At Ridgeway Primary School we seek to use PSHE to promote healthy, independent, responsible and respectful members of society. We encourage all of our children to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class based and whole school pupil voice, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and the involvement in community activities.
Our children are given opportunities in PSHE (Personal, social and health education), Citizenship and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society. We take guidance from the PSHE Association to inform our Curriculum since 2014.
Here at Ridgeway, PSHE is taught discretely through Circle Time and PSHE lessons as well as through other curriculum areas and sessions are often supported by high-quality stories that link to different social, emotional, moral and ethical aspects. We work closely with visitors such as: NSPCC, the emergency services and the school nurse to enhance our curriculum. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to empathise with the feelings of others. Ridgeway also promotes discussions of current and topical matters such as politics, parliament and other relevant topics from around the world. PSHE also encompasses teaching about smoking, alcohol misuse and drug misuse progressively. The facts about these areas are taught alongside discussions on how to make informed choices, resist peer pressure and stay safe! At Ridgeway, we also have an SRE (Relationships) scheme throughout the school, starting with EYFS. Our aim is to help our pupils to keep safe and look after themselves.