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at Didsbury CE Primary School

In PSHE, our curriculum focuses on providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep them safe, healthy, productive and live fulfilled lives in modern Britain.  We believe that PSHE should also enable children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. PSHE education is therefore also about developing young people’s sense of identity, their capacity to relate to other people and handle setbacks.

At Didsbury CE, we focus on developing pupils’ emotional literacy which we feel is crucial to developing well-rounded individuals. PSHE lessons contribute to the development of self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, motivation and empathy.  We are committed to pupil’s well-being and personal development in order to help them thrive across the whole curriculum.

A curriculum for life for all regardless of background

Throughout the school, our curriculum is ambitious and generally parents and carers also encourage high expectations of learning. It is important that these high expectations are managed in a way that pupils do not feel overwhelmed and under pressure; instead, learning should be enjoyable. At Didsbury CE, we want to ensure that pupils’ well-being is prioritised, with a focus on growth mindset and an ethos of cherishing the efforts of pupils rather than just the achievements. Our PSHE lessons also provide an opportunity for ‘Calm Me’ time where pupils focus on freeing their minds of worries and concentrate on their breathing and mindfulness.

Furthermore, we place importance on helping our pupils become resilient, knowing how to respond in difficult or unexpected situations. We believe that whatever a child’s social background, being resilient; having the ability to bounce back; seeing failure as opportunity to learn; and coping with adversity are all integral to learning and managing life now and in the future.

Curriculum planning and sequencing 

Across the school, the units are taught at the same time. This is because they are planned throughout the year at key points e.g Celebrating Difference links to Anti-Bullying Week; Changing Me links to transition to the next year group.

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