Rushen Primary School

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Rushen Primary School Personal, Social and Health Education.

Personal, Social and Health Education (hereafter denoted as PSHE) is the promotion of personal qualities, skills, attitudes and values which enable individuals to think for themselves, manage relationships with others, understand moral issues, accept responsibilities and prepare to play an active role as citizens.


We aim to promote and establish:

• high self esteem and motivation in all pupils

• an ethos of co-operation and sharing

• taking responsibility for one’s own actions and surroundings

• an atmosphere of mutual self-respect between pupils and staff

• respect for others and their property

• a kind and caring atmosphere in which all members of the school community can flourish

• the attitudes and behaviours that encourage being a good citizen contribute positively to the community

• a healthier, safer lifestyle


The children will learn:

• the importance of valuing oneself and others

• the importance of listening

• about the range of human emotions and how to manage them effectively

• co-operation with others in work and play

• the importance of taking responsibility, both in and out of the classroom

• to respect others and their property, opinions and lifestyles

• courtesy and kindness towards others

• the role, importance and dangers related to drugs and medicines in everyday life

• how to make simple choices that will enable them to adopt a healthier and safer lifestyle

• to recognise the difference between right and wrong and how to make sensible choices

• that they belong to a variety of groups and communities

• simple rules governing behaviour at school.

The Whole School Approach

All adults in the school community (staff, governors, education support officers, lunch time supervisors, volunteers) work as role models towards shared goals, ensuring that children learn appropriate values and attitudes, using a positive and consistent approach. The children are encouraged to develop independence, self-reliance, fairness, perseverance and respect.

Ways of Working

Time is allocated each term for the teaching of PSHE. Whole school themes are set and explored in school assemblies using the Primary Assemblies for SEAL pack.


The children are encouraged to verbalise ideas and opinions as they progress through the school. Children are encouraged to move their thinking from concrete topics (e.g. “Why am I special?”) to those requiring more complex consideration (e.g. “Recognising and dealing with anger and fear”).

Equal Opportunities

We intend that the curriculum of PSHE will be available to all pupils. We will modify work appropriately for pupils with special educational needs so that they are included in all activities. We aim to provide equal opportunities for all pupils regardless of gender, race or religious background.


We will:

• promote understanding of different cultures by using suitable artefacts, books, music and information about other religious festivals and customs

• offer the whole curriculum to pupils with special education needs, using information from parents and support services to inform our planning

• foster positive images of disability using reference books and stories and the children’s own experiences

• promote high self esteem in all children

• offer the same education and social experiences regardless of gender or race

• avoid stories which contain images of stereotyping

• demonstrate high expectations of all pupils

Heath Education Aims:

We aim to:

• promote quality of life and the physical, social and mental well-being of the individual

• provide information about what is safe and what is harmful • provide a safe and healthy environment in which to work and play • show children how human beings develop and grow • provide a role model as a whole staff


The children will learn:

• that all medicines are drugs but not all drugs are medicines

• the dangers of some substances and how they should be used and stored properly

• that humans grow and that babies have specific needs

• to be aware of their rights over their own bodies, understanding about good and bad touches

• that there are different kinds of family unit

• safety issues at home, school and outside

• when, who and how to get help from adults

• that regular exercise and a balanced diet lead to a healthy lifestyle

• the benefits of healthy choices through our fruit only policy for break times

• that there is a wide variety of foods to choose from and that some foods are more healthy than others

• to practise simple personal hygiene

• about common illnesses and how to avoid the spread of germs

• the effects of alcohol and tobacco on the body, and the issues involving their advertisement

• how to follow a set of instructions

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