Alverstoke Church of England Junior School

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PDL

Our PDL curriculum is delivered though a number of the following sessions - cross curricula and in discrete lessons:

  • Topic learning – leading on from key concepts
  • Collective Worship – linking to our core Christian values
  • P4C enquiries
  • Text drivers used in English and Guided Reading sessions.
  • Individual, discrete lessons to provide in depth discussion in key areas.
  • RSE links with relationships
  • Science (health)
  • Computing (E-Safety)

At Alverstoke Junior School, PDL enables our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to manage their own lives. As a part of our school values and whole school approach, PDL develops the qualities and attributes our students need to thrive as members of society. We aim to equip children with ‘a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions’ (National Curriculum 2014).

Our scheme of work is embedded throughout our creative curriculum, P4C enquiries and collective worships. When required, children will also receive discrete lessons in areas of PDL that require more time or to be revisited. Our children develop an understanding of what supports and encourages good physical and mental well being. They are encouraged to label and discuss the range of emotions they experience and learn about ways to manage these. Where children may have difficulties with understanding their emotions, class teachers will work alongside our ELSA /HSLW to provide bespoke packages to both the children and their families to further support in this area. Our children learn about the importance of physical exercise and are encouraged to join a range of extra curricula clubs.

Importantly, much of our PDL curriculum is embedded through P4C discussions, collective worships and our general school ethos enabling us to prioritise the quality and depth of the learning, ensuring it reflects the needs of the children in our school. For example, when issues around friendships and safety arise (inclusive of online and social media concerns), class teachers use a P4C approach to discuss these situations with the children. This enables them to problem solve together and reach agreed solutions at potential times of difficulty. As a result, children feel empowered and take ownership of their behaviour and choices.

Our PDL curriculum covers all aspects of the new Relationships and Health and well-being guidance from the DfE (2019).

Teachers will always work closely with their class to assess children’s starting points before teaching different areas of the PDL curriculum. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics within the subject, our teachers will work closely with families to have a thorough understanding each child’s background so teaching can be sensitive to individuals within the class.

As we are an inclusive school, consideration is given to those children with special educational needs who may require the learning to be presented in alternative ways or at a different level to their peers. Our teaching is progressive so that teachers can make explicit links to learning in previous terms or year groups.

At times, we will invite outside agencies to support with delivery of aspects of our curriculum and enrich the experiences for our children. These could include our school nurse team, NSPCC, emergency services and local businesses. Our children thrive on real-life experiences. A memorable experience for our children is the careers fair held in Year 6. This gives our children the opportunity to explore careers of their choice, ask questions and gain insight into ‘life beyond education’.

Unlike many other subjects, much of specific knowledge taught in PDL education changes regularly (due to legal, medical or technological advances) - PSHE Association 2020. To support this, our staff work with each other and take guidance from Hampshire to ensure that all information used to develop pupil’s knowledge is up to date, accurate, unbiased and balanced.

Our PDL curriculum addresses both pupils’ current experiences and preparation for their future. The vast majority of children leave Alverstoke Junior School with a clear understanding of their strengths and strategies they can use to support them in times of difficulty. Children have a good understanding of what is ‘right’ and how to seek support or ‘challenge’ a situation appropriately that they do not feel comfortable with. Our children learn to think deeply about the world around them and embrace difference and diversity.