At Hartley Academy, we believe that Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We attempt to provide children with the tools to understand how they are developing personally and socially and whilst doing so allow them to be able to successfully tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
We aim for our learners to:
Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle (in line with the National Healthy Schools guidance).
Be aware of safety issues.
Demonstrate behaviours adopted in our school values.
Become more economically aware.
Develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues.
Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
Learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy.
Play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active citizens.
The PSHE curriculum is delivered to every year group. SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning ) is a whole school approach that promotes the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour and emotional well being.
Safety is taught through visits from our local police department, fire service, micro biologist visits, through science, Literacy and finally in Year 6 – all children get the opportunity to attend a Safety in Action Course where they are educated in all areas of safety, including: drugs, railway, beach, coach, Stranger Danger, crossing the road. All our children have benefitted enormously from this course and carry the knowledge and skills with them throughout their life.
SRE is covered in all years. Topics such as: My Family, Growing and Changing, Me and my Relationships, What a Baby Needs, Hygiene are covered in years Foundation – Year 4. In Years 5 and 6 children learn about Puberty, Body Changes, Keeping Clean and Sex Education including ‘How a Baby is Born’.
Economic awareness is continually addressed throughout our curriculum. Problem solving in maths as well as planning of school trips, or funding a sandwich or recipe being made, are creative and unique ideas that excite the children. On school journeys, children are often given the opportunity to bank their own money and be responsible for their spending. School funding events, have also given the children enormous responsibility to take charge of running a stall and collecting money.
In past years children have been actively involved in ‘The Making a Difference Challenge’. The children on School Council voted to support the cause of making a difference to our local playground in Hartley. The children attended local Council meetings and were part of the planning on ‘How to improve the local playground’. We are happy to say that this project was an enormous success and the children are now able to play on a brand new playground. This in turns helps them to become better citizens and helps them to look after their local environment.
As a school, we won the Making a Difference Challenge. They took part in raising money and finding out about a homeless local cause – Porchlight.