South Wellfield First School

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South Wellfield First School, Otterburn Avenue, South Wellfield, Whitley Bay, NE25 9QL

0191 643 3300

South Wellfield First School

Welcome to South Wellfield First School where We Shine Brightly!

  1. Curriculum
  2. PSHE


We shine brightly in PSHE when we work together as individuals, with partners, in groups, as a class and together as a whole school at South Wellfield First School. Through the delivery of high quality PSHE and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) lessons, children will gain knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they will need in order to grow into emotionally intelligent, resilient and considerate individuals and members of the community.

To ensure we do this, our PSHE curriculum is split into five strands : Family and Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, Safety and the Changing Body, Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing. At South Wellfield First School we use a bespoke approach using the best of Kapow Primary Scheme which offers videos, animations and guidance for lesson plans as well as school based planned lessons to meet the needs of our children. Our PSHE and RSE curriculum is progressive and accessible for all from Nursery to Year 4 and prepares our children for the next stage in their education.

We also use the Zones of Regulation to ensure we have a consistent approach to emotional regulation to find out more about this please click here.

We have created a PSHE reading which includes recommended stories on feelings, love and loss and mental health.

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“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus

Good PSHE and RSE teaching consists of a weekly lesson using our bespoke plan specific to the needs of our children or a Kapow lesson which follows a progressive format. Teachers and staff act on any issues that may arise such as friendship issues  or online gaming and  we would adapt our lessons accordingly.

Kapow Primary’s structured units can be taught in any sequence, with the progression of knowledge and skills emphasised across year groups and key stages. All lessons start with a review of a previous lesson and a recap of prior learning followed by an introduction, new learning and discussions which engage our learners.

Well - nurtured

PSHE and RSE at South Wellfield First school is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. When we feel empowered, there’s a positive impact on our wellbeing. Children who feel that their voices are heard and can make a difference, have a greater sense of community and self-esteem. Learning about different types of bullying (including online) is a RSHE requirement. This includes the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders to report bullying and how and where to get help. We address abuse, harassment and discrimination within our PSHE education curriculum to ensure the needs of our children.

Well - rounded Our PSHE curriculum covers physical health which includes food choices, physical activity, balanced lifestyles, drugs and alcohol education, first aid, sleep and dental health. It equips our children to adopt healthy behaviours and strategies from an early age, and to seek trustworthy support when they or their friends need it. Children will learn good communication skills, problem-solving, healthy coping skills, resilience and recognising their emotions which can in turn reduce the risk of pupils turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Well - equipped Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education can improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of pupils. A virtuous cycle can be achieved, whereby pupils with better health and well-being can achieve better academically, which in turn leads to greater success. Helping young people to understand their feelings about money, financial decisions, careers and the economy is a vital part of preparing them for adult life, with clear links to health outcomes and relationships. At SWFS every class uses the Zones of Regulation and a common language to discuss emotions with the children. This is something that teachers model all the time so it happens throughout the day not just in a designated lesson.
Well - read PSHE and RSE lends itself to a vast range of books used to enhance our topics and include Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, The Proudest Blue, And Tango Makes Three, Pride- The Story of Harvey Milk and The Rainbow Flag, Why Should I Eat Well and The Knot amongst many others. There is often a PSHE theme in weekly whole school assemblies which may focus on  a book. This enables children to make links in their wider learning and understanding of the world.
Well - connected

At South Wellfield First School we are aware that young people are exposed to news and online media from the moment they are born and that children have so many questions to ask. Our school can be a safe space for young people to address questions and discuss their feelings about what they are seeing, reading and hearing. We support children and young people to assess if information is trustworthy and to recognise misleading narratives. Our curriculum helps children and young people to stay safe – online and offline.