At New City, we place a great importance on PSHE education and use it as a vehicle to support all pupils in becoming:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
PSHE at New City is comprised of six broad topics which pupils revisit each academic year as part of a whole school spiral curriculum.
Autumn 1: Community
Autumn 2: Identity
Spring 1: Relationships
Spring 2: Health
Summer 1: Risk
Summer 2: Making Sense of Money (with the exception of Year 6 who focus on transition to secondary school)
Our PSHE curriculum incorporates RHE (Relationships and Health Education) and it was developed alongside key stakeholders in our community, including parents and carers. Both our curriculum, PSHE and RSHE policies are attached. You can see the power point that was referred to during our consultations with parents/carers, FAQs produced to response to discussions with parents and carers, and the Newham RSHE factsheet attached. If you have any more questions concerned your child's PSHE and RSE education, please contact your class teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to our broad and balanced PSHE curriculum, we also adopt a whole school approach to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health for all. Pupils take part in many mental health awareness days such as 'Hello Yellow' day and Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. We consistently promoted wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns, for example by encouraging pupils to submit different forms of art work to encourage expression of their identity and emotions.
Since returning to school, we have maintained this focus by ensuring that pupils have access to learning mentors through lunch time drop in sessions, to voice concerns to their school councillor (who are democratically elected in the Autumn term) through a book in each classroom and through our promotion of the 5C's (Care, Consideration, Co-operation, Courtesy and Commitment) and positive behaviour policies.
This half term at New City all of our pupils are learning about relationships. From Nursery to Year 6, our pupils are learning how to identify and maintain positive relationships with others (both in daily life and online), including with those who may be different to themselves. They explore different types of relationships and discuss behaviours with are appropriate or inappropriate within these relationships. All pupils actively participate in our PSHE lessons through group work, role play, pupil presentations and debates. This enables them to develop key interpersonal skills such as active listening, giving and accepting constructive criticism, being respectful of those with opposing views to your own, and conflict resolution.