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Ambition, Togetherness, Opportunity, Respect, Curiosity, Happiness

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PSHE is a planned programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.  It is central to all that we do in our school as it develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.  Children are encouraged and supported to develop independence, to voice their views and to work constructively with others.  


As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Our curriculum prepares children to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they develop in all subjects to practical, real-life situations, helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential. 


All our year groups have timetabled PSHE time but we encourage a cross-curricular approach to the development of PSHE skills and understanding. Class assemblies and circle time are used to listen to others and to be heard with the help of peers. Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures through participating in a variety of cultural events over the year. We promote an understanding of healthy living, enabling children to develop good eating habits, an awareness of harmful substances and know the importance of exercise. The Coram SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) programme is used as planning guidance by teachers. National guidance is followed in the teaching and learning of Relationships and Sex Education (see separate RSE policy).