Our school values of Caring, Confident, Polite, Proud, Supportive and Successful sit at the heart of our curriculum and are the essential foundations for our children to achieve their best, academically and socially. At Curdridge, we understand the growing need to prepare our children for life and all of the challenges it brings. Our ultimate goal is that every child should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to manage their lives now and in the future.
In order to do this, a high quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education curriculum is a vital part of their development.
At Curdridge we use SCARF, a comprehensive scheme of work for PSHE and wellbeing education that also covers all of the DfE's statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education, including non-statutory Sex Education.
SCARF is designed as a comprehensive, spiral curriculum, with all year groups working on the same theme at the same time. As PSHE is taught in mixed-age classes, the ‘SCARF’ lessons (which are aimed at single year groups) have been sequenced as appropriate across a two-year cycle. In Year 4 and UKS2, Health and Relationships is taught in single-year groups to ensure it is age appropriate.
Class teachers follow the suggested six half termly units provided by SCARF for each year.
The themed units are:
includes content on feelings, emotions, conflict resolution and friendships;
a focus on respectful relationships and British values;
looking at keeping ourselves healthy and safe;
learning about money, living in the wider world and the environment;
developing skills in keeping healthy, developing a growth mindset (resilience), goal-setting and achievement;
finding out about the human body, the changes that take place from birth to old age and being safe.
Children are encouraged to engage in activities that promote an understanding of themselves as growing and changing individuals, and as members of a wider community, based on their own first hand experiences. These activities also encourage pupils to understand how their choices and behaviours can affect others. Teaching strategies are varied according to task and intention.
Children’s emotional health and wellbeing has a huge impact on their ability to learn and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of both the taught curriculum and overall school ethos are explored throughout the SCARF resources.
Throughout the school year, we incorporate PSHE into our assemblies. We hold a special weekly Celebration Assembly where children are rewarded for demonstrating our core values and a wide range of achievements. Other assemblies throughout the week support the learning and messages from the PSHE curriculum and issues which are important to the children. We make an effort to instil British Values through taking part in a variety of celebrations and fundraising events for charity. We also have themed days within school, encouraging our children to take our learning out of the classroom and into the wider world e.g. Anti-Bullying Week and Children’s Mental Health Week. We include visitors from the wider community to reinforce our messages whenever appropriate, such as the police and SCARF workshop providers.
Our children will have the skills and confidence needed to help them find their voice and to make informed choices and decisions.
They will be able to relate what they have learned in school to everyday life and the decisions they take.
They will be able to listen to and respect the views of others, whilst being confident to think through and assert their own.
They will be able to build effective interpersonal relationships that demonstrate mutual respect and show a caring attitude towards others.
Formative assessment – teacher’s strong subject knowledge and understanding of pupils means that the main method of curriculum assessment we employ is formative assessment.
Pupil voice – discussions with pupils about learning, and their spiritual and moral development. Pupils will demonstrate compassion to their peers, community and the natural environment.
Pupil behaviour – children will show that they are enjoying learning in PSHE and that work has been pitched appropriately through their behaviour and attitudes during lessons.
Below you will find our long term overview for PSHE and examples of SCARF plans, taken from the unit 'Valuing difference'.
YR-Y6 PSHE long term overview
The document below summarises the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Curriculum for primary school children.
It is important to note however, that the Statutory Guidance sets out what MUST be covered, not everything that we feel should be covered in our schools. Our PSHE education curriculum covers, and goes beyond, this statutory guidance e.g. economic wellbeing.