Personal Social Health Education & Citizenship is at the heart of our curriculum, its knowledge skills and values provide the foundation on which all learning takes place. It has been embedded into the curriculum so that it is developed across the whole curriculum. For example in the topic Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes we do not just learn the facts, rather our children consider ethical and moral questions such as how can we help in countries such as Haiti? Is charity always the right approach?  In the topic farming the children also explore the impacts of different types of farming on communities around the world.

PSHEC is taught within the rest of the curriculum. Links have been made to the Science, Humanities, English and Foundation curricula so that Personal Social Health Education & Citizenship is not taught in isolation but is given a meaningful context through these other subjects.  There are however times when it will be taught as discrete subject such as SRE and drug education in years 5 & 6.

Class teachers in the main teach Personal Social Health Education & Citizenship Community representatives, health professionals, and speakers are often invited to support teaching. 

In the teaching of Personal Social Health Education & Citizenship the use of distancing techniques such as role play, hot seating and persona dolls is used to allow children to explore their own feelings and values and to practice skills.

Personal Social Health Education & Citizenship is not only taught in the classroom but also in all the other ways in which the school supports children’s personal and social development and encourages citizenship.

 Aims of our curriculum

Through the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum children develop positive self-esteem and acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to:

  • Be safe and act responsibly towards themselves and others
  • Be healthy
  • Value and respect others as equal and different
  • Achieve their full potential
  • Be active global citizens

Argyle PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum

 PSHE and Citizenship for Years 1 to 6 is taught within  the  English, Humanities,Science  and Foundation curriculum,  e.g. when learning about 'Farming' children are also taught about the impact of different types of farming on commumities around the world and Fair Trade. In this way it is not taught in isolation but is given a meaningful context.

PSHE and Citizenship are also taught through other aspects of school life including;

  • Peer Mediators
  • Playground Friends in KS1 playground
  • Recycling and Compost Crews
  • Buddy Reading
  • Argyle Stars
  • School Council
  • Primary School Council Debates
  • Fundraising e.g. Red Nose day and Children in Need

Healthy Eating and Cooking

From September 2014 the national curriculum has included a specific requirement for schools to teach Cooking and Nutrition at Key Stages 1 and 2.

It focuses on three key areas of learning;

  1. healthy eating and nutrition
  2. where food comes from
  3. practical cooking

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • Understand where food comes from.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

In school, pupils will be learning:

  • About healthy eating through understanding the Eat Well Plate and learning that different foods provide nutrients and how these affect the body.  
  • About a range of foods and how they are grown, transported and sold
  • Key food preparation and cooking skills and how to cook a range of healthy, savoury dishes.
  • About a range of ingredients from around the world and  how to identify and name them

At Argyle we are developing a curriculum that includes cooking both indoors and outside and is linked whenever appropriate to other areas of the curriculum e.g. making read in Year 5 when visiting a working farm.

Healthy Eating

As a school we promote healthy eating through our packed lunch policy and within the curriculum. The attachment below provides Camden's advice for parents on healthy eating and how to encourage children to eat well.

Healthy Eating - Information for Parents