Part of the Faculty of Religion and Values
- Miss S. Wilde
- Miss E. Heath
At Milton Primary Academy, our academy motto is ‘Together We Achieve Our Best’. We facilitate this through the teaching and learning of PSHE and by encouraging our pupils to become independent, responsible citizens who show an awareness of what is morally right and wrong. Our PSHE curriculum aims to equip pupils with a deep understanding of and develop the skills of social interaction and moral beliefs. In addition to this, we aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge of how to manage their own and others’ emotions in a sensitive and productive way.
Principles of Outstanding PSHE
These are the ‘Principles of Outstanding PSHE’ at Milton Primary Academy. They were devised and agreed by the children and staff in January 2020, informed by the way we feel that PSHE should be taught across the Academy.
Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about PSHE.
Principle 2: Children lead their own learning, asking and answering their own philosophical questions in a respectful manner.
Principle 3: Children take personal responsibility for their own development with the aim of becoming confident in challenging what is right and wrong.
Principle 4: Teachers introduce children to a range of PSHE terminology, which they use confidently when asking and answering questions.
Principle 5: Children demonstrate HUGE goals as they strive to become respectful, independent citizens.
Principle 6: Children develop an awareness of their emotions and equip themselves with strategies to manage them effectively.
PSHE Subject Leader
My name is Miss Heath and I am the PSHE subject leader at Milton Primary Academy. My role is to ensure that the teaching and learning of PSHE across the academy is consistent and engaging whilst supporting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. For me, it is imperative that all pupils develop an awareness of their emotions and the emotions of others, whilst becoming fully equipped with strategies to deal with problems they face as they grow and mature. Alongside this, I believe that it is absolutely crucial that our pupils at Milton Primary Academy are respectful, empathetic and tolerant of current issues within today’s world and society. With this in mind, my role is to ensure that all teachers provide safe and stimulating environments that promote these attitudes within their PSHE lessons and beyond.
I do everything that I can to ensure that PSHE is taught well throughout the school, is well resourced, and is updated regularly in line with national guidance and to ensure that it meets the need of every individual child. In view of this, we have introduced a new PSHE scheme, Jigsaw, in-line with the Government’s commitment to making health education and relationships education/RSE compulsory from summer 2021. We will continue to strive to meet and excel in all aspects of this PSHE curriculum.
Finally, I proud that adults and children alike are treated with and treat each other with respect in our academy community. The ethos that we foster holistically links with PSHE as ‘Together We Achieve Our Best’ and our academy’s Big 5 values of bouncebackability, positivity, HUGE goals, personal responsibility and understanding our impact all tie with the key values of PSHE education.
At Milton Primary Academy we aim to provide an PSHE curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It stimulates curiosity, inspires the practise of fundamental British Values and encourages children to be philosophical in considering and sharing their views.
Ongoing PSHE experiences and opportunities are planned from the objectives set out in the Early Year Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged 3-5 at Milton Primary Academy. –
Ongoing PSHE experiences allow children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others whilst forming positive relationships and respect for others. By the end of the Reception year, children will:
- Try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others
- Speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities.
- Say when they do or don’t need help.
- Talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable.
- Work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules.
- Adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
- Play co-operatively, taking turns with others, and take account of one another’s ideas.
- Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
KS1 and KS2:
The National Curriculum states that ‘Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the national curriculum.’
The Primary National Curriculum for PSHE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- are taught the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults.
- are taught how to respect others in an age-appropriate way
- are taught about positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how friendships can support emotional wellbeing.
- understand what sorts of boundaries are appropriate in friendships with peers and others (including in a digital context)
Cross Curricular Links with PSHE
Fundamentally, everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our PSHE curriculum at Milton Primary therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning.
English (inc. Reading):In English, our writing allows us to explore texts from different perspectives and we often re-write chapters from the viewpoint of a different character, write diary entries as a particular character and use hot-seating to question the characters within the texts. These activities in our English lesson consolidate our PSHE learning by allowing us to focus on the feelings of the characters and empathise with them. During these activities, pupils are also given the opportunity to develop their speaking, listening and communication skills as well as their increasing their confidence of performing in front of their peers.
