The PSHCE curriculum at Churchfields has been carefully tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. The purpose of this subject is to equip pupils with ‘a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions’ (National Curriculum, updated 2020). Areas taught are outlined in the National Curriculum, the Basic School Curriculum and in statutory guidance: drug education, financial education, health and relationship education (HRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Citizenship, although not a statutory area of study, is a fundamental area of the PSHCE curriculum at Churchfields. Children learn about democracy, the rule of law and the consequences of anti-social and aggressive behaviours. Learning about these topics is essential for pupils to be well-equipped to cope with the changes, opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of childhood, adolescence and adult-life.
How Do We Teach PSHCE?
As well as teaching our pupils how to make decisions in order to live a happy and healthy life, PSHCE lessons at Churchfields require pupils to develop strong skills in speaking and listening, cooperation, empathy and respect. We recognise that we may think and feel different things and that this is ok. Our pupils learn that when they disagree, they disagree with a statement and do not make their responses personal. Being aware of and looking after our mental health is also an important skill: in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, our pupils take part in a weekly mindfulness session to manage stress, reduce anxiety and cultivate peace of mind.