At Wellow Primary, we believe the role of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) is significant to individual pupil motivation and achievement; it teaches children to make independent, healthy, confident and respectful choices in order to develop into active citizens with a strong, positive disposition and self-worth. PSHE enables children to acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes they need to manage their lives. As a subject, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of the local and global society in which they live. Through the PSHE curriculum, the pupils of Wellow Primary School are provided with opportunities to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through: cooperation, communication, evaluation, reflection, decision making and managing their emotions. The children learn about their human rights and engage with issues of diversity, identity and equality through exploration of similarities and differences between people and their experiences, and the discussion of social and moral dilemmas. The causes and consequences of economic inequalities are explored and children consider how use, abuse and inequalities of power from local to global levels can affect the well-being of individuals and communities.
At Wellow Primary School, delivery of the PSHE curriculum is taught following the guidelines provided by Hampshire County Council as well as the PSHE Association (see whole school overview for thematic plan). Teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies, including role play, discussion, group work and circle time as a vehicle for delivering, discussing and reflecting on life skills.
Through regular assemblies led by members of staff and visits from outside experts and agencies, including representatives from a variety of charities, PHSE is embedded into the daily life of the school. These activities, combined with teacher-led discussion, circle time and informal talks about issues as they arise, mean that learning in this vitally important curriculum area is always relevant to what is happening in class, school or the wider world.