Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education, which is a programme designed to promote the moral, cultural, spiritual, mental and physical development of the children in our school.
At Servite, the children meet every Friday afternoon in our 'Pupil Circles'. These circles meet every Friday afternoon to discuss whole-school issues or ideas for school improvement or development.
The mixed-age circle groups involve all the children from Year 1 to 6, with each group containing three or four children from each year group. The circles are facilitated by a class teacher or member of the leadership team and these teachers rotate once a half-term in order to work with different groups of children.
The circles help to break down the hierarchies that exist within the school and make each child aware that their opinion is important and valued by the school, whether they are the Head Boy in Year 6 or a child that has just started in Year 1.
It also gives every child the right to be heard and feel the value of their contribution. The circles are led by the Year 6 children within them – these children are responsible for leading the conversation, making notes on what each circle has discussed each week and ensuring that all the children in the circle are involved. This builds excellent leadership skills within our Year 6. The notes are then fed back to the lead teacher and shared to the parents in our weekly school newsletter.
The Pupil Circles really strengthen the bonds in our school community. They allow children from each year to speak those younger and older than themselves, building bonds and making friendships they otherwise may not make. The circles also allow every teacher to talk to and know something about all the children in the school – an extremely valuable opportunity for both.
Sex and Relationship Education
We recognise that it is the privilege of parents to inform and educate their children in all matters concerning sexual development. We also recognise that parents need the support of the Catholic community in this sensitive task.
At school we teach the facts of human development in accordance with the age of the children, the demands of the National Curriculum and in the light of Christ's teaching on love, marriage and the sanctity of life. To teach this aspect of the curriculum the school follows the Journey in Love programme and parents are invited to a meeting each year to view the materials and content of the programme.
We provide a context in which respectful, warm relationships are fostered between staff and pupils so that children's attitudes are strengthened by their experiences of life in school.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education provided – but not from teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that is necessary under National Curriculum science.
The following aspects of love and relationships are explored in each year group using the Journey in Love resources.
Nursery - Wonder at God’s Love
Children begin to know and understand that they are part of the wonder of God’s love and creation.
- We are part of God’s love and creation
- The wonder of God’s world
Reception - God loves each of us in our uniqueness
Children know and understand that God has made them unique and that although we are all different we are all special to Him.
- We are all unique
- Jesus is our friend
Year One - We meet God’s love in our family
Children know and understand that they are growing and developing as members of their own family and God’s family.
- My family
- Babies change and grow
- Happy & sad times
- We are members of God’s family
Year Two - We meet God’s love in the community
Children know and understand that they are growing and developing in a God-given community.
- The importance of communities
- Communities we belong to
- Happy & sad times in the community
- We are children of God
Year Three - How we live in love
Children know and understand the virtues essential to friendship, e.g. loyalty, responsibility. They experience the importance both of forgiving and being forgiven and of celebrating God’s forgiveness.
- People who look after me
- How I keep myself safe
- How I can be a supportive friend
- Difference between being alone and being lonely
- Jesus is a friend to everyone
Year Four - God loves us in our differences
Children know and understand that they are all different and celebrate these differences as they appreciate that God’s love accepts us as we are and as we change.
- We celebrate our differences
- The development of the baby in the womb
- Accepting and celebrating who I am
- Appreciating my own gifts and those of others
- Understanding feelings
- St Paul’s teaching on love
Year Five - God loves me in my changing and development
Children know and become aware of the physical and emotional changes that accompany puberty – sensitivity, mood swings, anger, boredom etc. They grow further in their understanding of God’s presence in their daily lives.
- Liking yourself and friendships
- Physical changes in boys and girls in puberty
- Menstruation and menstrual cycle
- Keeping clean and looking after ourselves
- Our bodies are the work of God
- Coping with difficulties in life
- Spiritual growth – the wonder of change
Year Six - The wonder of God’s love in creating new life
Children develop, in an appropriate way for their age, an understanding of sexuality and grow further in their appreciation of their dignity and worth as children of God.
- Physical and emotional changes in boys & girls at puberty.
- Male & female reproductive system
- Menstruation and menstrual cycle
- How human life is conceived
- Personal behaviour in a range of situations
- Responsibility, self-confidence and life skills
- God’s creative love