Pastoral, Social and Health Education at North Wootton Academy
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future. Our aim is to provide pupils with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up within this. We aim to provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Moreover, our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of TEAMWORK and seek leadership opportunities within the school gates and their local community.
It is hoped that our overall curriculum is designed to directly support the pastoral education of our pupils as well as the academic outcomes that the school aims for. The school primarily uses resources from ‘Young Citizens’ to make links between our academic aims and the modern world in which they find themselves, empowering them to operate positively, independently and safely within it.
Therefore, our history aims to link knowledge of Britain’s past to the diverse and democratic country that we live in today through areas such as immigration, refugees and parliamentary debate. Within Geography, our aim is to ensure our pupils have a wide knowledge of the world and the diverse cultures that exist beyond our school gates linking to topics such as Fairtrade and World Aid. Within our Science, we link the learning to environmental issues and areas of disability. Whilst within computing, pupils are taught first to be safe responsible online citizens before being shown the tools needed, through Rising Star’s Online Safety.
In addition to Young Citizens, the school has selected lessons from ‘The Family Planning Association’, ‘Parliamentary Education Services’, ‘Educate Against Hate’, ‘Schools Out’, ‘The RNLI’, ‘Brake’ and ‘Sun Safe Schools’ to ensure that our pupils have a well-rounded PHSE education that bespoke meets the needs of our pupils. The school will also be introducing aspects of the Emotional Literacy scheme year to supplement the mental health support provided through our designated Mental Health Champion.
It is hoped that our pastoral curriculum is interweaved throughout our curriculum; however, a lesson a week is timetabled to ensure that quality time is dedicated to these areas.
Beyond our documented curriculum, it is hoped that the school’s values of TEAMWORK provide a culture that contributes equally towards the pastoral development of our children. Therefore, our teaching approach places great emphasis upon collaboration and cooperation: group work should be a key element of all classrooms and the school places emphasis on sports, choir and drama productions – all of which enable our pupils to achieve success together. Beyond this, pupils are encouraged to show leadership in their community through House Captaincy, Student Council and several committees: Environmental, Digital Leaders and Sports Leaders.
Whilst all learning is recorded with a pupil’s social scrapbook, the width of our provision means that a range of measures are used:
- Participation in extra-curricular activity both in school and beyond is tracked and celebrated through Children’s University.
- Pupil Voice Surveys are used to assess knowledge of how to stay safe and emotionally confident within the school.
- Levels of volunteering both within the school through litter picking, librarians and playground leaders, and within the community through community litter picks, choir concerts within local care homes and supporting the local foodbank.
More formal assessment of the level of knowledge they are developing will be devised throughout this academic year.
Medium Term Plans
Key Knowledge Progression