At Ardleigh Green Infant school the impact of learning PSHE develops our school idea of ‘An Adventure Park for the Mind’. Many elements of our PSHE curriculum support our pupils to have lively, enquiring minds, acquiring knowledge to help them be ‘Fit For Life’ during reflective discussions and tasks. We help pupils to foster an appreciation for their environment and understand the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations. We strive to teach self-discipline and resourcefulness so that they reach the highest standards of which they are capable; taking responsibility in their own learning. We hope on this journey pupils grow self-esteem and resilience when celebrating their personal achievements and learn to respect their own and their peers’ strengths and talents.
PSHE follows a progressive scheme across Key Stage One that builds on the areas of the EYFS and early teaching of Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Themes are revisited each year to build on prior knowledge and develop further age-appropriate discussions on issues of importance. Our teaching is also underpinned by our core values and communicated to pupils at any given opportunity.
- Excellence – We teach them how society is organised and governed. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.
- Enjoyment – We ensure our planning is purposeful and reflects the needs of our pupils, in order to create a safe learning environment where all children feel there is always someone to listen to them and who values them and the challenges they face.
- Respect – We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through our nominations of Play Buddies and School Ambassadors. We teach them about rights, respect and responsibilities.
- Equality – They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. In doing so we help develop their sense of self-worth.
Celebrations and Experiences
Above and beyond our curriculum planning we develop children’s application of skills through National Events, invite visitors into our school and arrange visits to broaden children’s personal and social learning beyond the classroom. Our nominated School Ambassadors support the Headteacher to deliver important messages and set positive examples across the school week to their peers and the wider community. Events and celebrations of these can be found by following our school Twitter account and typing in #agipshe or #agischoolambassadors