At St. Joseph’s, we follow the Islington ‘You, Me, PSHE’ scheme of work to plan and teach PSHE. The subject has been divided into 7 different strands and within each strand, there are age appropriate topics for the different year groups. In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. The sequence of work is intended to be taught in topics to enable pupils to build upon previous learning and explore areas both relevant and appropriate to their level.
The seven strands of PSHE are as follows:
- Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
- Relationships, health and sex education
- Identity, society and equality
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Physical health and wellbeing
One topic per half term is taught to each year group (RSE is taught over a whole term in Years 2, 4 and 6). Each topic consists of three lessons, therefore teachers are expected to teach a minimum of three to four lessons in each half term. Each PSHE lesson includes an overall learning intention and specific learning outcomes (based on knowledge and understanding, skills and the development of attitudes).
Assessment has been included as an integral part of each topic. At the beginning of the topic, pupils complete a pre-topic assessment activity, which is then repeated at the end of the topic. This enables pupils and teachers to understand and demonstrate the progress made. Pupils also complete a self-reflection sheet at the end of each topic; to encourage self-evaluation and reflection on learning within the topic as a whole unit of work.
To monitor learning in PSHE, a sample of pupils’ PSHE reflections folders from each class can be collected and progress checked. The PSHE subject leader may concentrate on a particular strand of the scheme of work, such as drug, alcohol and tobacco education, as a monitoring focus for the year. The focus will change annually.
Mental Health Awareness
Watch our video to find out how we stay mentally healthy at St. Joseph’s Primary School.