Values and PSHE
At Fairlawn, we aim for every child to have high self-esteem and be equipped to make a valuable contribution in later life.
At Fairlawn Primary School, PSHE is at the core of everything we do and enables our children to become independent, curious, reflective, collaborative and resilient learners. We understand the importance of developing the ‘whole child’ and the children are taught about these learning to learn skills through our learning heroes (below).
We aim to provide the best possible education, opportunities and environment for all. We believe that our PSHE curriculum aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead safe, confident, healthy and independent lives. Fairlawn Primary School is an inclusive community where ALL pupils are pushed to aim high, achieve well and develop self-confidence and a sense of community, underpinned by our core values; Friendship, Responsibility and Empathy. PSHE is central to this ethos and equips children with the knowledge, skills and strategies to live healthy, safe and responsible lives.
Our PSHE curriculum covers three key areas:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
One timetabled PSHE lesson per week is taught from Years 1-6. In our Early Years and Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the children’s personal, social and emotional development. There are many other opportunities where children are involved in PSHE outside of the discreet lesson, including assemblies where a range of themes are covered. Some of these include cross curriculum teaching (e.g. PE, RE and Geography) and contributions made by our Pupil Parliament (there is one representative from each class in Year 1 and two representatives from each class from Y2 – Y6).
Pupil voice is at the core of what we do and our PSHE curriculum is also evident outside of our discrete sessions through:
– Peer mediators
– Pupil Librarians
– Digital Leaders
– OPAL play
– Rights Respecting School (currently working towards our silver award).
– Outside agencies that work with our pupils include the NSPCC (fundraising), BLAM (Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health), Ootiboo (wellbeing focus) and Urban Synergy (a youth empowerment charity on a mission to inspire, guide and ignite the ambitions of young people).
Monitoring and assessment is an ongoing process. Teachers use ‘assessment for learning’ strategies as a way to inform planning for future lessons. PSHE learning happens and is recorded in many different ways; discussions, displays, recordings, mind-maps and personal reflections. The main impact of the PSHE curriculum on our children is in the way they are confidently able to articulate their thoughts and feelings and show their understanding of our school culture and our values. When tracking their progress, we focus on the changes/reconfirmation of their attitudes, skills and knowledge.