PHSE, Citizenship & British Values
St Peter’s Curriculum Intent
Throughout the school, our work is based on values which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that our curriculum should:
- Ensure that children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their best, both now and in the future.
- Give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it, developing care for others and an understanding of social justice
- Develop and value the whole child and will enable them to flourish as individuals.
To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.
Personal, Health, Social & Moral (PHSE) Education
PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
PHSE at St Peter's
Education in Personal Relationships (EPR) is a framework used at St Peter's and by many of our fellow Diocesan Primary Schools to deliver curriculum content for Personal, Social, Moral, Health and Citizenship Education.
It aims to develop children in the following areas:
- Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
- Preparing to play an active role as citizens
- Developing a healthy, safe lifestyle
- Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
Much of EPR is taught through the Religious Education Programme of ‘Come and See’ and specific links with topics are identified. Further aspects are covered through other areas of the curriculum. The SEAL resource is used to support the learning in those areas related to feelings, emotions and behaviour. Teaching resources provided by CAFOD and Fairtrade are also used.
Citizenship & British Values
Citizenship & British Values Aims:
We seek to lay the foundations for our pupils’ future lives, beyond the formal curriculum, preparing them to be active citizens in the diverse and dynamic society in which they will live and work. We fully recognise and embrace the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. An understanding of British values is a critical part of this education.
Click here to see our British Values Statement
Citizenship & British Values at St Peters:
Elections are held for a male and female school council representative in each class. This fosters the concept of freedom of speech and group action to address need and concerns. Within their classes, pupils are able to vote to make choices brought to them by these representatives. Pupils are also able to make their views known via our regular Governing Body Pupil Questionnaires.
Pupils explore the principle of democracy in age-appropriate assemblies. Older pupils run mock elections and learn about the mechanism of government in the UK, helping them to develop an understanding of the vital importance of democracy in securing a fair society where everyone has a voice. Our pupils have also participated in the Mole Valley Junior Youth Voice forum, supporting such initiatives as a county-wide anti-litter campaign. In our commemoration of the end of WW1, we recognised all those who fought and died in the World Wars to maintain and uphold our values.
The Rule of Law
The school has a clear behaviour management policy and high standards of behaviour of both pupils and staff are expected by the Governing Body. The rights and responsibilities of every pupil are emphasised through our class-based behaviour rules, which are developed by the whole group, and through the use Restorative Approaches to serious or protracted issues, which focus on the harm that has been done and on how it might be mended. Our RE and PSHE curricula recognize and underline the importance of the ideas, feelings and needs of others.
Assemblies emphasise that we are all equal under the law and that it is not only wrong, but illegal to discriminate against others on the basis of characteristics such as disability, gender, race or faith. Regular visits from authorities such as the PCSO and Fire Service help to reinforce the message that our laws are for the protection of all. We aim to ensure that our pupils have the knowledge and confidence to withstand attempts to radicalise them by alerting them to the intolerance that is inherent in all extremist viewpoints.
Pupils at St Peter’s are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, e.g. through our E-Safety policy, EPR AND PSHE curricula, circle times and assemblies. Pupils are encouraged to exercise their right to free speech by articulating their views to their School Council Representatives. They also use the pupil ‘Worry Box’ to share concerns about issues, alerting school leaders and initiating a productive dialogue. This has built up a strong sense of trust, because pupils know that adults take their concerns seriously, that they will listen and, where necessary, take action.
We aim to ensure that pupils know their rights, but also that they are aware of the responsibilities that they entail. Teachers and other staff endeavour to set clear, consistent boundaries so that pupils can make informed choices in a safe, secure and supportive environment. St Peter’s has clear Anti-bullying and Behaviour Management policies that are openly shared with every member of our community.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our faith: Jesus said, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Our Mission Statement echoes this, with its emphasis on the need to value the unique contribution of each person in our school. We expect all members of the St Peter’s community to treat each other with respect, consideration and integrity. Pupils learn through their interactions with staff and each other, in the curriculum and assemblies that their behaviour has an impact on others. They frequently work collaboratively and are encouraged to listen to and value the opinions of others.
Pupils are encouraged to understand and reach out to communities who are less fortunate than themselves and each year raise significant amounts for charity, demonstrating their respect for those who live in very different circumstances to ours. Pupils are encouraged to organise their own fundraising events for charities that they wish to support.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
While being a faith school, we welcome pupils from other faiths or none. As we grow, our intake is becoming more ethnically and religiously diverse which is adding to the richness of our community. Tolerance is emphasised through our RE and PSHE curricula and our assemblies’ programme, which celebrates key dates and festivals of other faiths and gives pupils an understanding of the beliefs and customs that underpin them.
Pupils benefit from the opportunity of hearing about different communities and faith traditions in the UK and the world, and we encourage parents and others to share their culture and customs with the children. We encourage pupils to understand their place within a culturally diverse society and above all to ensure that they leave St Peter’s with a set of values which will ensure they will contribute positively to society in the future.