PSHE at Scotts Primary School
Intent: PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. 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.
Our PSHE scheme is regularly reviewed to ensure that it is relevant and up to date with current legislation. Children have set weekly PSHE lessons, as well as the values of these lessons being core factors in all areas of the curriculum and school life.
Our PSHE curriculum is in line with with the new RHSE government framework (2019). The curriculum is adapted and delivered to children in a completely age-appropriate way. The updated scheme of work was finalised, following a parent partnership meeting, where we time-lined the framework objectives and discussed age-appropriateness of them.
The RSHE policy was finalised in another parent partnership meeting, where parents views were sought and amendments made following lots of positive discussion. The draft and final policy was shared with all parents via parentmail, to enable all parents the opportunity to contribute.
Scotts Primary School is committed to listening to acting upon the voice of our parents and our children. The results of the online parent questionnaire show that incidents of bullying are low and that if experienced, children are confident to tell an adult which we highly encourage. Parents feel issues are tackled in partnership with them, and are aware of the procedures for reporting incidents of bullying in school.
As well as being embedded within our PSHE curriculum and additional work with our children, we also take part in 'anti-bullying week' every year.
This year, it started with 'odd socks day'. Here is a video from Andy Day to our school for Odd Socks day.
Whole school debates
At Scotts, we believe in developing confident, articulate children. Each term, year groups take it in turn to discuss and debate current affairs.
Children speak in front of the whole school and give their thoughts and opinions. Once both sides of the argument are shared, the whole school have the opportunity to vote and reach a final verdict.
Debates have included:
- Should we use technology instead of books in school?
- Are online friendships better than real life friendships?
- Should we have a limited time on the internet?
- Should single use water bottles be banned?
- Should each class have a pet?
- Should animals be killed for their meat?
- Should children be able to choose what they learn at school?
- Should animals be kept in captivity?'
At Scotts, we are proud of the global work that we have been part of and continue to develop. We have had visits from teachers and pupils from Bangladesh, China and Denmark. We all found these visits to be incredibly enriching and we look forward to future projects!
Today's children are growing up in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Shifting global powers, a globalised economy and global challenges like climate change and poverty mean they will be faced with difficult choices in their lives.
Our global partners in Bangladesh
In March 2020, Sultana Mahfuzara from Bangladesh visited Scotts as part of the British Council 'Connecting Classrooms' project. This is a partnership between the British Council and the Department of International Development.
The aim of this project is to enhance children's appreciation and understanding of the wider world, enabling them to learn from others. We will also be working alongside other schools in Havering as part of this fantastic opportunity.
During Mahfuzara's visit, we learnt about the 'Sustainable Development Goals' and planned how we could raise awareness of these through our joint project. Mahfuzara held a whole school assembly and spent time in year 2 and 3 to deliver lessons.
We pride ourselves in building these important relationships with both local and global communities to support the children to become global citizens.
Last year, Parliament Week focused on 100 years since women gained the right to vote. Some classes were so inspired that they wrote letters to our local MP Julia Lopez and went on 'Votes for Women' marches! Also, a big thank you to Councillor Gillian Ford for visiting Scotts during Parliament Week.
This year, we continued to raise the importance and the significance of democracy. During Parliament Week, we discussed the roles of MPs, local MPs and the role of the government.
Good to be Different day
Each term we celebrate 'Good to be Different Day', celebrating diversity within our school. Each term we have a different theme.
This terms Good to be Different day was part of anti-bullying week. We celebrated the diversity within our community and discussed the impact that our words and actions have on other people.
A previous 'Good to be Different Day' was themed around friendship. All classes used the book 'Dandylion' as a stimulus to promote this theme. We explored what this term meant and the different forms of friendships.
A recent 'Good to be Different Day' was themed around Mental Health and the Disney film Inside Out. The film is set in the mind of a young girl called Riley where five personified emotions - Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust - try to lead her through life as she adjusts to big changes in her life.
Each year group was given a different emotion to focus on in class, which has raised even more of an awareness of Mental Health throughout the school.
A previous theme was around 'proud to be me', with a focus on our different races and tackling prejudice and racism.
At Scotts, we take children's mental health seriously. We understand and appreciate the importance of teaching children about mental health. Children are fully supported to speak about their feeling and emotions. Each class has a 'worry box' which can be used confidentially. This enables staff to act upon and help support issues raised, imminently.
The Rainbow Team consists of both staff and children. Rainbow Champions are children who have been nominated by their peers as fantastic listeners and role models. These children have taken part in specific training ,allowing them to have a better understanding of how to help their peers resolve any playground issues. Our rainbow champions proudly wear colourful lanyards every break and lunchtime. This allows the rest of school to know who these children are.
Trouble Tuesdays is a new initiative, currently being run as a club on Tuesday lunchtimes. Mrs Bones, along with the Rainbow Champions, listen to and support any children who wish to share any worries.