PSHE

Personal Social Health Education is taught by a small, and highly committed team of teachers. Y7 and Y8 students have PSHE lessons once per week for half a year, at which point they rotate to Religious Studies. Y9 students have one lesson per week for the whole year. Y10 and Y11 have approximately 8 lessons of PSHE each year.

Our focus is on evaluating attitudes, examining values, developing skills and understanding the views of others, as well as learning information about each topic. Teaching styles are highly interactive, predominantly group based and reflect our commitment to enabling all pupils to participate equally, within a safe, supportive, challenging and fun environment.

PSHE contributes to ensuring students leave us fully able to participate in society. Student feedback is very positive about their experiences in PSHE, and they regularly comment about how useful and relevant it is for life, both now and beyond school.

Year 7- Curriculum

Students study PSHE for half a year, rotating with Religious Studies.
The PSHE curriculum at WSSC takes the form of a spiral. Students cover similar units in each year group, focusing on age appropriate topics which build knowledge and develop skills.

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
  • Introduction to PSHE
    Bullying
    Study skills – year 7 PSHE begins with lessons designed to develop the skills they will need to succeed at WSSC, such as group work, independence, listening and contribution.
  • Citizenship /Diversity – students explore their own identity, look at aspects of diversity in ethnicity and families and consider the role they play in their community.
  • Relationships and Sexual Health Education –We look at the physical and emotional changes which take place during puberty.
  • Risk –
    Stand alone lessons explore the risks involved in smoking and alcohol consumption. E-safety and behaviour on public transport is also covered in this unit.
    Includes visitors from the charity Safe @ Last and the Fire Service.

Year 8- Curriculum

Students study PSHE for half a year, rotating with Religious Studies.
The PSHE curriculum at WSSC takes the form of a spiral. Students cover similar units in each year group, focusing on age appropriate topics which build knowledge and develop skills.

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
  • Bullying- Focus on verbal bullying and how to deal with bullying situations
  • Risk- Focusing on the influence of peers, students practise the skills required to manage pressures associated with substance misuse. Builds on the factual information gained in Y7
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing – This unit explores self-esteem and identity, including media influence. Students focus on the link between a healthy lifestyle and positive wellbeing. We explore both positive and negative ways of managing feelings, aiming to build and develop emotional resilience.
  • Citizenship – In this unit we look at British values, democracy and discrimination
  • Relationships and Sexual Health Education – Covering topics such as: what makes a good friend/partner?, agony aunt questions, conception, contraception, what is okay in teen relationships, sex, the law and the internet.
  • Risk- This unit is linked to relationships. We look at the law, staying safe online and child sexual exploitation.

Year 9- Curriculum

Students have 1 lesson per week for the whole of year 9. The PSHE curriculum at WSSC takes the form of a spiral. Students cover similar units in each year group, focusing on age appropriate topics which build knowledge and develop skills.

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
  • Diversity – Using the Stonewall DVD FIT, students explore social stereotypes of sexuality and homophobia
  • Risk- Students build their knowledge of drugs and legal highs. Including use of drugs box and visit from Lifestory project worker. We also explore peer pressure situations in relation to alcohol.
  • Citizenship – Law – In this unit students explore where laws come from the role of the police and the CPS. The take part in a practical ‘You be the Judge’ activity and consider the purpose of prisons and punishment.
  • Relationships and Sexual Health Education
  • Student then look at: Contraception kit, sexual debut, STIs, HIV, assertiveness and consent.
  • Parenthood – babyborrowers DVD, visiting speaker from PEPs teenage pregnancy project, what is abortion?
  • Citizenship – British Values – Students revise democracy, learn the difference between government and parliament. We then use this knowledge to explore current issues including migration and terrorism. Students are aware of the risk of radicalisation
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing – Students investigate the relationships between our self-esteem and behaviours. Managing feelings lessons aim to build emotional resilience. Students also cover sexual harassment and abusive relationships.

Year 10- Curriculum

In KS4 students come to PSHE on rotation, once every 6/7 weeks.

Rotation from English Lessons Rotation from Science lessons
  • Violence Free Relationships
    Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention. Students consider positive and negative behaviours in relationships as well as the ways people put themselves at risk, will be aware of sexual exploitation, pressures and how to be assertive in pressure situations and understand how grooming works. Case study of teen relationship which becomes controlling. Students analyse behaviours in a relationship, understanding that some behaviours which at first seem supportive can be used to manipulate. Students also think about safety when out and about.
  • Risk
    Students take part in a workshop with the Amy Winehouse Foundation. This looks at alcoholism and substance abuse and their link to self esteem.
  • In their second lesson students explore e-safety. Including the risks involved in sexting and the role of social media in radicalisation.
  • Mental Health & wellbeing
    Students identify negative stereotypes of people with mental health problems and begin to recognise that these may not be accurate and why language is an important factor in promoting positive or negative stereotypes. Studens identify factors that may contribute towards someone feeling depressed, and think about how they could support someone living with a mental health condition.
  • Citizenship
    Students revise their knowledge of drugs and look at the consequences of being charged with various offences.

Year 11- Curriculum

In KS3 students come to PSHE on rotation, once every 6/7 weeks.

 

Rotation from English Lessons Rotation from Science lessons
  • Relationships and Sexual Health Education
    STIs – how they spread, prevention and where to go for treatment
    Relationships and Sexual Health Education
    What are ‘normal’ genitals’?
    The impact of pornography
    Relationships and Sexual Health Education
    What is appropriate in teen relationships?
    What makes good sex?
  • Students also take part in a cancer awareness lesson
  • Citizenship -Finance
    Students consider the monthly budget of a young adult
    And the reasons behind, and consequences of, falling into debt.
    They discuss their plans for the future and explore how they aim to achieve their dream lifestyle.