PSHE / Wellbeing
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship aim to help, within the St John's curriculum, to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become responsible citizens of the future.
All Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to life in school and the community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the community. They learn to understand, respect and value others so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. They also learn to value themselves as unique human beings, to uphold justice, human rights and the rule of law as well as valuing the natural environment as a source of wonder and inspiration.
RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) in St John’s Church of England School is about what constitutes wellbeing and loving care for ourselves (physical and mental health education), how we show loving care for others (relationships education) and, when at an appropriate age and stage in life, how we show loving care to those we choose to be intimate with, including within marriage (sex education). It is also about the spiritual and moral aspects of healthy, loving and nurturing relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life. Pupils will consider how to ensure that they treat themselves and others, at all times and in all contexts, with dignity and respect. These aims are reflected in the whole of the school curriculum. They are interdependent and cannot be achieved without the provision of the PSHE curriculum.
PSHE at St John’s is encompassed in our Wellbeing Curriculum, which is split into key areas: Physical and Sensory Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing, Environmental Wellbeing, Economic Wellbeing, Spiritual Wellbeing. These build progressively on the following life skills:
Physical and Sensory Wellbeing: My physical and sensory Wellbeing includes everything to do with having a healthy and happy body.
Social Wellbeing: My social Wellbeing includes everything to do with having healthy and happy relationships and positive interactions with the people around me.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing: My mental and emotional Wellbeing includes everything to do with keeping my brain happy and healthy.
Environmental Wellbeing: My environmental Wellbeing includes everything to do with ensuring the environment/ space I am in is happy and healthy. This includes my classroom, the wider school, my home, my community, my country and the world.
Economic Wellbeing: My economic Wellbeing includes everything to do with having a healthy and happy relationship with money and understanding how this affects my life.
Spiritual Wellbeing: My spiritual Wellbeing includes everything to do with religion and what I believe in. This includes my school religion and personal beliefs.
We use the SCARF resources, Goodness and Mercy units from Guildford Diocese as well as a continued focus on British Values in each half term. We have half-termly Keeping Safe, E-Safety lessons, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Awareness week, Body Awareness week and attend the Junior Citizen course. We have introduced First Aid as part of our Wellbeing curriculum.
RSHE will be delivered professionally and as an identifiable part of our PSHE and Wellbeing Curriculum. It will be led, resourced and reported to parents in the same way as any other subject. There will be a planned programme delivered in a carefully sequenced way.
RSHE will be delivered in a way that affords dignity and shows respect to all who make up our diverse community. It will not discriminate against any of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act and will be sensitive to the faith and beliefs of those in the wider school community. RSHE will seek to explain fairly the tenets and varying interpretations of religious communities on matters of sex and relationships and teach these viewpoints with respect. It will value the importance of faithfulness as the underpinning and backdrop for relationships. It will encourage pupils to develop the skills needed to disagree without being disagreeable, to appreciate the lived experience of other people and to live well together.
RSHE will seek to build resilience in our pupils to help them form healthy relationships, to keep themselves safe and resist the harmful influence of the excesses of media in all its forms.
RSHE will promote healthy resilient relationships set in the context of character and virtue development that sits within the schools Christian Vision and Values.
Children will leave St John’s as reflective, confident, healthy and responsible citizens who understand and build good relationships, respect and value other members of the community and the world around them.