At Gosforth Junior High Academy we look to follow three key themes across the PSHCE curriculum with all of the units of study fitting under one or more of the following;
- Health and Wellbeing
- Relationships and Sex Education
- Living in the Wider World.
PSHCE education at both KS2 & KS3 is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The topics covered across the key stages are designed to help pupils reflect on key issues and ideas that occur locally and globally. The Key Stage 2 curriculum complements Key Stage 3, allowing students to explore further key issues in society or about themselves.
RSE and Health Education will be taught through PSHCE lessons, which are weekly for year 7 and 8 students and fortnightly for year 5 and 6 students. A scheme of work giving details of the RSE content is set out in our RSE Policy. Although there are dedicated lessons given to the delivery of RSE, the subject matter of RSE and Health education will, from time to time, be integrated into the wider teaching of PSHCE and supported through the school assembly programme.
PSHCE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be sociable and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHCE is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on, and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHCE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build on their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.