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The PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education) Curriculum plays a central role in facilitating the holistic development of children at South Lee Prep School. It focuses on nurturing their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural skills, equipping them for a fulfilling and independent life. PSHEE is seamlessly integrated into the entire school curriculum and intricately connected to all aspects of South Lee Prep School's educational environment.

The school's environment, ethos, and relationships exert a profound influence on shaping children's values and attitudes. Consequently, the PSHEE curriculum and the pastoral aspects of school life are closely intertwined at every opportunity. Our adaptable PSHEE curriculum allows us to address and discuss any pastoral issues that may arise during subsequent formal PSHEE lessons.

At South Lee, our goal is to cater to the developmental needs of all our pupils, fostering their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural skills.

The PSHEE curriculum strives to instill qualities such as self-esteem, responsibility, autonomy, ownership, independence, cooperation, self-respect, and respect for others. In this regard, the language, relationships, and communication within the classroom and throughout the school play a pivotal role in enhancing the effectiveness of the PSHEE curriculum.

We place a significant emphasis on pastoral care at South Lee Prep School, with a whole-school approach. This approach seamlessly integrates with the PSHEE curriculum, providing flexibility to proactively address curriculum content and delivery, as well as reactively respond to issues of significance to the children at any given time.

Year 1

Michaelmas Term

  • Safety Awareness Program

  • Starting Anew

  • Celebrating Our Uniqueness

  • Cyber Safety

  • Embracing British Values

Lent Term

  • Safety Awareness Program

  • Interacting with Others

  • Making Sound Choices

Summer Term

  • People Who Assist Us

  • Understanding Right and Wrong

  • Recognizing Similarities and Differences

  • Health and Well-being

Year 2

Michaelmas Term

  • Safety Awareness Program

  • New Beginnings

  • Learning Rules

  • Nurturing Friendships

  • Exploring Relationships

  • Embracing British Values

Lent Term

  • Safety Awareness Program

  • The Value of Friendship

  • Considering My Actions

Summer Term

  • Caring for Our Environment

  • Staying Safe at Home and School

  • Focusing on Health and Well-being

Year 3

Michaelmas Term

  • Safety Awareness Program

  • Celebrating My Uniqueness

  • Setting Personal Goals

  • Cyber Safety

  • Positive Mindset

  • Understanding Rules and Responsibilities

  • Embracing British Values

Lent Term

  • Safety Awareness Program

  • New Year's Resolutions

  • Exploring Democracy and Lawmaking

  • Safety Inside and Outside School

Summer Term

  • Honoring Rules and Loyalty

  • Fostering Cooperation and Friendship

  • Promoting Equality

  • Preparing for Transition

  • Prioritizing Health and Well-being

Year 4

Michaelmas Term

  • Managing Risk and Change (Decision-Making and Safety)

  • Embracing Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

  • Recognizing Rights and Responsibilities

  • Safety Awareness Program

Lent Term

  • Personal Safety

  • Embracing Individuality

  • Understanding the Importance of Safety Rules and Reporting

  • Identifying Deceptive Practices and Risks

  • Assessing Personal Safety in the School and Local Environment

  • Citizenship: Exploring Concepts of Right and Wrong, Fairness, Sharing, and Personal Honesty

Summer Term

  • Safeguarding

  • Road Safety Review

  • Safety in Risky Situations

  • First Aid Training

  • Community Engagement in the Wider World

  • Citizenship: Kindness, Anti-Bullying, Reflecting on Year 4

Year 5

Michaelmas Term

  • New Beginnings

  • Collaboration and Building Relationships

  • Nurturing Friendships

  • Enhancing Listening and Communication Skills

  • Reading Body Language

  • Developing Group Work Skills

  • Promoting Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

  • Addressing Bullying

  • Personal Hygiene

  • First Aid Training

  • Safety Awareness Program

Lent Term

  • Self-Reflection and Self-Perception

  • Understanding Rights and Responsibilities in Decision-Making

  • Discovering Personal Qualities

  • Setting Realistic Goals

  • Global Citizenship

  • Being a Responsible Global Citizen

  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • Exploring Global Citizenship

Summer Term

  • Citizenship Education

  • Rules and Rights

  • Basic Human Rights

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children

  • Discussing Exploitation

  • Community Engagement

  • Roles Within the Community

  • Volunteering

  • Addressing Anti-Social Behavior

Year 6

Michaelmas Term

  • Promoting Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

  • Drug Awareness

  • Understanding Substances

  • Social, Legal, and Illegal Drug Categories

  • Resisting Stereotypes of Drug Users

  • Managing Peer Pressure

  • Exploring Healthy and Safer Lifestyles (Part 2)

  • Law and Substance Use

  • Visit from Educational Bus

  • Safety Awareness Program

Lent Term

  • Citizenship Education

  • Self-Understanding and Values

  • Respecting Diverse Perspectives

  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities (Handling Conflict)

  • Emotional Well-being

  • Self-esteem and Body Image

  • Global Citizenship: Diversity and Appreciating Differences

  • Economic Well-being: Financial Literacy, Budgeting, Needs vs. Wants, Salary, and Deductions

