PSHE in our school is taught through SCARF
The intent of PSHE is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
- The PSHE curriculum incorporates the understanding of RSE which enables all pupils to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
- It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
- We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.
- Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
At the convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School and Nursery we have a clear and comprehensive scheme of work for PSHE – SCARF.
- The spiral learning within the scheme is high-quality, inspiring with excellent enrichment experiences to develop essential life skills.
- Our programme of study focusses on three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
- SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) – provides a whole-school approach to pupil’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, impacting on new Ofsted judgements of Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes.
- SCARF covers all the DfE requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education, statutory from September 2020.
- It aims to equip pupils with a good understanding of risks and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. The scheme links to British Values as well as SMSC.
- We deliver the PSHE curriculum by sharing good practice and reflecting the needs of our pupils.
- We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed.
- There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Our assemblies include “Power of One” antibullying, local police visit, Spud and Yam for Black History Month, online safety delivered by 3BM, etc.
- Our PSHE programme of study links with our clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work (Journey in Love).
- The teaching and learning of RSE is rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue.
- Our teaching of PSHE is always delivered in an age appropriate way which reflects the development of the child.
- In EYFS and KS1 pupils use floor books to record their PSHE learning.
Our pupils are informed learners within PSHE. They experience a wide range of learning challenges within the different topics and know appropriate responses to them.
- Our external visitors enrich the lives of our pupils and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.
- SCARF offers a clear learning journey and therefore pupils of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in PSHE.
- Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning in PSHE and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
- Fundamental British Values are explored in PSHE and pupils understand how to accept and celebrate difference.
- Pupils will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school life and their learning journey by developing good learning behaviours, achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum and enhance their cultural capital.
SCARF - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience & Friendship
Each value is linked to a colour on the scarves worn by Harold the giraffe and his friends, and which everyone in school can wrap around themselves either in reality or in their imaginations, reminding them to put the SCARF values into action. The SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking and fun activities.