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PHSE

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL & HEALTH EDUCATION (PSHE) CURRICULUM

The aim of the PSHE curriculum at Parayhouse is to promote the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills so that our students will be able to manage their own lives safely, responsibly and to the best of their capabilities.  For this reason PSHE is embedded in the full curriculum, the aim being that our students develop the qualities, attributes and skills needed to thrive as individuals, family members and members of the wider community.

In Jupiter and Mars, PHSE is taught as a discrete subject. Our Programmes of Study are based on the Personal, Social and Health Education Association’s three overlapping core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships (including Relationship & Sex Education as appropriate) and Living in the Wider World.  The content of the curriculum is taught throughout the school day, as and when appropriate; through weekly timetabled PHSCE lessons for some classes; and through focused celebrations and extended learning opportunities.

 

Phase 1

Phase 1 is taught with a focus on developing students’ communication, their ability to make informed choices and to develop their independence and awareness of safety.  The following topics are covered under the three core themes:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Getting myself dressed
  • Personal hygiene
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy exercise
  • Keeping safe in the kitchen
  • Keeping safe on the road

 

Relationships

  • Friends
  • My family
  • Playing and learning together
  • Knowing how I am changing
  • Rights and choices
  • Safety in the community
  • Respecting privacy 

Living in the Wider World

  • Making choices
  • Different communities
  • Taking responsibility towards others
  • Rules
  • Valuing money

 

Phase 2

Health and Wellbeing

  • What is meant by a healthy lifestyle;
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing;
  • How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing;
  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe;
  • About managing change, including transition through school, puberty and loss;
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this;
  • How to respond to an emergency;
  • To identify different influences on health and wellbeing.

Relationships

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts;
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships;
  • How to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse;
  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help;
  • How to respect equality and diversity in relationships.

 

Living in the Wider World

  • About respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions;
  • About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens;
  • About different groups and communities;
  • To respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community;
  • About the importance or respecting and protecting the environment;
  • About where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively;
  • How money plays an important part in people’s lives;

 

Phase 3

Health and Wellbeing

  • How to manage transition from school to college and to the work place;
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health;
  • About parenthood and the consequence of teenage pregnancy;
  • How to assess and manage risks to health and to stay and keep others safe;
  • How to identify and access help, advise and support;
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet and physical activity;
  • How to respond in an emergency including administering first aid;
  • The role and influence of the media on lifestyle.

Relationships

  • How to maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills;
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships;
  • How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters;
  • About the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including sexual relationships);
  • About managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce;
  • To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community;
  • How to identify and access appropriate advice and support.

Living in the Wider World

  • About rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy;
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious;
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience;
  • About the economic and business environment;
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as concerns. 

 

Working in Partnership

The personal, social and emotional development and safety of our students is central to our mission.  We work closely with students and their parents and guardians to identify our young people’s individual needs and aspirations.  Our aim being that students leave us equipped to successfully manage their lives to the best of their capabilities and to engage positively as citizens within a modern British society.