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Our Approach to PSHE and RSE

 

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PSHE

Our PSHE curriculum aims to prepare each child for their life in the wider world, both as children and as adults. We look to develop the child as a whole person, able to make their own informed decisions, knowing how their actions can affect others, and how they can keep themselves safe. They will be encouraged to make a valued contribution to the school and society as a whole.

PSHE is taught in blocks in Key Stages 1 and 2 and as an integral part of the Early Years curriculum. The PSHE association toolkit and Long Term Plan are available to staff to aid planning. These suggest key questions and areas for discussion but will be enhanced and developed to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of individual classes. Lessons may be used for specific eventualities e.g. child bereavement. Links are made to other subject areas whenever possible, especially RE, science and computing to ensure a cross curricular approach to learning.

During the year, children will focus on the nine areas of;

Families and friendships,

Safe relationships,

Respecting ourselves and others,

Belonging to a community,

Media literacy and digital resilience,

Money and work,

Physical health and Mental wellbeing,

Growing and changing and

Keeping safe.

Each year group will focus on a different aspect of the topic so that children gain a deeper understanding as they progress through the school. Their knowledge and skills from each year group is built upon in the next year and throughout their time in school.

During the year, children will take part in themed weeks which reflect different aspects of the PSHE curriculum. These will include Anti-Bullying Week, Road Safety Week, Diversity Week and Mental Health Awareness.

 

RSE

Relationships and Sex Education is a key aspect of PSHE teaching as it allows pupils to learn about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It supports pupils in gaining accurate information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. It also gives pupils essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful, loving and non-exploitative relationships by staying safe both on and offline and enabling them to take responsibility for their body, relationships, reproduction, sexual health and wellbeing.

 

The government’s statutory guidance for RSE is organised around five key themes, which will form the basis of learning across the school:

  • families and people who care for me;
  • caring friendships;
  • respectful relationships;
  • online relationships;
  • being safe.

Our approach to RSE will be conducted within a clear morals and values framework based on the following principles:

  • The value of stable and loving relationships
  • Respect, understanding and empathy towards others who may have different backgrounds, cultures, sexuality, feelings and views.
  • The development of relationships, including sexual relationships, based on mutual consent, rather than coercion.
  • The right not to be abused by other people or to be taken advantage of
  • The right of people to follow their own sexuality, within legal parameters.

We also believe that pupils have an entitlement to:

  • Age and circumstance appropriate RSE
  • Access to help from trusted adults and helping services

RSE involves consideration of a number of sensitive issues about which different people may hold strong and varying views. The school’s approach to RSE will be balanced and take account of, and be sensitive to, different viewpoints but will not be based on personal bias. We shall endeavour to have an approach that is educational, rather than one based on propaganda.

As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.

 

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