What is PSHE?
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a very important part of our provision at Leven Valley and something that we are very much committed to. It helps to safeguard pupils, support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
PSHE provision is wide ranging from teaching children how to keep safe to drug education, financial education, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Alongside this, we seek to enable children to adopt a growth mindset whilst maintaining a healthy emotional balance.
To achieve this children take part in numerous activities and events throughout their time at Leven Valley all of which contribute to this growth and development. Here are some of the things that might include:
Kidsafe, Heartsmart, e-safety, RSE in Y5&6, Y6 Young Citizens, John Muir Award, circle time discussions, RE lessons, SUMA community food group, collective worship (assemblies), charity fundraising and awareness events, water safety including swimming and open water swimming, Everyone Together Afternoons, extra-curricular clubs, sports clubs, festivals and competitions, Bikeability, outdoor education and residentials, visits and visitors, Y6 transition to secondary schoool sessions, volunteering activities with local organisations and so on.
HeartsmartHeartSmart is a creative approach to delivering the PSHE Curriculum that primary schools use to build character, emotional health and resilience in children.
It equips them with foundational principles, skills, habits and mindset that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievement.
Boris, HeartSmart’s very own purpose-built Robot, provides a fun, interactive and dynamic way for children to explore their hearts, the very thing that makes them unique. Click here to watch a short video about Heartsmart.
Relationship and Sex Education
The overarching aim of Relationships and Sex Education in primary schools is to put in place the key building blocks of healthy and respectful relationships, focussing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online.
As a Church of England School, our Relationships Education is strongly linked to our core Christian values. Through our Relationships Education programme at Leven Valley C of E School, pupils learn:
- to cherish themselves and others as unique and wonderfully made;
- to recognise what a healthy relationship looks like and how to form healthy relationships, ensuring respect and dignity for themselves and others;
- how to live well together, including behaving well towards others, disagreeing well, forgiving and repairing broken relationships;
- how to keep themselves and others safe;
- how to make sense of the world around them (including an online world and the changes to their bodies);
- to develop the skills to express their own views and make their own informed decisions.
The focus of our teaching is on family (the importance and value of belonging to a loving family and the fact that families are all different); and friendships (the importance of having friends, knowing what it means to be a good friend, how to spot an issue and what to do about it, how to resolve issues and where to get help).
For many years now we have worked with Kidsafe UK to equip children with simple, yet effective skills to keep themselves safe from the various forms of abuse without shattering their innocence. The programme is delivered in the classroom setting with active participation from class teachers, usually for Year 3 and 4 children. The course material is always age-appropriate with key messages delivered through the use of a variety of media including song, rhyme and action, puppetry, group discussions and worksheets.
Established and operating in Cumbria and North Lancashire since 2002, Kidsafe deliver preventative child protection programmes to primary school children, with supporting workshops for their parents/carers.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs