At Greenacres, it is our goal to imbue our children with the knowledge, skills and experiences that will set them on the path to realising their dreams and achieving their potential. We aim to prepare them for life in today’s and tomorrow’s society: in the local community, in the wider United Kingdom, the globalised world and in their digital lives online. We want to help them understand and empathise with all the other people that they will meet as well as those whom they will never meet. We must equip them with the mental tools to cope with the social and emotional pressures that they will encounter in education and beyond.
Using Coram Life Education’s SCARF, our PSHE curriculum covers all aspects of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development), RSE (relationships and sex education) and health education required by law, delivered through a sensitive and content-rich programme. When particular issues arise (such as bullying, for example), teachers can use the planning tool to select specific issues and address them with age-appropriate lessons.
In whole school assemblies, we explore various issues in relation to British Values and the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), including SMSC, SRE or current affairs. These are explored through stories, explanations and discussions. A local reverend visits the school once a month to deliver assemblies of a Christian character.
BBC Newsround is watched daily in classrooms, prompting questioning and discussions from inquisitive children. This provides a trustworthy source of news and information, as well as allowing children to engage with current affairs and stories that will interest them.
Our Year 6 Health Champions help to organise termly event days to promote physical and mental wellbeing, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles across the school.
Because of its essential importance to our children’s lives, PSHE is one of the subjects that is taught weekly, throughout the year, most whereas other foundation subjects are blocked.