PSHE Statement of Intent
Personal, Social and Health Education is fully underpinned by our Christian values and the belief that all of God’s children are wonderfully and uniquely made, they are valued, known and loved by God in all of their intricacies. As such, our PSHE curriculum has been developed to both inspire our children’s knowledge and develop skills that will enable them to thrive personally and socially in an ever-changing and challenging world.
Our curriculum prepares our children in developing an understanding of the importance of caring for and taking responsibility for themselves, their families and both local and wider communities that they are a part of. It prepares them to manage life’s challenges and the critical opportunities that they will encounter as they grow up. Our curriculum promotes an understanding of British values of democracy: the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and acceptance of those of other faiths and beliefs so that they can feel prepared for life in modern day Britain.
Knightlow’s PSHE curriculum is taught discretely, but cross-curricular links are developed to support the children in making connections to wider learning opportunities and life experiences. Staff also weave learning from current affairs into the curriculum – maximising opportunities to discuss difficult and challenging situations along with opportunities to deal with and learn from day-to-day complexities that arise as a part of everyday school life.
Our curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum so that key themes and learning is rooted, revisited and built upon to embed and develop understanding as pupils grow and mature through their time at Knightlow. A combination of resources from LCP, Heartsmart and The Taking Care Project are at the core of our curriculum. Strategies such as circle-time and use of a personal learning journal are used to support children to become reflective and interdependent learners.
Children's Mental Health Week
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week was ‘Express Yourself.’ During the week our learning focused on helping the children to identify, understand, explore and connect with their emotions, in order to have the tools to express themselves through language and creative arts.
Over the course of the week we explored over 40 different emotions across the school, building the children’s emotional literacy and equipping them with skills to:
Everyone in the Knightlow Family learnt an Express yourself song and dance (choreographed by our brilliant Year 6s) and dressed up to ‘EXPRESS THEMSELVES’ and my goodness what a resplendent vision they were!!