Personal, Health and Social Education underpins life at Epsom Downs Community School. Our school is a values-based school that believes in developing a set of skills and attitudes that prepare our children for the modern-day world. Children’s attitudes to themselves and each other must be healthy if they are to be safe, happy learners. The emphasis is on encouraging individual responsibility, awareness and informed decision making, which is based around our seven school values of resilience, empathy, self-awareness, positivity, excellence, communication and teamwork. Our school PSHE Curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve. It promotes pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Our curriculum also fully covers the statutory aspects of the Relationships Education and Health Education in the Department for Education’s Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Statutory guidance
Our PSHE Curriculum links to our whole school curriculum intent, since it is:
Engaging – children learn through child-centred, engaging themes. The themes are from the Jigsaw PSHE teaching material and are exceptionally relevant to the changes, pressures, situations and circumstances that children at Epsom Downs are likely to experience as they grow up.
Enriching because the thematic content enriches children’s lives; empowering them to have a progressively better understanding of the health and well-being, their relationships and how to live well in the wider world.
Values-Centre because our Epsom Downs values - Respect, Resilience, Empathy, Self-Awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication and Teamwork - and British values, underpin all that we teach in PSHE.
Language-rich - At Epsom Downs, we recognise our children come from a diverse community and the need for our children to be introduced to and taught specific vocabulary about their feelings, thoughts and emotions. This language is embedded and developed throughout PSHE lessons, developing in complexity with each year.