At Owston Park Primary Academy, Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy and social skills are brought together via our home-grown ‘life skills’ programme and Gooseberry Planet scheme delivered for a lesson-a-week. In addition to this, children regularly engage in workshops with external visitors (such as NSPCC and BigTalk), weekly PHSE assemblies and collective learning based on individual needs.
Designed as a whole school approach, the Life Skills and Gooseberry Planet programmes provide a comprehensive scheme of learning for all children.
The Life skills programme consists of 6 half-term units of work containing 3 lessons. They are based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced). These enhancements mean that our PSHE curriculum is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with modern issues such as body image as well as cyber and homophobic bullying.
At Owston Park Primary School, our PSHE programme offers many opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as contributing significantly to all strands of the British Values agenda.
Through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. As well as raising children’s self-esteem and resilience, whilst building skills essential for life and relationships.