At Paxton Academy, through the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, we aim that every child is developed into a well-rounded individual who has the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life and work in modern Britain. Through promoting our school values (RESPECT) we ensure that all children develop the qualities and characteristics needed to thrive as individuals, family members and members of a diverse society.
Using Zones of Regulation to embed emotional literacy, children are able to confidently articulate their emotions, identify triggers that can have a positive and negative impact on how they feel and develop practical strategies to help them regulate their feelings.
We aim to:
· Equip children with the knowledge and understanding of what a healthy relationship is and what to do if they are worried about a relationship that they think is not healthy.
· Help pupils understand what is meant by positive and negative mental health, develop strategies to overcome negative mental health and where to get help from if they need it.
· Teach how to keep physically healthy and where to go for support if they need it.
· Teach what is meant by inclusion, equality, discrimination and prejudice in school and as well as the wider community.
· Support pupils in developing their resilience so that they are able to overcome setbacks and persevere with tasks they find challenging.
· Raise awareness of how to keep safe online, understanding what information to share on line, the legal ages for social media platforms and who to speak to if they are concerned about something which has happened online.
· Discuss strategies that can be used to resist peer pressure.
· Understand what money is, how people get money, what it is used for, how to manage it where to get support if they are concerned about money.
· Educate pupils on how to respect and care for their and other peoples bodies.
· Prepare pupils for puberty and adulthood.
At Paxton Academy, all children are given the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes mutual respect, develops their self-esteem and encourages them to be active learners. During PSHE lessons children cover a range of topics taught across three key themes, these are; relationships, living in the wider world and health and well-being. We follow statutory objectives listed in the Relationships and Sex Education Guidance by the Department for Education (2020). This states that primary schools should develop children’s understanding on what a respectful relationship is, with family and friends, in all contexts, including online platforms.