Personal and Physical Development
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a vital way with which schools can equip their pupils to confidently step out into an ever-changing and challenging world. We at Hugh Myddelton embrace this challenge, offering a wide and varied PSHE curriculum to our students. Lessons and objectives are appropriate for each stage of our children’s development, so as to cultivate well-rounded and responsible young citizens. Children will be encouraged to engage with a range of themes such as: identity, society and equality; mental health and emotional wellbeing; physical health and wellbeing; keeping safe and managing risk; drug, alcohol and tobacco education; sex and relationship education (see below for more details on RSE); and careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing.
We, as a school, recognise that our children are growing up in a modern city that is diverse, fast-paced and, at times, uncompromising. Our PSHE curriculum therefore reflects this need to develop resilience, social awareness and respect. By its nature, PSHE seeps into each and every lesson the children receive. However, the teaching of explicit PSHE skills is essential for helping children to understand how valuable they are, as well as how valuable it is to be able to communicate effectively with other people. In this way, our school community, which is rooted in mutual-respect, compassion and responsibility can truly flourish.
We also promote healthy eating through the wider curriculum; each class cooks at least three times per year. More information can be found by clicking here.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
RSE throughout school life aims to give children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitive relationships and staying safe both on and offline. It enables pupils to explore their own and others' attitudes and values and aims to help build their self-esteem and confidence.
Our RSE policy is currently being reviewed to reflect the changes in guidance from the Department for Education.
Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing confidence in a range of physical activities. All pupils engage in two hours of quality physical education each week, in addition to sports and exercise activities that are provided at playtimes and lunchtime and as part of the extra-curricular clubs provision. These include gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics and invasion games. Physical Education helps children understand how their bodies can move in a competitive environment. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and also promotes a positive attitude towards having a healthy lifestyle.
Here at Hugh Myddelton, we use a variety of different learning styles in PE. Our main aim is to develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding. We do this through individual and group activities every lesson. Teachers praise good individual performances and use them as models for all children as well as encourage those who find physical activities less appealing. We promote sportsmanship and being able to evaluate not only their own performance but also their fellow peers. Our PE coordinator works in partnership with all staff, always putting the children’s health and well-being first.
Our full PE scheme of work can be viewed by clicking here.
For more details of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for PE in Key Stages 1 & 2, please click here.