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PSHE Subject Overview

Statement of Intent

PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.’ PSHE Association 2019. The PSHE Department at St Mary’s Catholic aims to provide a coherent programme of personal, health, social, citizenship and careers education. As a department we aim to encourage high aspirations so as to maximise progress and to enable all pupils to experience the joy of success. Our aims for PSHE also reflect the DFE and Catholic Education Service PSHE curriculum which is to equip pupils to live healthy, safe productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives through core themes of health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Our intent is to provide and academic PSHE curriculum that provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

Our spiral curriculum forms the basis for a whole child education which allows students to grow in wisdom, understanding, self-esteem and closeness to God. Our curriculum utilises resources from the Ten:Ten group which deliver topics centred on the Catholic view. The topics covered are age appropriate for each year group, taking into account their experiences and the risks they might face. The curriculum has been developed to include all statutory guidance from the DFE, topics designed around the local needs for our setting and careers lessons to build aspiration.

KS3 Curriculum Map

Year 7 Overview

Year 7 forms the introduction to the spiral curriculum in PSHE. Topics covered in year 7 will give an introduction to the themes detailed below and will aim to provided them with knowledge and a range of skills to allow them to interact with the curriculum moving through the five years.

Year 7 topics aim to instil positive images in the vision of God, to manage risks as they become independent and introduce them to the world of work.

Year 7 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    1. Self-concept (Esteem)
    2. Puberty and sexual Health
    3. Self-concept (Social media and body image)
    4. Consent
    5. Positive relationships
    6. Forming and maintaining relationships
  • Lent Term
    1. Managing risk and personal safety
    2. Drugs and alcohol
    3. Forming respectful relationships 
    4. Bullying and abuse
    5. Learning skills
  • Summer Term
    1. Choices and pathways
    2. Work and career
    3. Employment rights and responsibilities
    4. Financial choices
    5. Media literacy and digital resilience
Year 8 Overview

The Year 8 scheme develops the skills and knowledge for Year 7. Students will continue to develop the knowledge and skills to build their own eulogy values.

Year 8 specifically look at those risks that may begin to impact on them as they grow in independence with focus on high risk activities and County Lines.

Year 8 will also develop their knowledge of the working world and how to develop their employability skills whilst setting targets to be ambitious.

Year 8 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    1. Created and chosen
    2. Appreciating difference
    3. Feelings (consent)
    4. Before I was born
    5. Tough relationships
    6. Think before you share
  • Lent Term
    1. Wider world
    2. Dealing with emotions, mental health and resilience
    3. Conflict management
    4. Looking after yourself
    5. High risk activities
  • Summer Term
    1. County lines
    2. Learning skills, choices and pathways and work and career
    3. Employment rights and responsibilities
    4. Financial choices
    5. Media literacy and digital resilience
Year 9 Overview
In Year 9 students develop further knowledge, advice and skills to deal with their growing independence and the development of new and different relationships. The level of maturity allows them to now develop knowledge of family and contraception whilst also delving further into consent. The Year 9 students will also develop strong skills to deal with their choices moving through their education and career journeys.
Year 9 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    1. The search for love
    2. Love people, use things
    3. In control of my choices
    4. Family and contraception
    5. Marriage
    6. One hundred percent (consent)
  • Lent Term
    1. Knowing my rights and responsibilities
    2. Coping strategies and self-harm
    3. Drugs and alcohol
    4. Knife crime
    5. Staying safe online
  • Summer Term
    1. Learning skills
    2. Choices and pathways, work and career
    3. Employment rights and responsibilities
    4. Financial choices
    5. Media literacy and digital resilience

KS4 Curriculum Map

In KS4 the students will have spent three years developing their knowledge and skills of the main key focuses set out in KS3. They will now continue to learn about the factors and influences they might start to experience or be aware of. In KS4 students will learn more about sexual relationship, parenthood and abuse in order to identify it when they see it and know how to deal with this behaviour.

Year 10 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    1. Authentic freedom
    2. Self-image
    3. Values, attitudes and beliefs
    4. Parenthood 
    5. Pregnancy and abortion 
    6. Abuse
  • Lent Term
    1. Solidarity
    2. Sexual health and fertility
    3. Drugs and alcohol
    4. Healthy lifestyles
  • Summer Term
    1. Learning skills
    2. Choices and pathways, work and career 
    3. Employment rights and responsibilities
    4. Financial choices
    5. Media literacy and digital resilience
Year 11 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    1. Self-worth
    2. Addiction
    3. Eating disorders
    4. Birth control
    5. Pornography 
    6. STI’s
  • Lent Term
    1. Coercive control
    2. Health and image
    3. Crime and consequence
    4. Risky behaviour
  • Summer Term
    1. Learning skills 
    2. Choices and pathways, work and career
    3. Employment rights and responsibilities
    4. Financial choices
    5. Media literacy and digital resilience

A Level Overview

KS5 is a more fluid scheme of learning with takes into account the differing cohort of students that attend. Due to the ever changing nature of the work around them and their exposure to different settings and freedoms the Sixth Form team adapt the lessons more frequently based on the topics set out below.

Year 12 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    • Life beyond school 1
    • Health and wellbeing 1
    • Healthy and unhealthy relationships 1
    • Staying safe online and offline
  • Lent Term
    • Life beyond school 2
    • Celebrating D&E 1
    • Health and anxiety 2
    • Celebrating D&E 2
    • RSE 2
    • Staying safe online and offline 2
  • Summer Term
    • Health and wellbeing 3
    • RSE 3 (Consent)
    • UCAS Application
    • Personal Statements
    • University visit
Year 13 Topics
  • Autumn Term
    • Life beyond school 1
    • Health and wellbeing 1
    • Healthy and unhealthy relationships 1
    • Staying safe online and offline
  • Lent Term
    • Life beyond school 2
    • Celebrating D&E 1
    • Health and anxiety 2
    • Celebrating D&E 2
    • RSE 2
    • Staying safe online and offline 2
  • Summer Term

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Head Teacher: Mr. Simon Eccles
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