Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PHSE) Education including Relationships, Sex & Health Education (RSHE)
Our PSHE curriculum will encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. We believe that children are all individuals and this will be promoted through discussion and encouragement of tolerance.
We aim to provide children at our school with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
All children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
We support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and patterns of behaviour, which enable our children to:
have a sense of purpose.
value themselves and others.
form positive relationships.
make and act on informed decisions.
work with others.
respond to challenge.
be an active partner in their own learning.
be active citizens within the local community.
explore issues related to living in a democratic society.
show respect for all people whatever their faith, belief or culture.
become healthy and fulfilled individuals.
Teachers assess their classes PSHE skills through discussion based feedback and tasks they complete during the lessons. Additionally, teachers consistently consolidate the learning from PSHE through all areas of the curriculum and evidence is apparent in the language children use and from their attitudes, values and behaviour.
At our school, we believe that RSHE assists in providing children with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to flourish, live safe, healthy and productive lives, while enabling them to confidently face the challenges presented by modern day Britain and to become successful adults. We have aspirations and dreams for our children and will continue to do all we can to help each and every one of them know and understand what success feels like.
Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
Promote safety in forming and maintaining relationships
Help children develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
Allow children to acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
Promote spirituality, and the moral, and cultural, and mental and physical development of all children
Teach children the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
Prepare children for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
Provide children with a toolkit for understanding and managing their emotions
Encourage children to value themselves and others
The RSHE curriculum is taught as part of the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. There are certain biological aspects of sex education that are taught within the science curriculum.
At St Mary’s, we use the Jigsaw scheme of work. Included in this scheme is a teaching and learning programme that includes the statutory RSHE elements. The programme has a strong focus upon themes such as relationships, living in the wider world, health & well-being and emotional and mental health; these will change termly. It also offers us a comprehensive and carefully thought out scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to children’s learning. Lessons will follow a theme set across six puzzles (units) which are as follows:
Being Me in My World
Dreams and Goals
In addition to science, RSHE will follow a spiral curriculum which will see this subject supported and revisited throughout other subjects. It will be incorporated into other areas of the curriculum such as RE, computing and Philosophy for Children. As a ‘Rights Respecting’ school, we are advocates in educating our children about their rights both in school and as citizens of the wider world around them. These subjects and areas are designed to foster respect for one another and to embrace difference while educating children about healthy relationships.
We have developed the curriculum taking into account the needs and feelings of children. If children ask questions outside the scope of our curriculum, teachers will respond in an age-appropriate manner, so that children are fully informed and do not seek answers online.
Children will also have opportunities to review and reflect on their learning during lesson time through questioning and responding to marking from their teacher. The views of children, parents, governors and staff will be influential in helping our school to continually respond to and review the quality of our RSHE provision.