PSHE

P.S.H.E / Citizenship at Alt Bridge

Curriculum Intent

The PSHCE Curriculum offer is planned around the three key National Curriculum requirements of health and wellbeing, the wider world and relationships. The curriculum offer is to ensure that our students are well prepared for adulthood and are set up to achieve personal success in their chosen pathways

To help them to do this there is a strong emphasis on helping pupils to be well informed and stay safe through topics such as safety, sex and relationships, media and technology, bullying and peer pressure, friendship /getting along with others and street safe (knives, gangs and guns). By equipping pupils with this knowledge we are preparing our pupils to contribute positively to society

The PSHCE curriculum offer also provides a wealth of extracurricular opportunities which engage and motivate students which promote a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health now and into adulthood.

Pupils are encouraged to recognise that learning is a lifelong pursuit for example pupils will learn in the classroom but learning will continue e.g. as a parent or learning new job skills or social development through relationships with others into adulthood.

The PSHCE Curriculum offer helps the School to meets the requirements from September 2020 to provide statutory sex and relationship education. The PSHCE Curriculum also contributes to whole School intentions around its statutory requirement to promote British values, E safety and safeguarding pupils both through lesson content and planned events which are also listed below

The PSHCE Curriculum offer has a crucial role in promoting the values set out in the School ethos statement that was updated in September 2019.

The 5 steps to achieve good mental health and wellbeing in the School ethos is incorporated into the PSHCE Curriculum offer.

The five steps to good mental health and wellbeing

Connect– connect with the people around you through positive relationships that are characterised by trust, certainty and positivity

The PSHCE curriculum offer includes units on Self-esteem and resilience in Year 7, Friendships / community in Year 8 , Careers and enterprise in Year 9 and sex and relationships in Year 10 all helping pupils to make the most of opportunities that present themselves through life . Knowledge that will help them to make positive connections with others in for example employment and relationships.

PSCHE Lessons also use different Teaching styles and activities such as group work, class discussion, paired work, team games, quizzes and role play which help promote positive relationships by giving opportunities for pupils to connect with others and promoting social skills into.

The PSHCE curriculum offer prepares pupils for the responsibilities they will face in the future through units such as Drugs in Year 9, Sex and relationships in Year 10 with work on consent, the law and resisting peer pressure. There are also units on Media and Technology in Year 10 on appropriate use of social media and preparing pupils for the challenges of parenthood and living an independent life in the units taught in Year 11.

The PSHCE curriculum offer equips pupil with skills to help them make positive choices though their experiences in life and how and where to seek further support through units such as

Peer pressure/ bullying in Year 7 e.g. learning assertive techniques

Mental Health in Year 11 look at organisations such as CALM

Street safe in Year 10 (including work on radicalisation)

Learning in the classroom is enhanced by School visitors. Bully busters held assemblies for all pupils recognising different types of bullying in February 2020 followed by a workshop for a smaller group to offer further support and guidance in March 2020

Be active– Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life

The PSHCE curriculum offer includes half a term study on the following topics around keeping active

Healthy lifestyles Diet exercise and sleep Year 7 and the Mental Health unit in Year 11 encourages pupils to find a hobby or activity they enjoy that can have a positive impact on mental health into adulthood.

Keep learning– learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence

The PSHCE curriculum offer is designed to develop skills and knowledge for pupils to lead safer and happier lives into adulthood.

Healthy lifestyles Year 7 (an awareness of balanced diet)

Media and Technology 9 (pupils learn how to work safely online)

First aid Year 11 (pupils practice CPR recovery techniques)

Give to others– even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word

The PSHCE curriculum offer includes a recognition of how our positive actions can impact on others

Friendships / getting along with others Year 7

Sex and relationships Year 10 (see difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships)

Be mindful– be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. The PSHCE curriculum offer encourages pupils to develop the skills to overcome difficulties.

Self-esteem / resilience Year 7

The PSHCE curriculum offer included a recent visit from an injured war veteran from the Blesma charity who presented an assembly on resilience for all Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils in January 2020 followed by a workshop for year 9 pupils.

The PSHCE Curriculum Sex and relationship education includes work on STI`s, peer pressure and contraception and promotes resilience and assertiveness.

The PSHCE Curriculum offer also has a vital role to play in many whole school intentions all designed to prepare pupils for leading productive and purposeful lives.

Equality objectives

The PSHCE Curriculum offer Promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is done by celebrating the wide diversity of our pupils and educating them about discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ability. These units help pupils to have a greater understanding of living in multicultural Britain.

These units include

Festivals and celebration in Year 7 (recognising and celebrating cultural difference)

Bullying and peer pressure in Year 7

Equality and respecting difference in Year 9

CITIZENSHIP Human rights and identity in Year 11 (regional UK culture and positive impact of immigrants on the cultural fabric of UK)

Online safety

Children need guidance in developing their own set of responsible behaviours to keep them safe when online. Skills that will equips them into adulthood .The PSHCE Curriculum offer includes units on

Bullying and Peer pressure Year 7

Friendships / getting along with others Year 8

Media and Technology Year 10

Body Image and body care Year 10 (e.g. photo shopping techniques used online)

British values

The PSHCE curriculum offer also helps the School to meet the statutory requirement to promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and

mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith. This helps prepares pupils for the future as UK citizens with rights and responsibilities such as voting, working , paying taxes and the use of free speech.

