Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them 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 learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.

At Combe Down, our programme of study is based around the PSHE and Citizenship resource “I am, I know, I can”. Weekly sessions are held in each classroom (usually on a Tuesday/Thursday when there is no assembly). The programme of study is suitable for both KS1 and KS2 children and covers the areas of:

  • Developing confidence and responsibility
  • Citizenship
  • Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle
  • Developing good relationships and respecting differences

Class teachers also respond to situations as they arise in the classroom/at playtime, often through Circle Time.

We have a programme of different visitors throughout the year to enrich this aspect of the curriculum.