  • Understanding the Role of Charities

Summer Term

  • Citizenship Education

  • Addressing Local Community Issues

  • Participating in Local Community Projects

  • Promoting Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

  • Sex Education

Year 7

Michaelmas Term

  • Self-awareness and Interpersonal Skills

  • Assertive Responses in Group Settings

  • Taking Responsibility for Actions

  • Understanding Consequences

  • Promoting Healthy and Safer Lifestyles: Smoking

  • Safety Awareness Program

Lent Term

  • Promoting Healthy and Safer Lifestyles: Balanced Diet and Food Choices

  • Citizenship and Global Environmental Issues

  • Research Projects on Chosen Topics

  • Economic Well-being and Career Development

  • Enhancing Personal Financial Literacy

Summer Term

  • Exploring Interpersonal Relationships

  • Global Citizenship: Embracing Diversity and Combating Stereotypes

  • Addressing Race Equality and Cultural Diversity

  • Combatting Discrimination

  • Tackling Bullying: Impact on Victims, Reasons for Bullying, Collective Approaches to Bullying, Available Resources

Year 8

Michaelmas Term

  • Buddy System and Time Management

  • Active Listening Skills

  • Sex and Relationships Education

  • Managing Change and Building Positive Relationships

  • Puberty and Physical Changes

  • Safety Awareness Program

Lent Term

  • Promoting Healthy and Safer Lifestyles: Drugs and Alcohol

  • Relationships: Personal Boundaries

  • Citizenship: Parliament and Democracy, Global Citizenship, Interactive Forums

  • Relationships: Loyalty

Summer Term

  • Charitable Initiatives

  • First Aid Training

  • Health and Sun Protection

  • Economic Well-being and Career Development

  • Personal Financial Literacy

  • Leavers Program

Relationship and Sex Education

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is a continuous journey of learning about sexuality, emotions, and fostering healthy relationships throughout one's life. The primary goal of RSE is to equip our children with the knowledge and understanding needed to make responsible and informed decisions about their lives. It serves as a vital support system for young people as they navigate their physical, emotional, and moral development, fostering respect for both themselves and others as they progress from childhood through adolescence into adulthood. Importantly, RSE is not a standalone subject; it is an integral part of both the Science and Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHEE) curriculum.

Rather than promoting early sexual experimentation, effective RSE empowers children to build confidence, develop self-esteem, and comprehend the reasons for delaying sexual activity. During RSE sessions, children are provided with opportunities to engage in gender-specific groups, creating a safe space for them to ask questions they might feel uncomfortable discussing in a larger group setting. Additionally, a sealed question box is available, allowing pupils to submit anonymous questions. Teachers are committed to addressing all reasonable and appropriate questions.

The content and focus of the Relationship and Sex Education curriculum are adjusted annually to align with the evolving needs of the children, ensuring it remains relevant and responsive to their development.

Whole School Staying Safe Programme

This section of our curriculum is presented separately, highlighting its significance in promoting safety, including Child Protection. Special attention is dedicated to fostering responsible technology use, which is integrated wherever possible, including dedicated lessons in ICT and Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHEE). We regularly address issues related to cyberbullying, both through classroom discussions and during the periodic review of safety protocols and networks each term. This section encompasses our comprehensive approach to staying safe across the entire school.

The goal of this unit within the PSHEE program is to equip children with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to ensure their safety. It is based on the Personal Development Program recommended by the NSPCC, as endorsed by Cambridgeshire County Council. The curriculum employs various teaching methods such as role-play, storytelling, and group discussions. The teacher serves as a facilitator, guiding the lesson and ensuring key teaching points are covered, with input and ideas actively encouraged from the children. Themes related to personal safety also permeate other areas of the PSHEE Curriculum, such as Drugs Education and Sex and Relationship Education.

Certain aspects of the Staying Safe curriculum, including topics like 'Worries' and Internet Safety, receive formal revisits every term. However, they are also seamlessly integrated into all our PSHEE activities informally.

The Safety Circle serves as the foundation for our approach to Personal Safety and is revisited every term. It is a pivotal activity in which all children participate, identifying and recording trusted adults to whom they can turn for help or reassurance when they have concerns. The curriculum also fosters discussions about what will happen to these worries after they have been shared with an adult. It's crucial for children to understand that adults have a duty to protect them, which may involve sharing information with parents, the Head, or, in some cases, external agencies to ensure their safety. Revisiting this circle each term serves two main purposes: it reinforces that we care about their concerns, whatever they may be, and it emphasises the importance of addressing any worries they may have. Additionally, it allows children to review their choice of adults in their safety circle/network, should they wish to make changes. Importantly, children should never feel pressured to include adults whom we, as adults, consider obvious choices (e.g., a parent or teacher). In some situations, a child may need to seek help from an unfamiliar adult, underscoring the importance of not making children fearful of all strangers but enabling them to identify the safest way to seek assistance when necessary.

The remaining components of the Staying Safe curriculum are organised under these themes:

  • All About Me

  • Taking Care of Myself

  • Being Safe While Out and About

  • Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying

  • Secrets and the Importance of Sharing

For further details regarding the Staying Safe curriculum, please feel free to request more information from the school office.

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