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Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

PSHCE and RSE Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

Curriculum Intent

At Colburn Community Primary School, we are committed to providing the children with an engaging and relevant Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education that is inclusive to all. At Colburn, our PSHCE curriculum aims to provide the children with a breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about their own health, wellbeing and relationships. This will enable the children to manage risks and challenges, and know when, who and how to ask for help. It is our intention to provide the children with the life-long skills that they need to become healthy, independent, resilient and responsible members of our school and community. Although PSHCE is taught through discreet lessons, it also underpins all activities, assemblies and educational visits that we provide for the children.


Curriculum Implementation

When teaching PSHCE, including RSE, we follow the SCARF scheme of learning created by Coram Life Education. This scheme splits the teaching of PSHCE/RSE into 6 units: Me and My Relationships; Valuing Difference; Keeping Myself Safe; Rights and Responsibilities; Being my Best; Growing and Changing. SCARF provides a progressive and comprehensive curriculum; each year the pupils cover the same themes, but new objectives are taught which build on, and develop, their prior knowledge, understanding and skills.

At Colburn School, we believe that cross-curricular teaching and learning allows the children to make links in their learning and apply their skills in different contexts. A successful Relationships Education and Health Education programme should be firmly embedded within the school’s framework for PSHE, The National Curriculum for Science and other supporting curriculum areas. There are many opportunities for cross-curriculum learning with clear links to PSHCE, for example in Science, P.E., Computing, English, Geography, RE and History. Appropriate topics in PSHE have been linked to topics in other curriculum areas. For example, in year 1 in Autumn 1, the children cover the Science topic ‘Animals including Humans’ this has been linked to the PSHE topic of Growing and Changing where the children learn about the inside of their bodies.  

When delivering the ‘Growing and Changing’ unit in year 5 and 6, which covers aspects of puberty (This includes aspects of the Science Curriculum), we will use the resources provided by SCARF. Prior to the delivery of any teaching about puberty, parents will be informed via a letter.


Curriculum Impact

At Colburn School, teachers make use of on-going formative assessment. This is used as a baseline to ensure that prior knowledge is identified, and it also identifies gaps and misconceptions within their learning. This will affect future planning and will ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of each individual. To do this, teachers will pose a question/scenario at the start of each topic and the children have to record (written/verbally) how they would respond and why. Children will then be given the same scenario at the end of the topic/session where they have to explain their new responses and why. There are a range of suggested activities in the SCARF scheme of learning and The North Yorkshire Entitlement framework for PSHCE which would support this, such as, draw and write activities where the children have to draw their response to different situations.




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