At Plaistow we see the personal development of our pupils as an integral part of curriculum offer.
We aim to support our children in becoming well-rounded young people who have the confidence, resilience and knowledge to keep themselves safe, healthy and well.
Our children learn how to become responsible, respectful and active members of society, thinking critically about the decisions they make.
This area of our website outlines how we develop pupils' personal development through:
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
- Relationship, Sex and Health Equation (RSHE)
- Mind Up
However, we see these areas as just a starting point in developing the personal development, character and cultural capital of our pupils.
We offer a range of opportunities which develop, encourage and enrich our pupils' talents and interests, as well as inspiring and sparking their interest to experience new things. For example:
- Our glittering music curriculum and opportunities for extra-curricular drama, dance and music clubs and activities led by our in-house specialist teacher
- An excellent PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities which exposes pupils to a range of different sports and competitions
- Opportunities for learning from and in our well equipped outdoor spaces
- A wide range of other extra-curricular experiences such as cooking, sewing, arts and crafts and even a film club
PSHE and RSHE
Plaistow’s PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum (which includes RSHE) provides a range of opportunities for children to develop socially and emotionally, as well as acquiring the techniques needed to understand and support pupils’ overall wellbeing. We aim to guide children through their social and academic journey from childhood to adolescence by encouraging an awareness of pupils’ personal responsibilities as well as those of others. Through this, we endeavour to develop children's confidence, social awareness, resilience, and creative thinking.
Following Guidance from the PSHE Association, the National Curriculum and statutory requirements for the teaching of Relationships and Health Education, we have tailored a bespoke PSHE curriculum to suit the needs of our pupils, school and community.
Our PSHE (including RSHE) curriculum follows four key themes:
- Healthy Me
- The Wider World
- Changing Me
Each year group covers content related to each theme every year, in order to gradually build upon and extend thinking, expand knowledge and develop skills.
Where possible we make cross-curricular links between PSHE and other subjects such as Science, English, Religious Education, Computing and Physical Education.
Learning in PSHE takes many different creative forms: class discussions, group activities/ role-play, individual tasks, assemblies and outside speakers. During PSHE lessons children are encouraged to ask questions, share their own thinking and deepen their understanding and knowledge.
The aims of PSHE and RSHE at Plaistow Primary School are to:
- prepare pupils for their responsibilities and experiences in later life
- encourage pupils to value themselves and others
- allow pupils to acknowledge and celebrate differences and diversity
- teach pupils to understand what constitutes a safe and healthy lifestyle
- provide pupils with a toolkit to manage and understand their emotions
- provide the tools to help support mental health and wellbeing
- help pupils in identifying healthy relationships, as well as give them the strategies to form and maintain relationships
- teach pupils how to stay safe online and acknowledge how the media can have an impact on well-being
- prepare pupils for puberty and give them the understanding of the importance of health and hygiene
- help pupils to develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
Plaistow PSHE Curriculum Maps
The following is a sample of our bespoke PSHE curriculum maps that are used to inspire high quality teaching and learning.
- Mind Up is based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.
- All Classes will take part in ‘Mind Up Breaks’ as and when needed for the class. They will hear a chime and follow a script. This calms the body and mind and transports air into the brain. This then helps children to feel ready for learning.
- Mind Up breaks can also be used when a child is feeling anxious or upset and the breathing exercise can help to calm them down.
- There is an amygdala bottle in each class which aids breathing.
- Children will use and learn different parts of the brain and their functions:
Prefrontal Cortex (Wise Owl): Helps to solve problems and make decisions
Amygdala (Guard Dog): Helps to keep us safe and reacts fast
Hippocampus - (Hippo): Keeps memories