Personal, Social and Health Education
At Southwater Junior Academy, personal, social and health education (PSHE) is an integral part of our curriculum, and we focus on educating children holistically. The curriculum has been designed to meet the new Relationships, Sex and Health education guidance published recently by the Department for Education. Our lessons are one part of our extensive offer to pupils in preparing them for the transition to secondary school and future adult life. Across each year, children learn through the topics of ‘democracy’, ‘families & households’, ‘relationships’ and ‘health’. Lessons provide pupils with the opportunities to explore key questions which both challenge and enhance their own ideas and opinions. As a result, discussion plays a pivotal and central role in PSHE lessons, supported by a variety of activities which encourage pupils to develop the qualities that they need to thrive as individuals and members of our wider school community.
Alongside our well-planned and sequenced lessons, which deepen the children’s understanding during their time here at SJA, pupils are exposed to many extra-curricular opportunities and experiences, such as our performances and residential trips. Furthermore, teachers can enhance the planned curriculum to meet the needs of their classes, explore special events or welcome visitors to deepen their understanding of the world. ‘Thought for the Week’, which focuses on our core values of kindness, resilience and working hard is also covered in assemblies and class discussions. We enjoy a ‘values’ day every term. Our PSHE curriculum allows us to develop and improve the wellbeing of pupils in our care and ensure that they have a sense of belonging in our community, improving both their personal and academic development.