Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship

Our intention is that when children leave St Michael’s, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.

Our PSHCE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.  Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.

Our PSHCE curriculum is strategically woven into the fabric of our standing as a Church school.  We have made connections with our PSHCE themes and Core Christian Values which are taught through RE and Collective Worship.  We have also made links to Physical Education.

Our PSHCE Curriculum is well embedded into our culture, having had two years of professional support from the director of Yew Tree Youth Theatre (Sarah Osborne).   Sarah has worked part-time at our school delivering PSHCE sessions within a drama format so that children are considering situations by empathising directly rather than through pencil paper activities.

Furthermore, our PSHCE curriculum is being further developed through the appointment of an Assistant Headteacher who has recently acquired a Masters Degree in Mental Health Development.  This is an area that we wish to develop significantly over the next two years.

Our PSHCE Scheme of Work, Progression in Learning and links with other subjects can be viewed below: