Menorah Foundation School

Menorah Foundation School

PSHE

Vision

At MFS we aim to build a PSHE curriculum which gives our children the tools to live a physically and emotionally healthy life. Through the acquisition of knowledge and skills, we hope to enable children to access the wider curriculum, work collaboratively with others and make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

Our curriculum will prepare children to become global citizens in a diverse society and get them ready for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they may face in later life. The teaching and learning each year shows progression, building on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous one. We aim to help the children form worthwhile and satisfying relationships based on respect for themselves and others and develop happy, confident and knowledgeable British citizens with a love of Judaism.

As a faith school we aim to ensure that children are tolerant and understanding of the diverse world we live in and celebrate differences. We expect teachers to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions, recognise the importance of their own mental health and well-being and understand how to be a global citizen.

How We Teach PSHE at MFS

PSHE is taught through weekly sessions by the class teachers, through 5 main areas: Family and Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, Safety and the Changing Body, Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing.

Elements of the curriculum are also taught in a cross-curricular manner e.g. financial learning objectives may be covered in maths lessons, elements of the health curriculum in science and online safety in computing lessons. Alongside this, there are systems throughout the school that support the teaching of PSHE, such as ‘Zones of regulation’ to help children understand how to regulate their emotions and is in place throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6. There is also a ‘School Leadership Team’ who provide the voice of the school and are encouraged to take on responsibilities, organise events and promote school values across the school.

We strive to provide our children with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum through specific lessons, circle times, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. There may be occasions where teachers feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arising in their own class.

Our teachers reinforce the PSHE curriculum through questioning, using key vocabulary and enabling discussion topics. Through life skills sessions, links with the local communities, fundraising opportunities, external visitors and partaking in national and international events, we provide enrichment opportunities to contextualise learning.

Impact

A meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults. By teaching our children to stay safe and healthy and building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, they will be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. From exposure to a range of global issues, pupils at MFS will build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility, appreciating what it means to be a member of a diverse society and a global citizen. Children will understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to their own.

By the time the children leave Menorah Foundation School, they will have received the skills and tools necessary to enable them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Pupils will be able to understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.