Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHEE)
At NRPS, PSHE is a real strength. Our PSHEE Curriculum is woven creatively through the year in a number of different ways. Through our Kodesh (Jewish Studies) teaching, the children learn core Jewish Values. The Kodesh Curriculum is strong and promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Pupils learn about, for example, friendship, respecting and valuing people and the difference between right and wrong.
Outside of the Kodesh Curriculum, we run a number of outstanding class based programmes to support PSHE such as the Butterfly Kidz Programme in Year 2 (http://butterflykidz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Butterfly-Kidz-_-Parents-Guide-.pdf) and the Norwood Heads up Kids Programme in Year 3 (https://www.norwood.org.uk/pages/what-we-do/heads-up-kids/). We also run the Norwood Pyramid After School Club which develops friendship and social skills.
Our school is strong on British Values and our last Ofsted Report in October 2017 noted " The school is effective in promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and preparing them for life in modern Britain."
Year 4 are part of the Tzedek Primary School Twinning Programme (https://tzedek.org.uk/schools-twinning-programme/)
Year 6 pupils, for example, have discussed and debated gender-neutral toilets in their personal, social and health education lesson and Year 3 pupils have discussed the different types of families. We run a series of workshops for Year 6 on "Growing Up" with an outside speaker.
Our Year 6 class travel to Rome to learn about Classical and Jewish History. Prior to and during this trip, the class prepares to be away from home whilst developing strong friendships and taking care of each other. Our Year 5 class participates in a UK based residential for a week where they too also develop social skills away from home.
At NRPS, outside speakers made a valuable contribution by bringing a wide range of expertise and life experiences to the PSHE education programme. We bring people in during the year to run class-based workshops on themes such as E -Safety / Safer Internet, NSPCC - Speak Out, Stay Safe, The Power of One - Anti Bullying and pledge signing board and Annual Remembrance Day Assembly in November. Streetwise and the CST run programmes on Street awareness and personal safety and security. We have had visits from the Jewish Deaf Association and the Israel Guide Dog Association where children hear about life from those less fortunate than themselves and how we can help people in these situations. We have brought in speakers on subjects such as dyslexia and hypermobility. A speaker presented a workshop about volcanoes and eruptions and this was linked to our PSHE work on managing emotions.
In addition to the above, every Monday afternoon through the year we have an assembly where a different class will present on either a curriculum related topic or else a more general theme such as Safer Internet Day, Anti Bullying and dealing with transition and change ahead of moving to secondary school.
Our SENCO runs PSHE sessions in classes where a response is needed to a particular issue. Every Tuesday, she runs a session in Y4 helping the children to learn about emotions and her room has been opened up during break times where children have been able to talk about any friendship issues arising whilst drawing and painting if they so wish.
To develop responsibility and leadership, we have a School Council who meet with the Head Teacher as well as School Playground Buddies chosen by their friends. Buddies help to ensure that children have friends to play with at play time and they have also introduced games sometimes at breaktime.
Our economic education includes the Twinning programme with Tzedek and the Ghanaian School, our links with our JNF partner school in Negev Sinai, Israel. It also includes the tzedaka (charity money) pupils raise during the year for things like the Jewish Care Cake Sale. Children learn about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively. Children also learn how money plays an important part in people’s lives and through the annual School Show production, develop a basic understanding of enterprise through things like ticket design and sale as well as selling refreshments.