupils. Our school celebration assemblies celebrate personal achievements both in school and outside of school. Each half term postcards are sent home to celebrate personal achievements with regards to developing positive attitudes to learning.
Pupils voice is used in informing the curriculum through pupil questionnaires being carried out at the end of summer term. Therefore, informing the planning of the curriculum for the following school year.