Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural Education (SMSC) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in our school is taught through Scarf.

Curriculum Intent

At Clifton Primary school we want to provide a PSHE curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that every child will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, managing their lives now and as an adult in the future.

SCARF which stands for (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) provides a comprehensive whole school approach equipping our children with knowledge, understanding, language and strategies required to become responsible, healthy, safe and prepared for life and work in modern Britain. SCARF promotes a deep understanding of British Values along with accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge. Our spiral curriculum intends to develop the whole child to grow personally, socially and academically.  Our aim is to provide pupils with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up within this. We aim to provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rules, rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.

Furthermore, our children are encouraged to look for opportunities to show our school values, the Seven C’s of Clifton which are, Confidence, Communication, Collaboration, Commitment, Creativity, Curiosity and Craftsmanship. These values underpin everything we teach here at Clifton Primary School. We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship and develop their sense of self-worth and identity by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. These include: school buddies, school council, reading buddies, gardeners and engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: health workers, police officers, sports coaches, artists, authors and representatives from the local church. We participate in, and promote National events such as: Anti-Bullying Week and Road Safety Week. We are also committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at Clifton Primary School and take part in Children’s Mental Health Week.  We are implementing termly wellbeing days, run weekly Talk and Draw and are also members of ‘Phunky Foods’ who aim to inspire healthy schools and healthy futures.

Curriculum Implementation

PSHE is taught as explicit lessons, using the SCAFF scheme of work; but it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school.  In SCARF lessons, children meet Harold the Giraffe and his friends. They engage in lots of discussions, stories, activities and watch short films about Health, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. We also have a yearly visit from the “Life Bus” by Coram Life Education where we get to meet Harold and his friends.

As Clifton Life Learners, throughout the year we will develop our knowledge and understanding of:

  • Developing effective relationships with ourselves and others, exploring our feelings, emotions, conflict resolution and friendships.
  • How to be my best self through independence, physical and social awareness, positive growth mindset, keeping healthy and setting and achieving goals.
  • Valuing difference between myself and others whilst learning about our British Values and taking greater responsibility for actions
  • How to keep myself safe, including safety online
  • Respecting rules, rights and responsibilities including job prospects, money management and how to make an active contribution to my community, environment and wider world
  • My changing body and how to deal with the changes (and puberty) physically, mentally and emotionally.

As Clifton Life Learners, we will do this by learning about six core themes that will ‘develop’ and ‘deepen’ as the children grow, learn and move through our school.

  1. Me and My Relationships
  2. Valuing Difference
  3. Keeping Myself Safe
  4. Rights and Responsibilities
  5. Being my Best
  6. Growing and Changing

Whilst PSHE is split into six separate core themes, in reality there will always be extensive overlap. PSHE education addresses both pupils’ direct experience and preparation for their future. Therefore, we feel it is important to provide a spiral programme of knowledge, skills and attribute development, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age and key stage appropriate contexts.  We feel that PSHE education should reflect the universal needs shared by all pupils as well as the specific needs of the pupils at our school.

The Scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values, SMSC and other key skills into the curriculum. The distribution of the lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year such as Anti-bullying Week. SCARF also ensures RSE ‘relationship education,’ internet safety, staying safe online, safeguarding, mindfulness and British values are taught to our children. We also access ‘Natterhub’ which covers relationship and health education alongside online safety. Clifton also ensures through PSHE the five Every Child Matters outcomes; be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve and make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing are promoted.

Curriculum Impact

At Clifton Primary School we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. We record all work throughout the year into individual ‘learning journals’ as we believe this is an effective way of recording the personal work that the children cover in our PSHE curriculum.  These journals include photographs, written work, illustrations and collected resources. This ensures that PSHE learning is not based upon a child’s ability to write answers to questions but includes getting our children involved in decision making, discussions, debates, practical activities and handling resources. We also welcome and communicate with visitors who are invited into school. Through the explicit teaching of the PSHE skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our pre and post assessment system enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.

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