R.S.H.E. at Lower Meadow
At Lower Meadow Primary, where there are many challenges for our children within the local community, PSHE is an integral part of our curriculum, supporting our children to develop both their physical and mental health in order to become successful at every stage of their lives.
The curriculum focuses on the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy where connections are made with Science and PE. We support children to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives. These work alongside our Trust values of Happiness, Empathy and Tenacity. This is complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty.
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to our PSHE curriculum. We aim to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. We know that children and young people are increasingly experiencing challenges, and that young people are at particular risk of feeling lonely or overwhelmed. We strive to give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise. Whole school approaches to self-regulation and validating all feelings are used to complement the PSHE curriculum.
We have developed our RSHE curriculum through consultation with parents and identification of key issues within our local area, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community.
The PSHE curriculum builds on the Early Years Foundation Stage Personal, Social and Emotional Development where children start to explore their own feelings, develop skills of playing along others and resilience to continue with challenging activities, alongside development of their self-care abilities. Our PSHE Curriculum is adapted so that all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and our children in the Hearing Impaired Integrated Resource are to achieve the same outcomes as their peers through a variety of delivery methods.