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At Usworth Colliery Primary, PSHCE is at the core of the curriculum. Young people deserve a rich curriculum bursting with powerful knowledge that broadens their horizons and takes them beyond the ‘every day’. The acquisition of skills, attitudes, values and understanding is essential to ensure the entitlement of all pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social (SMSC) development.
Our experiential PSHCE curriculum and the ongoing opportune moments that can be witnessed throughout our school enable our children to become independent thinkers who are confident to challenge the unknown and think deeply about the ‘real’ issues. They leave our school with shared values and experiences which prepares them for life in the 21st century with a particular focus on developing good mental health, emotional wellbeing, happiness and resilience. Through an inspired love of learning and exposure to high-quality vocabulary, we will equip children with the correct tools to develop their own characters to be respectful, tolerant and active members of society by strengthening their life skills so that they can become citizens of the future.
In order to promote resilience, a positive growth-mindset and skills progression, we have chosen to follow the SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) PSHCE scheme at Usworth Colliery Primary. Our long-term plan ensures PSHCE knowledge is revisited throughout each year group as well as through school, from Reception to Y6. As well as following the National Curriculum expectations, our curriculum empowers children to become leaders who are flexible in their thinking.
In order to become citizens of the future who challenge social justice and question deep rooted beliefs to create a more equal society, our PSHCE curriculum has specific vocabulary at its core. Exposure to new vocabulary can be seen at every teaching point, as well as re-visiting any previous vocabulary. This consistent exposure ensures that teaching builds on previous learning and allows children to discuss, reason and express themselves in a safe and appropriate way.
Pupils are encouraged to make memories by taking part in a wide range of experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to the life of Usworth Colliery Primary School and the surrounding communities. In doing so they build their own self-confidence, work well with others by becoming good communicators through engaging talk and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective fulfilling relationships, that are an essential part of life and learning.
What does a PSHCE lesson look like?
At UCPS we use the SCARF (Safety Caring Achievement Resilience Friendship) scheme of work. We decided on this scheme because it provides a whole-school approach to delivering quality PSHCE lessons that encompasses our school intent as well as promoting good behaviour, safety, achievement, wellbeing and happiness. It is mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study and meets the DoE statutory requirements for SMSC and the British Values. As a staff, we believe that this scheme will equip our children with the skills to become respectful, tolerant and active members of society who will be able to spot risky behaviours and have the confidence and flexibility in their thinking to challenge social justice and the cultural capital. The PSHCE long term plan clearly shows which year groups are dedicated which areas of learning (where appropriate) and the progression of subjects from EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
As you walk around Usworth Colliery, you may not see a PSHCE lesson being taught in the traditional way. As a staff, we understand that PSHCE needs to be taught at the point of learning and that opportunities to discuss PSHCE can arise at any point during the school day. PSHCE is taught discretely through and in other subjects and curriculum areas; through pastoral care and guidance carried out by the class teacher or the THRIVE behaviour team; in dedicated PSHCE activities and school events or through assemblies (whole school, class or key stage). On a Tuesday afternoon, classes take part in a PSHCE-based assembly which directly focuses on a different British Value and SMSC theme. On a Thursday afternoon, classes are then given time to work on the ‘Friends Resilience’ programme which teaches an abundance of knowledge and skills including becoming brave, being grateful, thanking others and relaxation techniques.