The objective of the PSHCE curriculum is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. It will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils in our school and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Pupils will be encouraged to talk openly and their questions answered appropriately and honestly in a way that respects diversity of cultures and family forms as well as supporting the Catholic ethos of the school.

PSHCE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We 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. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

At St Joseph’s we believe that PSHCE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHCE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHCE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class or community.

PSHCE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.

PSHCE is an important part of school life especially during assemblies and collective worship were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.