Our intention is that when children leave Thomas Harding, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.
Our PSHE curriculum is logically sequenced and develops learning over time, which results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
At Thomas Harding Junior School, PSHE lessons is based upon the PSHE Association's scheme of work. Our Curriculum plans have been adapted to ensure that we develop our pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding around the three core themes of: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
Our curriculum is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, which is planned to expand pupils’ understanding of the overarching concepts and the development of essential skills and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Our planning includes statutory and non statutory content, and where applicable, this has been selected and adapted to ensure that it is relevant and appropriate to our ASPIRE ethos and the bespoke needs of our pupils.
Furthermore, our school teaches Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) using the Christopher Winter Project resources during the Summer term. RSE lessons at Thomas Harding give the children essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful relationships and staying safe both on and offline.
Each class is taught PSHE for one hour each week; using a range of teaching strategies which include:
Throughout the year, we hold themed weeks and days which highlight key themes and revisit concepts to help children know more and remember more, for example:
By the time our children leave Thomas Harding Junior school they will: