PSHE & RHE
Through our PSHE education we aim to help children and young people stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain. We believe that our PSHE curriculum will also help pupils to achieve their academic potential.
Through our RHE curriculum we will educate our pupils to know how to keep themselves safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and prepare them for their future lives in modern day Britain. The high-quality content will be delivered across the curriculum but specifically in PSHE, science, PE and computing.
At Plantation Primary School we believe that PSHE education is a fundamental part in equipping our children with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they need to effectively navigate the complexities of life in the 21st Century, therefore improving their life chances.
Our curriculum covers key areas which will support children to make informed choices now and in the future around their health, safety, wellbeing, relationships, and financial matters and will support them in becoming confident individuals and active members of society. It also covers the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance (as set out by the Department for Education), including the non-statutory sex education.
Our PSHE curriculum delivers a wide ranging of learning in line with the requirement of the National Curriculum (2014) that schools ‘should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).’ Children’s learning through our curriculum significantly contributes to their Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development and promotes the four fundamental British values which reflect life in modern Britain: democracy; rule of law; respect and tolerance and individual liberty.
At Plantation we believe quality PSHE and RSE teaching is an important element in helping schools to carry out their duty of care with regards to safeguarding. Our online safety curriculum is delivered via the computing curriculum allowing us more time in the PSHE curriculum to focus on other areas of learning and safeguarding. In response to child-on-child abuse, our curriculum introduces and revisits ideas of personal boundaries, consent and communicating our boundaries with others. This prepares pupils for the challenges and responsibilities they face now and in the future.
Our curriculum is designed with our children in mind. Through regular discussions and observations our teachers and support staff know our children well and understand what support they need to succeed in our modern 21st century world. This is especially true for our most vulnerable children who work closely with our pastoral team. We have consulted data (local and national) to help us build an informed picture of the communities our children live in and come to school in. All this knowledge has been used to shape our PSHE Curriculum.
We believe in equipping our children to be resilient, respectful, honest, and kind. We aim to develop our children’s self-worth, allowing them to self-manage and regulate their emotions and actions taking responsibility for these. We want our children to be clear on the importance of good mental health and to understand that you can do things to support your mental health.
PSHE plays an important role in our whole school curriculum which is designed to introduce children to a wide range of concepts and expose them to a variety of experiences, so that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society.
Our school has adopted the Kapow scheme of work that we use as our skeleton PSHE curriculum. However, our curriculum is always evolving and will adapt to meet the changing demands placed upon our children.
Our curriculum delivers a whole school approach that consists of five areas of learning across Key stages 1 and 2 - Families and relationships; health and wellbeing; safety and the changing body; citizenship; economic wellbeing. Each area is revisited in our spiral curriculum model to allow children to build on prior learning. Our lessons are based upon the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health education, but they also go beyond these requirements, referring to the PSHE Association Programme of Study. Following discussions at SLT and Governor level, sex education has not been included but a consultation period will take place with Year 6 parents to discuss whether it becomes a part of our curriculum. Our curriculum supports the requirements of the Equality Act through direct teaching, for example learning about different families, the negative effect of stereotypes and celebrating differences, in addition to the inclusion of diverse teaching resources throughout the lessons.
A range of teaching and learning activities are used and are based on good practice in teaching PSHE/RSE education to ensure that all children can access learning and make progress. In key stage 1 and 2, there is an introductory lesson at the start of each year group which provides the opportunity for children and teachers to negotiate ground rules for the lessons. These introductory lessons can then be referred to throughout the year to help create a safe environment. All lessons have scope for differentiation to stretch the most able learners and give additional support to those who need it. In our lessons stories, scenarios, and video clips provide the opportunity for children to engage in real life and current topics in a safe and structured way. Role-play activities are also included to help children play out scenarios that they may find themselves in. We provide consistent messages throughout the age ranges including how and where to access help. The important role of parents and carers is recognised in the construction of our curriculum with consultation taking place regarding policies and the Year 5 and 6 work on puberty and menstruation.
Our long-term overview maps outline exactly what will be delivered in each lesson along with the learning skills and knowledge the children will develop.
We believe that PSHE education plays a vital part in primary education. Therefore, we have ensured the subject has dedicated half termly timetabled slots for lesson delivery giving it equal standing with other foundation subjects. As well as discrete lessons, the themes of our PSHE curriculum are taught across the whole school curriculum and are embedded in everyday practise. In addition to these lessons, specific lessons will be delivered should a need be identified i.e. to tackle issues of homophobic language in a class.
Our PSHE curriculum covers key requirements from British Values, SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural; and RHE (Relationships and Health). However, these requirements are not confined to just PSHE as their coverage spreads out across our broad and balanced whole school curriculum.
School assemblies also form a part of our PSHE curriculum. Picture News is used to stimulate, challenge,?and nurture our children’s SMSC as they learn from the world around us using current affair stories. In addition, special events, key campaigns, and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for children to explore topical issues.
For each unit of work, there are identified end points. These are used to aid teaching allow ongoing formative assessment to take place. At the end of the unit, an overall assessment of the learning that has taken place is completed. This is shared with the PSHE lead who can use the data to inform change within our ever-evolving PSHE curriculum. However, we do not just rely on data. Our PSHE curriculum is adaptable to meet the needs of children and issues as they arise as was the case when we introduced lessons on vaping for Year 5.
Once taught the full PSHE curriculum (alongside our school curriculum), our children will have met the objectives set out within the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance and will be able to utilise their learning within their daily lives, from dealing with friendship issues to resilience to making healthy choices and knowing where and how to get help when needed.
By the time our children leave us they will:
- Have built confidence and self-esteem.
- Have raised aspirations and be empowered with skills to overcome barriers.
- Have knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed at school and in the wider world.
- Have developed the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings.
- Know when and how they can seek the support of others.
- Apply their understanding of society to their interactions within communities, from the classroom to the wider community of which they are a part.
- Demonstrate our Super Values of respect, determination, kindness and honesty.
- Have the courage and ability to try new things without being concerned about failure.
- Take responsibility for their actions.
- Have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop good relationships.
- Demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Be ready for the next step on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
PSHE Curriculum Overview
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PSHE Planning Overview Y1 - Y6
Please click here to view the plnning overvirew for Year 1
Please click here to view the plnning overvirew for Year 2
Please click here to view the plnning overvirew for Year 3
Please click here to view the plnning overvirew for Year 4
Please click here to view the plnning overvirew for Year 5
Please click here to view the plnning overvirew for Year 6
PSHE & RHE Policies
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