Curriculum Intent Statement 2021/22
At St Luke’s, our children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are paramount to everything we do. Through the teaching and learning of PSHE, we create a learning environment where every child is given a voice to share their thoughts and opinions about themselves, the community they live in and the wider world, in a safe setting where everyone is listened to, respected and treated fairly. We regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos.
The PSHE curriculum is split into five key areas as shown below. Our aim is to revisit the 5 key areas throughout KS1 and KS2. Each time a key area is revisited, it is covered with greater depth and increasing maturity. Upon returning to each key area, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build on previous foundations.
The Academy follows the Kapow Primary scheme of work which fulfils the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education set out by the Department for Education. It also fulfils the National Curriculum requirement to teach PSHE and goes beyond the statutory requirements by referring to the PSHE Association Programme of Study (recommended by the Department for Education.)
Each unit of learning begins with a pre-task. This enables the Teaching staff to judge the children’s starting points and plan accordingly. Lessons generally start with an intention grabber followed by a main event that involves a story, video, presentation and lots of discussion. Sessions end with a wrap-up whereby the children reflect on what they have learnt, what they have discussed and what they hope to achieve.
In addition to these sessions, all members of the school community take part in a weekly learning forum. This gives all our children the opportunity to contribute and discuss their ideas and viewpoints to issues that concern the whole school.
Other special activities include residential trips (where pupils have the opportunity to work together in a different context) and visiting speakers are used to enhance the PSHE curriculum. Other curriculum areas also contribute to the teaching of PSHE most significantly Science, Physical Education, ICT and R.E.
During each unit, informal judgements against specific learning objectives are made through observations, what has been discussed/asked, the work produced and through any end of unit activities.
The Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage PSHE is covered through the PSED strands of the Early Years Framework which is split into three areas, Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness and Managing Feelings and Behaviour. These areas are interwoven throughout all areas of the Early Years curriculum and are a focus throughout the year.
Our pupils will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens that are destined to make a difference to the world we live in.
Here are a few examples of what our children have achieved so far!