PSHE at Valley Gardens develops the qualities and attributes that pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We aim to equip pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives, encouraging them to be enterprising and supporting them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.
The PSHE curriculum at Valley Gardens provides our pupils with the following important skills, knowledge and opportunities:
- accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge, delivered in an age-appropriate manner;
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding;
- opportunities to explore, clarify, and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities;
- the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives;
- opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy.
Our curriculum has been developed with consideration for the following three areas:
- explicitly teaching about an issue: the lessons that offer factual information;
- explicitly teaching how to manage an issue: the lessons that develop the strategies, language and skills pupils will need to manage the situations or ‘moments’ in which they encounter an issue;
- underpinning the topic-specific learning: relevant learning (sometimes from earlier years and key stages) that provides the foundation for new explicit learning.
Our curriculum is divided into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. These themes are underpinned by the following overarching concepts:
- A healthy, balanced lifestyle;
- Identification of risk and safety;
- Diversity and equality;
- Rights, responsibilities and consent;
- Change and resilience;
Delivery of our PSHE curriculum
Our PSHE is predominantly delivered through weekly PSHE lessons (2020-2021). We also deliver some of our objectives through cross-curricular teaching: for example, our science department incorporates some elements of healthy lifestyle and sex education into their curriculum; project based learning delivers content based on diversity, finances, wellbeing, enterprise; computing delivers aspects on online relationships and safety.
Some aspects of the PSHE curriculum are delivered in the following ways:
- Thought for the Week which is aligned with whole-school PSHE themes;
- Science and Computing lessons;
- School assemblies;
- Drop-down days;
- Core values of VGMS and general ethos.
Valley Gardens also provides other PSHE opportunities beyond our planned PSHE curriculum:
- sports clubs, drama club and music activities and productions;
- residential visits and day trips;
- social and fundraising events;
- student council;
- theme days/events – careers, visiting speakers, drop-down afternoons, UK Parliament week, Show Racism the Red Card;
- mini enterprise projects;
- charity events;
- leadership opportunities – student council, sports leaders.