Personal Social Health Economic Education
A strong PSHE curriculum and a focus on positive physical, emotional and mental health and well-being is a key element of learning at Ash Grove Academy, starting with our very youngest children in EYFS when meeting their Personal, Social and Emotional Development needs. PSHE is recognised as a key subject area and is a high priority across whole-school initiatives, and our curriculum design has our children’s health, well-being and personal development at its heart.
It has been designed to meet the DfE statutory requirements for Relationship Education and Health Education, and is built around progressive units of work based on the PSHE Association Primary Toolkit. Through our curriculum, we aim to explicitly promote positive personal attributes, such as resilience, confidence, honesty and ambition. We believe that it is important children understand what it means to have ‘good character’ and personal and social responsibility, as well as how to recognise these skills and attributes in themselves and others, in order to prepare them for life in modern Britain.
Our PSHE curriculum headings for each term mirror the Primary Toolkit’s three key strands, with each strand being delivered from Y1 - Y6 for the whole term:
- LIVING IN THE WIDER WORLD
- HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Online safety is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum and is addressed in specific lesson content across the year; online safety is also a key unit of work in our Computing curriculum delivered in the autumn term (see separate curriculum tab). Through this work, each class draws up their Online Safety Charter to keep them safe online, and this is referred to through subsequent units and whenever relevant. The PSHE Association SEND Planning Framework is used by teachers in the planning cycle and is referred to when setting appropriate EHCP pastoral targets for children with SEND. The bespoke, spiral approach of our PSHE curriculum supports children of all abilities to build on prior learning and revisit key concepts, essential life skills, and positive attributes in a deeper and more complex way as they grow and develop during their time with us. Our aim is to enable the children of Ash Grove Academy to feel prepared for life after primary school and to become healthy, active, engaged and risk-aware citizens of the future.