PSHE at St Matthew's

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PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education. It is a vital part of national curriculum learning.

PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead responsible, confident, healthy and independent lives. It equips them with important social skills - such as resilience, empathy, self awareness and self confidence - and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

It is during weekly PSHE sessions that the children learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy lifestyles, mental and emotional wellbeing and relationships.

Learning opportunities take place in weekly 'circles' as well as in assemblies, special school projects and other activities that enrich children's experiences. All PSHE themes are discussed at an age-appropriate level and in line with national curriculum guidance. Parents will be advised by letter when the more sensitive subjects - such as sex education - are to be covered.

At St Matthew's, we follow a scheme called 1decision that covers many aspects of our PSHE curriculum. 

What is 1decision?

It is a unique kitemarked, interactive bank of life skills resources have been created to support PSHE, SMSC development, and safeguarding, and has recently been updated to support the new statutory changes in Health Education and Relationships Education.

1decision offers flexible and easy-to-use resources, which ultimately reduce planning time for teachers whilst providing a 21st-century approach to PSHE. It has comprehensive resources that are mapped to the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study and can be used cross-curricular.

Their 5-8 and 8-11 primary programmes have been fully kitemarked by the PSHE Association.


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