Computing: As many of our pupils at Milton Primary Academy are able to proficiently access and utilise a range of digital technologies, it is crucial that online safety is taught explicitly and through our PSHE curriculum. Online safety, e-safety and bullying are all pertinent area of both the PSHE curriculum and computing curriculum. In addition to themed events, specific teaching enables children to feel safe online and understand how they and others can be influenced, raising their awareness of positive and negative relationships, how to stay safe and who to speak to if they wish to share concerns.
SMSC and British Values: SMSC, British Values and PSHE are all valuable subjects that work side by side at Milton Primary Academy. Each subject is interwoven with the others and also throughout daily life at our academy. On a weekly basis, KS1 and KS2 assemblies are focused on current issues in the world which link directly to one of the key British Values. During these assemblies, teachers encourage pupils to be curious, ask questions and share their personal opinions. Pupils are also able to reflect on each assembly during their PSHE lessons, again providing them with plentiful opportunities to develop empathy, respect and an understanding of what is right and wrong. Themed events, such as anti-bullying week, NSPCC fundraiser days, Red Nose Day and World Mental Health Day, all link to SMSC, British Values and the PSHE curriculum. Each event encourages pupils to develop an awareness of, empathy for and strategies to support others as well as themselves.
Educational Visits and Enrichment
At Milton Primary Academy we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of PSHE. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first-hand experiences in the real-world.
Whole School Enrichment and Clubs:
Whole school enrichment is key to fulfilling the purpose and aims of our PSHE curriculum. Themed events, such as Anti-Bullying Week, NSPCC fundraiser days, Red Nose Day and World Mental Health Day, link to SMSC, British Values and the PSHE curriculum.
During the last academic year, our pupils also raised an amazing £1000 to donate to the Donna Louise Trust through a series of ‘sleepovers’. The events were planned by a small group of pupils who were eager to raise as much money as possible. This incredible fundraiser is an excellent example of how our pupils are encouraged to become positive contributors to our local community. The event also encouraged pupils to develop an awareness of local issues, empathy for and strategies to support others as well as themselves.
In addition, our academy provides pupils with assemblies, visitors and activities which aim to develop pupils’ personal, social and health education. For example, our KS2 pupils were recently informed about the roles and responsibilities of young carers through an assembly hosted by an organisation which supports young carers in our local community. A mindfulness club was also held last term to support our pupils’ personal and social development. The club provided the pupils with an awareness of mental wellbeing as well as strategies to improve their mental health. At the end of the term, the pupils produced their own posters to encourage and support others with mental health issues. This club was a huge success and it was encouraging to see our pupils become so aware of the importance of keeping their minds healthy, as well as their bodies.
At Milton Primary Academy we believe that the view of every pupil is important to ensure that we provide the best education possible. Here is a selection of pupil voice collected during the 2019/20 academic year, and in some cases, what we are doing / have done to improve the PSHE education that we provide.
Noah in Year 1 said… “I enjoyed wearing yellow for Children In Need and have also enjoyed voting to choose our Parliament members!”
Megan in Year 4 said… “I particularly enjoy discussion lessons where I can share my opinions about different topics.”
Stanley in Year 4 said.. “I’d like to learn more about politics.”
Stanley said it… we did it!! During Democracy Week, each class will have the chance to learn lots about Parliament and debating. You will even host your own debate in and use a political voting method to choose a topic to debate!
Year 6 said… “Can we have more visitors, like the police, fire service, nurses, politicians, engineers and designers who can tell us about their roles?”
Year 6 said it… we did it!! As part of careers week, Miss Redford will host a careers fair and invite lots of visitors from a range of different jobs in both the public and private sectors. Everyone in Year 6 will be given the opportunity to ask lots of questions and enquire about their roles and the importance of their jobs.
Please see below a selection of documents that relate to the intent, implementation, and impact of PSHE teaching and learning at Milton Primary Academy. If you require any additional information relating to this subject, then please contact the subject leader, Miss E. Heath, via the academy office (firstname.lastname@example.org).