At Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy, children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority, and PSHE is the key vehicle through which we share this with children. We regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum giving the children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
PSHE is taught in a variety of ways through dedicated curriculum time, specialised assemblies and within other subjects. We cover many aspects of PSHE within our curriculum and it is complementary to our Christian Values.
We follow the HeartSmart programme to enhance our learning building resilience, emotional intelligence and active empathy in the hearts of our children. With the help of Boris the robot we follow these themes over the year:
Don’t Forget to Let Love in!
We want our children to know that they are valued, that they are one in a million and that they are loved. We want them to consider who in their life makes them feel safe, valued and loved as well as understanding that God is a God of love who created them to be loved by Him. This assembly explores the way in which they understand that they’re loved by looking at the 5 love languages. We want children to reflect on their value and grow in self-acceptance and love.
Too much Selfie Isn’t Healthy!
There are 7.4 billion people in the world. We want the children to know that they are loved but being Heartsmart is about loving others too, as Jesus says, “love your neighbour as yourself”. We want our children to explore the happiness that comes by thinking about themselves less and considering others more. We want to create a culture defined by empathy.
Don’t Rub it in, Rub it Out!
We want children to know that when they get hurt they often want to get even. The drive to make things fair is strong. They want to rub it in, get their own back, let that person know that they’re not ok. But this ends up hurting themselves. The only way through hurt is to rub it out. Forgiveness is the best gi3 that they can give themselves and it’s an important theme in the Bible, it even finds it’s way into the LORD’s prayer.
Fake is a Mistake!
We want our children to consider why they tell lies and the consequence when they do. Telling the truth requires courage, nevertheless we want children to choose to resolve to tell the truth always. We want them to understand that this not only shows love towards others but also towards themselves and to God. Telling the truth is the cornerstone of true friendship.
‘No Way Through’ isn’t True!
We want our children to know that when they face challenging situations, they don’t need to give up. We want them to know that there is always a way through. In every situation, maths, reading, friendship there is an opportunity for children to respond with hope. We want them to know that the first part of finding the solution and way through is by believing that there is one. We want the children to grow in perseverance and to put this into practice in the classroom.