The Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum (SPHE) is for Irish pupils from junior infants to sixth class and helps children develop a sense of well-being, self confidence along with a feeling of belonging.
Children will be encouraged to be more aware of their actions and how it affects both themselves and their friends around them.
SPHE looks at helping a child’s health, well-being and personal development, to encourage healthy relationships with their family, friends and peers, and guidance on being a responsible member of society.
With a carefully structured SPHE curriculum, a child can develop a stronger idea of values and attitudes to those around them, as well as the skills to make well informed decisions now, into their teenage and adult life.
The early stages of a child’s life will have an impact on their health, well-being and attitude to those around them for years to come. A well thought out SPHE programme, helps children identify the positive contributions made by different groups in society. Enabling pupils to understand equality and fairness, when forced to deal with issues regarding prejudice and discrimination they see in their day-to-day lives.
The benefits of an SPHE curriculum are seen most in an environment where its teachings are shared by teachers, the school, family and other members of the community. Having a close network of people who encourage the teachings of SPHE, will help a child through a consistent experience across their school and home life.
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One of our most popular SPHE resources is our Primary SPHE series. This is a seven-book series written to support the teaching and learning of the social, personal and health education subject area of the Irish curriculum.
Primary SPHE has a variety of photocopiable activities, covering a wide range of objectives from all strand and strand units of the curriculum. Each unit of work contains a teacher page, in lesson plan format, and a variety of supporting activity pages. The aim of the activities is to help and encourage pupils to lead happy and healthy lives.