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Our PSHE Curriculum Principles and British Values

At Horndean Church of England Junior School our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum further enhances our Thinking with Thanksgiving, Learning with Love and Caring with Compassion (TLC) ethos and culture by giving our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become confident, healthy and independent global citizens with a clear understanding of the importance of well-being, both physical and emotional.
Our PSHE curriculum is embedded throughout our curriculum to give depth to the children’s understanding and allow them to experience PSHE in a range of contexts, including real life contexts. Discrete learning units are taught covering all elements of PSHE including Sex and Relationships Education.
Through our PSHE lessons, both embedded and discrete, our children deeply explore their emotional health and well-being, develop financial awareness, learn about British values and citizenship, bullying (including cyber bullying), and drug, tobacco and alcohol education.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is at the heart of our school. Through many vehicles, including PSHE lessons and experiences, Collective Worship, Philosophy for Children, School Council, our children experience and explore democracy and develop respect and tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and opinions.
We recognise the value of our community in developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of PSHE and plan opportunities for the children to meet with and question various members of our community
e.g. Police Officers, members of the Fire and Rescue Service and local community representatives.
At Horndean Church of England Junior School our PSHE curriculum is enriched and enhanced throughout the year through residential visits (Years 5 and 6), day visits, community events such as the PTA ‘Summer Fun Day’, Grassroots, Horndean’s Got Talent as well as sports, arts and music clubs in addition to a myriad of after school activities.
We have strong working relationships with local Infant and Secondary schools ensuring secure and confident transitions from Year 2 to 3 and into Year 7 from 6. For those children who need extra support with regard to their personal and social development we have pastoral and social skills groups led by our Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion and our ELSA Team We also work alongside Horndean Technology College to ensure that all our pupils can develop and thrive.
British Values
The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need to ‘create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’. The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year. At Horndean Church of England Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
  • Children at Horndean Church of England Junior School play an ever increasing role in school leadership. We have a School Council representing each class in the school which meets regularly to discuss issues pertinent to our school. The School Council represents the voice of our pupils and is able to effect change within the school. Every child on the School Council is voted in by their class and their actions and decisions are endorsed by the School Governors with governors attending meetings regularly.
  • Pupil voice is also evident with staff involving children in decision making in their classroom and inviting feedback relating to learning developments. Children learn that, together with the right to ensure the views of children are integral to our school life and curriculum, they have responsibilities to our whole school which they should uphold with integrity.
  • The children annually create a class charter where they collectively decide what actions are acceptable in their classrooms. This enables the children to hold others to account for inappropriate actions, in direct contrast to rules which would be imposed on them. This work is all based on our TLC ethos that underpins our school values.
  • Pupils are selected at random for pupil conferencing meetings with members of the leadership team to seek their views and opinions on a range of school and community issues.
The Rule of Law
  • The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced at Horndean Church of England Junior School.
  • Pupils are taught the rules of the school from an early age through the class charters, assemblies, school behaviour policy, home school agreement, e-safety talks and everyday life modelled by the staff. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty
  • At Horndean Church of England Junior School pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
  • As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PHSE work.
  • We also have robust anti bullying culture and behaviour and safety policies in place.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
  • Mutual respect is at the heart of our values, as we use our gifts wisely and see the good in ourselves and others. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is specifically reinforced through school systems.
  • Horndean Church of England Junior School provides opportunities for our children to visit places of cultural interest and places of worship e.g. Year 3 visit All Saints Church, Catherington and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school. Resources linked to major religions practiced in Britain are used to develop children's understanding of different faiths.
  • Discussion and debate are encouraged through all subjects of the curriculum. This ensures children are taught discretely how to deal with people who have opposing views to them and to feel confident to state if they have opposing views to others.
  • The school supports two major charities (Grassroots and Melons) each year and plan fundraising and awareness raising activities to support these charities.
Horndean Church of England Controlled Junior School, Five Heads Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 9NW

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