How do we implement our PSHE curriculum?
We teach Twinkl Life’s PSHE scheme of work in thematic units, which consist of six lessons. These units are taught in a spiral curriculum that revisits each theme every two years. This enables children to recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of the child. Lessons also signpost key words, building a rich vocabulary to develop understanding. In addition, children are encouraged to use their Literacy skills to explain in detail what they think about each aspect of the PSHE curriculum.
We deliver this scheme in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games with groups of various sizes, the intention of this is to overcome our ‘communication and language’ barrier to learning. These activities enable children to build confidence and resilience, which is another barrier to learning at St Margaret’s. Resources are shared with parents with suggestions for extending the learning at home. In addition, we teach a 'Building Resilience' programme to each class, which consists of 7 lessons focusing on how to develop resilience in all aspects of learning. Children are able to articulate what it means both orally and in writing, which develops their communication and language skills.
Each lesson begins with a discussion of children’s existing knowledge and experience, providing an opportunity for baseline assessment. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect upon learning.