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PSHE and RSE

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), aims to give all the children at The Lea the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.

PSHE is delivered implicitly as well as explicitly, through many areas of school life. These include participation in assemblies, class circle time and buddy or mentoring schemes. PSHE is taught weekly in all classes from Year 1 to Year 6. There are also overlaps with other curriculum subjects, e.g. PE (learning different ways to keep healthy and active), Computing (keeping safe online) and Science (lifecycles and growing). Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Curriculum which includes Personal Social and Emotional Development, and this is a central part of the learning opportunities children have throughout the school day in Early Years.

Our PSHE curriculum is being redesigned by the school to fit the context of our school and community. At the centre of our curriculum are the school values of Pride, Ambition, Kindness and Respect. This will be a two-year rolling curriculum.

To design our scheme of work we are interlinking our school values with the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study which is supported and recommended by the Department of Education. This Programme of Study incorporates three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Some of the learning opportunities children will have throughout the whole of their time at The Lea will include:

  • Health and Wellbeing:
    The children will learn things like the importance of personal hygiene; what is meant by a healthy lifestyle (physically and mentally) and how to maintain such a healthy lifestyle; the physical differences between boys and girls; road safety and online safety; people who help us and how to respond in an emergency; how to talk about their feelings; and the benefits of physical activity.
  • Relationships:
    The children will learn to recognise that their behaviour can affect others; to listen to other people and work and play cooperatively; to identify special people in their lives (parents, siblings, friends) and how they should care for each other; what physical contact is acceptable; to respect equality and diversity; and how to recognise and deal with bullying situations.
  • Living in the Wider World:
    Some of the things your child will learn include how to make and follow group, class and school rules; what protects and harms the environment; how to make choices about spending or saving money; ways in which we are all unique and the things we have in common; about basic human rights; the jobs people do; and to respect national, regional, religious and ethnic identities.

An element of the PSHE curriculum (which overlaps with elements of the Science curriculum) is Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health education. Under 2019 guidance from the Department for Education this will become a statutory part of the curriculum from September 2020.

The following government links in relation to this may be of interest:

Our school underwent a period of consultation in relation to RSE, involving staff, parents [and governors]. Following this consultation the school is interlinking the scheme of work developed by  The Christopher Winters Project into its PSHE curriculum.  Click the link here to read more information about this scheme. The resources to be used in class are available should any parents wish to take a look and discuss this area of the school curriculum further.