The teaching of PSHE in Reception is guided by 'Think Equal' which is a programme that support social and emotional development in the early years. It is rooted in mental health and social justice and aims to build a strong foundation for individual and societal progress. 'Think Equal' is fully aligned with the early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum and teaches 25 skills and competencies to help children through their Early Childhood Education.
Think Equal helps children learn, to:
- Manage their own emotions and impulsive behaviours
- Build their confidence and self-esteem
- Have empathy and show consideration for others
- Solve problems effectively and learn to resolve conflicts peacefully
- Build critical thinking skills and make responsible decisions
- Maintain healthy relationships and learn to collaborate
The PSHE curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 is guided by the PSHE Association's Thematic Programme of Study, which has three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World over the school year, with three topics per half term. This approach allows different year groups to work on similar themes at the same time, building a spiral programme year on year. The teaching of the PSHE curriculum draws upon a wide range of resources such as: 1decision, NSPPC, the Christopher Winter Project, Premier League Primary Stars, Just Finance Foundation's LifeSavers programme and Google's 'Be Internet Legends.'
Learning about the Equality Act (2010) is embedded across the school's curriculum (eg many of the texts used in English have been chosen to generate learning opportunities. It is also taught through direct teaching. For example: learning about different families, the effect of stereotypes and celebrating differences.