The PSHCE curriculum offer includes units on

Year 7

CITIZENSHIP Democracy and Parliament

Year 8

CITIZENSHIP Civil liberties and participation

Year 9

CITIZENSHIP Law and Justice

Year 10

CITIZENSHIP Government

Year 11

CITIZENSHIP Human rights and identity

A visit from George Howarth MP who took part in a question and answer session with Year 10 and 11 pupils in January 2020 reinforces the values of free speech, democracy and individual liberty.

Safeguarding

The PSHE Curriculum offer equips pupils with the skills and knowledge to lead safer lives into adulthood.

Visitors into School have helped pupils to develop new skills and confidence to resist potential harmful situations and reinforce safeguarding messages delivered in lessons these have included

A gambling awareness presentation to all year groups presented between October and December 2019

A safeguarding play called real voices performed by essential safeguarding about child criminal and sexual exploitation performed for all year 9, 10 and 11 pupil with a plenary in February 2020

A Criminal exploitation day presented by CELLS for all Year 9 on the impact of Crime with workshops on Prison life, exploitation, gangs and drugs which included assemblies , an interactive Prison cell and workshops with reformed offenders and victims of crime in March 2020

The PSHCE curriculum offer has been designed and is regularly adapted to meet pupils learning needs and prepare them for adulthood. Our offer is supported by enthusiastic and experienced teachers in the Department who use a variety of resources such as iPad apps, video clips, PowerPoints, interactive games and quizzes to engage pupils.

Pupils understanding is regularly assessed and feedback from pupils in the form of a questionnaire at the end of every unit helps inform the departments future planning.

Autumn-1          Introduction to drama / Pantomime
Spring          Pantomime / Greek Myths and Legends
Summer          Greek Myths and Legends / Goodnight Mr Tom

The PSHCE Curriculum offer is planned around the three key National Curriculum requirements of health and wellbeing, the wider world and relationships. The curriculum offer is to ensure that our students are well prepared for adulthood and are set up to achieve personal success in their chosen pathways

To help them to do this there is a strong emphasis on helping pupils to be well informed and stay safe through topics such as safety, sex and relationships, media and technology, bullying and peer pressure, friendship /getting along with others and street safe (knives, gangs and guns). By equipping pupils with this knowledge we are preparing our pupils to contribute positively to society

The PSHCE curriculum offer also provides a wealth of extracurricular opportunities which engage and motivate students which promote a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health now and into adulthood.

Pupils are encouraged to recognise that learning is a lifelong pursuit for example pupils will learn in the classroom but learning will continue e.g. as a parent or learning new job skills or social development through relationships with others into adulthood. 

The PSHCE Curriculum offer helps the School to meets the requirements from September 2020 to provide statutory sex and relationship education. The PSHCE Curriculum also contributes to whole School intentions around its statutory requirement to promote British values, E safety and safeguarding pupils both through lesson content and planned events which are listed below :

Real voices multi media play about sexual and criminal exploitation followed by actors plenary and Q and A

Gambling awareness workshop

A day’s workshop presented by the CELLS project about the dangers of gangs , drugs , the effects of crime on family , joint enterprise and the realities of Prison life . Pupils working with rehabilitated ex-offenders and victims of crime.

An injured war veteran from the BLESMA charity presenting an assembly on resilience followed by workshop

Presentation from BULLYBUSTERS with Q and A session        

Visits from Knowsley MP George Howarth with a Q and A session

Assembly presentation from candidates for Knowsley Youth Council and taking part in voting

Healthy Schools

A healthy school recognises the need to provide both a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning. A healthy school is one which is successful in helping students to do their best and build on their achievements.

Autumn Term Summer Term
Year-7 Settling into School Target setting Families Promoting self esteem Healthy lifestyles Diet and exercise Resolving conflict Festivals and celebrations
Year-8 Personal hygiene Safety Money Equality and diversity
Year-9 Drugs education Adolescence / puberty Bullying Equality and respecting difference Career education Our environment Housing and our local community
Year-10 Keeping healthy body image and body care Resisting peer pressure And anti social behavior Sex and relationships Being a good citizen Rights and responsibilities Government , elections and voting Global environmental issues
Year-11 Mental Health First aid Parenthood Relationships adapting to change Reconciliation and peace Independent living

Blesma

An organisation called BLESMA came into School and gave an assembly about resilience , overcoming barriers , self esteem and setting goals. The organisation supports injured soldiers. There was a very enjoyable workshop after the main assembly for Year 11`s where themes were explored further. Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions and hear about competing at the Invictus Games.

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