PSHE/RSE Curriculum Intent
PSHE and RSE is at the heart of our whole school curriculum and school ethos. It aims to support the development of the ‘whole child’ by creating the foundations that enable our pupils to develop personally and socially.
Currently, children and young people are growing up in a rapidly changing world. We are aware that our community and school demographic limits exposure to a diverse society, therefore it is paramount that our school ethos offers children the chances and opportunities to develop their understanding of the world around them. We believe that our PSHE curriculum allows children to be respectful of others, celebrate their uniqueness and be proud of who they are, which will prepare them for life beyond the classroom. We aim to do this by allowing children to understand and demonstrate our Be Values through connecting children with their learning, community and others.
Connecting with learning:
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, PSHE has been a fundamental part of our recovery curriculum. We have made the decision to purchase the Jigsaw Scheme to support planning, teaching and learning. Weekly sequenced lessons and regular circle times will allow depth and coverage of the curriculum, whilst building upon prior learning taught at the Infant School. Along with a wider cross curricular approach, our PSHE teaching focusses upon the importance of mental health and wellbeing, developing independence and setting goals and aspirations. As our children are growing up in a complex world where their life is ever changing, both on and offline, we feel it is necessary as part of the RSHE curriculum to allow children to explore relationships, learn about the changes within their bodies and to know how to stay safe and healthy. Aligning with our curriculum intent, learning throughout PSHE and RSHE will be inclusive, active and engaging to ensure children achieve the best possible outcome.
Connecting with our community:
Our curriculum enables children to develop the ability to tackle the moral, cultural and social issues that occur as a part of growing up. Underpinning this learning is the focus on promoting children’s social, mental and physical development, allowing them to develop their sense of self-worth. Additionally, children will be given the opportunity to connect with the community through whole school events. In turn, we believe this plays a positive role in contributing to wider school life and helps the children to consider others.
Connecting with others:
We aim to create an environment where children feel valued, feel they can express themselves as well as promote an understanding of diversity and difference. We provide our children with opportunities which allow them to learn their rights and responsibilities as well as appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Through the discrete teaching of British Values, children are able to explore the themes of respect and tolerance, understand their place in society and take part in a democratic environment. Through the use of a pupil council rep, the children’s voices are placed at the heart of the school. Beyond this, we think our children should be given the opportunity to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes as well as explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of views that they will face now and in the future.