PSHE is at the heart of Owston Park Primary Academy’s curriculum – it drives everything we do, supports the school’s ethos and the wellbeing and happiness of pupils. Our PSHE curriculum gives children the best educational experience we possibly can in order to help them take the next step of their lives with confidence. We find a balance between offering the best academic teaching and learning whilst also developing the whole child. It is taught with aspiration and educational rigour as well as providing the best opportunity for children to explore and to develop the skills that will allow them to thrive in a complex world and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
We have a spiral curriculum where learning starts in foundation stage. For example, we start teaching children about relationships as soon as they first set foot in school, as they learn to share the toys, to take turns and mke new friends. They start with age-appropriate skills and these grow and develop as the children do. Each year pupils revisit the PSHE topics, recapping and consolidating their learning, so that each year they move on step by step.
We have broken down our PSHE curriculum into core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Although the long term plan organises content under different headings from those used in the content grids of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance on Relationships Education, RSE and Health education, each grid covers all of the statutory requirements for their phase, within a comprehensive PSHE education programme. The PSHE programme of study has been planned to coincide with both the life skills programme and Gooseberry Planet at Owston Park Primary Academy.