PSHE at St. Anne’s
The Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA), which provides the frameworks for PSHE at Key Stages 1-4, describes PSHE as helping to:
“Give children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they
need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.”
The QCA goes on to say that PSHE aims to help children and young people:
“Understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of
the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.”
Aims and Objectives:
The teaching of PSHE at St. Anne's supports our school aim to nurture and develop our pupils' communication skills giving them the power to control their future. We believe that personal, social, health education (PSHE), enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We attempt to provide children with the tools to understand how they are developing personally and socially and whilst doing so allow them to be able to successfully tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. In using ‘Every Child Matters’ as a foundation on which to develop the children’s PSHE skills we aim to focus on well-being to enable children and young people to embrace change, feel positive about themselves and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. In terms of economic well-being and financial capability, we aim to teach young people to develop as questioning and informed consumers and learn to manage their money and finances effectively.
We want our children to be confident, self-motivated individuals who understand their rights and responsibilities within a diverse multi-cultural society.
Through PSHE, we aim for all learners to:
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Picture news and British Values
Last year, we began using Picture News throughout KS1 and KS2. Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets. It also our British Values tangible for our children.
Since 2014, schools have been required to promote the five key British values which are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. It is essential that schools engage with and promote these values in a meaningful way. The Picture News service builds consideration and discussion of these values into all of their teaching materials covering stories such as Brexit, terrorism, migrants, refugee caravans and the environment.
Every week, the Picture News creates a poster with a strong image that illustrates a news story from that week together with other age-appropriate resources that explain what the story is about. These resources help teachers spark a conversation about current affairs with pupils and also explain which of our British Values each story is related to.
Make sure you look at all the class pages and follow us on Twitter @StAnnesLiv. You we see more of the fantastic PSHE work that happens all the time at St. Anne's.
Every Tuesday at St. Anne's, we send a group of children to the Shy Lowen stables. Before the end of this academic year, we will be sending as many children as possible to benefit from the experience of working with horses.
Kids Helping Horses, Horses Helping Kids.
Kids helping horses:
The horses and ponies at Shy Lowen are cared for and trained by local children. Many of them have never had close contact with a horse before. They are soon on their way to building relationships of trust that are the cornerstones of Shy Lowen's training.
The more experienced children help the younger ones teach the horses to overcome their fears and learn the skills needed to be ridden horses, ready for new homes. If that's not possible, they continue to care for them in the sanctuary.
Horses helping kids:
Horses are extraordinary teachers. They do not lie, they do not fall for the images we create to protect ourselves. They do not care if you are rich or poor, if your jeans are designer or tatty. They only see the real you.
The horses at Shy Lowen help children find the person inside. They teach children about self worth, trust and confidence. They help them to express themselves without anger, but instead with understanding. They teach them to listen, and to be listened to. They help them succeed.