PSHE website statement
Throughout their education, we want our pupils to acquire the knowledge and life skills that will enable them to lead happy and rewarding lives throughout childhood and adulthood. PSHE education is a subject in which pupils can develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their capability and confidence to secure work and economic well-being and to show empathy and understanding to others. Children and young people navigate an increasingly complex world, and face risks and challenges in their daily lives. PSHE can provide a safe space for pupils to explore these risks and challenges and reflect upon the most effective way to manage them. It is a subject that encourages pupils to become more self-aware, to recognise their strengths and how they can be used; their weaknesses and how they can be improved, and their emotions and what triggers them.
PSHE is critical to complementing the wider efforts of the school to support the pastoral needs and personal development of the children. PSHE education addresses both pupils’ current experiences and preparation for their future.
Our PSHE curriculum is divided into three over-arching themes that enable our children to:
Build healthy RELATIONSHIPS by becoming RESPECTFUL individuals.
Succeed LIVING IN THE WIDER WORLD by becoming RESPONSIBLE citizens.
Experience positive PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELLBEING by becoming RESILIENT learners.
This term, our pupils will be learning about ‘Living in the Wider World’ as part of their Personal, Social Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum.
We have also introduced our ‘Whole Body Listening’ System to encourage our children to be life- long communicators equipping them to face the challenges beyond primary school. This system is reinforced in class every day so please talk discuss this with your child.
We continue to focus on our very own set of Peckham Manners which focus on:
Kind Words Manners
Acts of Kindness Manners
These manners are reinforced in class every day so please ask your child about them.
We will also be embracing national and local celebrations e.g. Mother’s day, Comic relief and International women’s day.
Understanding about living in the wider world has a profound impact on a person’s sense of community in childhood and adulthood. The curriculum provides a clear overview of the roles and characteristics of our local people and works to establish a true understanding and appreciation and understanding of the varied and unique groups that we live alongside.
We recognise that parents are the first teachers to their children. We want to share the purpose and content of the Living in the Wider World curriculum so that we can work together to develop your child’s understanding of our rich and diverse community.
What is the statutory Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidance?
This document sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply when teaching Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. Page 19-22 of the guidance outlines what children need to know by the end of primary school with regards Relationship Education.
This guidance has informed the content of our Relationship Education curriculum.
What is the purpose of Relationship Education in Primary School?
The key aim of Relationship Education is to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to foster healthy, happy and secure relationships. This in turn will safeguard them from potentially harmful relationships both on- and offline now and in the future.
The Relationship Education curriculum aims to teach pupils:
To understand the features of positive relationships, including family relationships, friendships and relationships with other significant adults and children.
To identify less positive relationships and what they can do to keep themselves safe.
To respect differences in the way that families and relationships look, and appreciate that different relationships are still characterised by love and care.
To foster characteristics such as honesty, kindness and self-awareness that will allow them to form and maintain respectful relationships.
To understand how to keep themselves safe online.
To understand boundaries and privacy and that they have the rights to their own body.
Who has the PSHE curriculum being developed by?
A team of practitioners across the Harris Federation have worked together across the past year to develop the PSHE curriculum and accompanying teaching resources. Their work has been informed by the expert advice and guidance from theâÂ¯PSHE Association, the national body for PSHE.
Their work reflects the commitment to ensure that the subject content is age- and developmentally appropriate, and that it is taught sensitively and inclusively with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents.
The curriculum content and resources have then been further adapted by your child’s class teacher to ensure that it reflects the prior knowledge and needs of the pupils in the class and ensures many opportunities for discussion.
Does Relationship Education involve Sex education?
In the Autumn Term, our KS1 pupils will be taught about privacy, boundaries and keeping their own body private.
However, this unit of work does not include content on puberty or sex education. We will consult with parents prior to the Summer Term when this content is due to be taught
Can I withdraw my child from Relationship Education?
Relationship Education in Primary school is now statutory. Therefore, parents cannot request for their child to be withdrawn from Relationship Education lessons.
However, understandably, parents may have queries about the content of these lessons. At the end of this letter, we outline the sequence of lessons for each year group and how they meet the requirements of the statutory guidance for your information.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons. As stated above, this term we willâÂ¯notâÂ¯be teaching sex education. Parents will be notified of the content of the sex education curriculum. Prior to the Summer term. At this point, parents will be asked if they wish to withdraw their child from these lessons. âÂ¯
How will the Relationship Education Curriculum be monitored and evaluated?
The content and teaching of the Relationship Education curriculum will undergo regular and rigorous monitoring and evaluation to ensure that we fulfil our duty to teach the statutory content whilst meeting the needs of our pupils. Our governing body will hold us to account in ensuring that the quality of provision is subject to regular and effective self-evaluation.
The curriculum team responsible for writing the curriculum will receive feedback from all academies across the Harris Federation to be able to further develop and improve the teaching resources.
At the academy level, we will ensure that our staff have the subject knowledge and confidence to teach this content effectively and foster a safe and inclusive environment in the classroom.
Who can I discuss the Relationship Education curriculum with?
Any member of the leadership team will be available to discuss the Living in the Wider World curriculum. Mrs Hurley is the Curriculum Lead for PSHE. In more regular circumstances, we would hold a information session but regrettably, COVID restrictions prevent us form doing this at the moment.
Relationship Education is an important opportunity to support our pupils to navigate relationships in a respectful and healthy manner. This fulfils our moral obligation to prepare our pupils for secondary school and adulthood and empower them to be happy and successful citizens. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs Marie Corbett