PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education underpins the whole ethos of Westmeads School and helps to prepare our children for the wider world. By the time the children leave us they will have become thoughtful, caring and active citizens, not only within the school, but also within the community. They will have a strong understanding as to what it means to be healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
PSHE is reflected and promoted through our school's aims and values. Our 6 core values are Respect, Love & Kindness, Curiosity, Honesty, Independence and Perseverance. These values are consistently modelled, referred to and encouraged by all staff. Each term the Headteacher leads a weekly assembly around one of our core values and there is a also a weekly story assembly, with a focus on the same value.
At Westmeads, we use the PSHE Association's programme of study to inform our curriculum planning. We focus on three core areas: Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Although the children are explicitly taught elements of PSHE during timetabled sessions in KS1, knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through all areas of school life - at play time and lunch time, through assemblies, extra-curricular activities and clubs, community events, and, where appropriate, through other subjects such as Science and RE. In EYFS, there is ongoing provision for Personal, Social and Emotional development (PSED) and Understanding the World (UTW), which closely link to the KS1 programme of study and provide a great stepping stone.
Our PSHE curriculum heavily contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of the children and teaches the importance of the fundamental British Values.