PSHE at Horizon Primary Academy aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities.
They also find out about the main political and social institutions which affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships which are an essential part of life and learning.
Children are taught to recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair, and what is right and wrong. They are encouraged to share their opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views. Children are taught to recognise, name and deal with their feelings in a positive way. Children are given opportunities to think about themselves, learn from their experiences and recognise what they are good at. PSHE is not taught as a single subject. At Horizon, we believe that PSHE should be incorporated throughout all aspects of the curriculum.
Children are taught to talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues that effect themselves and society. They are encouraged to recognise their worth as individuals by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals. Many objectives of PSHE are covered within our Power of Reading scheme. The books provided to the children deal with everyday issues in a sensitive, child-friendly manner.
Our vision is that our pupils will become mature, independent and self confident members of society. They will have a sense of social justice, moral responsibility and an understanding that their choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. Every lesson taught at Horizon, aims to link into our 'HEART' values.
Implementation of PSHE at Horizon
At Horizon, we try to provide children with an understanding of all of the key themes currently within our society. The 'Show Racism the Red Card' workshop provided for the children, allowed them to understand why racist language is fundamentally wrong and offensive. Children not only looked at the history of certain racist terms, but also learnt about stereotyping within the media and in everyday life. A former professional footballer provided the children with his own experiences of racism within the game. We believe that everyone at Horizon should be welcomed, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality. The school are now recognised as Stonewall champions because of their strive to make all feel welcome and accepted. The school also understand the importance of providing the children with the education they need in order to be healthy. For this, the school has been recognised with the NHS 'Healthy Schools Award.'
If you wish to find more information on the fantastic PSHE work we are doing at Horizon, please click on the links below.