At St Barnabas, our aim is to ensure that the wellbeing, happiness and safety of our children is a priority. PSHE is an important part of the curriculum and we endeavour that all children are provided with a PSHE curriculum that gives pupils:
Knowledge and understanding to make informed choices and decisions.
- An opportunity to develop self – awareness, confidence and self- esteem.
- Responsible attitudes towards physical and mental health, supported by a healthy and safe lifestyle.
- Skills and positive attitude towards building effect relationships and respect for others.
- Ability to manage and express feelings appropriately.
- Understanding of a diverse society and our rights and responsibilities.
The aims of the PSHE curriculum follow that of the National Curriculum and provides our pupils with the opportunity to explore and demonstrate all of our school values including, friendship, compassion, perseverance and justice. Our high expectations in PSHE set for all pupils ensures that they have the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually regardless of their background or attainment level.
At St Barnabas, teachers use an online resource called SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) which provides a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially. Mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, SCARF is a framework consisting of lesson plans, online planning and assessment tools to give our teachers skills and confidence to embed a comprehensive PSHE and Wellbeing programme. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing. Units delivered include, Me and My Relationships, Valuing Difference, Keeping Myself Safe, Rights and Responsibilities and Being My Best. Our PSHE provision is delivered within in a whole school approach which includes:
- Dedicated class lessons
- Through cross curricular links
- Specialist Teams/External PSHE providers/Speakers
- Circle Time and guidance as situations arise
- School Events and Extra Curricular Activities
- School Ambassadors and Pupil Voice
SCARF assessment tools are used to measure individual and class progress against the themes of the SCARF half-termly units. The assessments use ‘I can’ statements, summarising learning against each unit's key learning outcomes. Teachers are well equipped to make professional judgements of progress made and are able to confidently monitor progress, record key points and identify areas for further development. Evidence used to inform judgements may be gathered in a variety of ways including photographs, conversations and written evidence.
If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please contact the school office.