PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education and its objectives run throughout our curriculum and are taught discretely when appropriate to support children with key skills or at specific times eg Anti-Bullying Week/Safer Internet Week. It is an important part of learning as it helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships.
Resources we use include:
Targeted support with a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
What Children Learn
PSHE includes the study of culture, ethnic diversity, physical differences and difference of experience. Through such study, children can acquire understanding of and respect for other people and their values. In PSHE children should learn that open mindedness and the questioning of assumptions are valuable attributes. The nature of PSHE lends itself to study by children with a range of different abilities - children can work on the same content at different rates and levels.
Here are some examples of the areas that may be covered in PSHE:
Healthy Lifestyle: children learn that regular physical activity and a healthy diet can go a long way to ensuring they stay healthy.
Personal Wellbeing: children will talk about common pressures, issues such as friendship and belonging and other things that can contribute to mental wellbeing.
Social Issues: bereavement, voting and taking care of the environment are the kinds of social issues that will be covered. Two particular topics are bullying and e-safety because they directly affect children at school, and it's crucial that they know where to seek help if needed.
Sex and Relationships: Sex education has now become Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), signalling the growing consensus that children are entitled to more than just the biological facts. For more details of how Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught in primary schools, please see the RSE section below.
Drug Awareness: these lessons help pupils to understand more about drugs and also clarify any misconceptions they may have.
What is SCARF?
Most social, emotional and behavioural skills are developmental and change over time. For example, if we think about the experience of loss, we know that children’s capacity to manage the feelings involved, and the range of strategies at their disposal, will be very different in the early years than, for example, their experience at the age of 11. We cannot therefore ‘teach’ these skills as a one-off. There is a need to revisit and develop the concepts, understanding and skills over time, building on what has been learned previously.
SCARF is a whole school framework for promoting and developing positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. It has a spiral curriculum which revisits each theme (and the skills associated with that theme) every year. A child entering the school in the Reception Class and leaving at the end of Year 6 will have experienced each theme at a new and appropriate level each year. Children can therefore demonstrate progress in the key social, emotional and behavioural skills as they progress through the school.
What is 'The 5 Ways To Wellbeing'?
The focus of '5 Ways To Wellbeing' is to encourage the children to build five easy steps into their daily lives to help them take good care of their own mental health. Research tells us that this can make a real positive difference to the mental health and wellbeing of both children and adults alike and can help build confidence and resilience.
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are:
You can find out more details in our Wellbeing & Family Support pages - please click HERE to go directly to it.
What is Zumos?
As part of our Keeping Our Children Safe in the Modern World programme, the school has invested in membership to the ZUMOS website. This website is supported by Lincolnshire CAMHS as a way of improving and supporting mental health for our children.
ZUMOS aims to build self-confidence and wellbeing. The website contains a chill out space to help your child to practise being a mindful person and build their inner strength to be a resilient person. It can help to find happiness in your child's life every day. The website also has an area which can help a child to recognise how to be their own best friend, their greatest motivator, personal trainer and wisest mentor. There is a whole library of expert written vocal recordings on how to deal with any issues a child might be facing in the categories of feelings, life, relationships and body.
Your child's access to the recordings will be monitored by the school, allowing us to inform you should your child need support with a specific area. To find out more, please click HERE.
RSE stands for “Relationships and Sex Education” and as part of Relationships and Health Education, is a new approach to teaching children about relationships and health.
The Relationships Education, RSE, and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools. Sex education is not compulsory in primary schools.
All primary school children are required to learn about relationships and health. Relationships and Health Education comprises two distinct areas:
Schools have freedom to decide how to teach the new curriculum but must teach in a way that is:
Why was there a new RSE Curriculum in 2020?
The previous curriculum had not been updated for 20 years. So much change has happened since then. Children need to learn what is relevant to them and the world they are growing up in.
The new Relationships and Health Education 2020 curriculum is designed to:
Teaching Relationships In Primary Education
The Relationships part of the new curriculum will teach the children what they need to learn to build positive and safe relationships:
Schools should teach in a way that is appropriate to children’s ages and will look at the following questions:
What Will Children Be Taught By The End Of Primary School?
By the time a child finishes primary school, they will have been taught about the following in Relationships Education:
Physical Health & Mental Wellbeing In Primary Schools
The physical health and mental wellbeing part of the new RSE curriculum will teach the children how to:
What Will Children Be Taught By The End Of Primary School?
By the time children finish primary school, they will have been taught about the following:
Can Parents Wthdraw Their Children From The New RSE Curriculum?
Parents cannot withdraw their child from any part of the Relationships and Health Education aspects of the RSE curriculum. It is important for ALL children to be taught the content on such essential matters like friendships and keeping safe.
There are separate rules on withdrawing a child from Sex Education. Sex Education is separate from the Relationships and Health curriculum and parents can withdraw children from some or all of the lessons on Sex Education. The headteacher must grant a parent’s request to withdraw a child beforehand, however we would urge parents to contact the school if there are concerns, in order that there is full understanding of what will be taught and when. Please also be aware that the science curriculum in all maintained schools includes content on human development, which includes human reproduction. There is no right for a parent to withdraw their child from the science curriculum.
Please click on the link below to find our PSHE and RSE policies.