At The Beeches Primary School, we aim for our PSHCE curriculum to be at the core of what we do, because we know that many of our children start school well behind their peers nationally, both academically and in terms of their social and emotional health. We aim for our lessons to be accessible to all and ensure that each of our children will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as future adults. Our aim is to provide children with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up within this. Our ambition is to give all children the opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Moreover, our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We offer our children leadership opportunities within the school and their local community. Through this subject we strive for the children to develop the core values: caring, resilient, reflective and collaborative.
PSHCE is delivered through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work which is in line with the National Curriculum. We have also embedded the Cornerstones Big Ideas and the Cambridge PSHE Service Scheme into lessons that are delivered within a whole school PSHE programme. The scheme of work includes:
Respectful relationships, being safe, mental wellbeing, families and people who care for me, online relationships, internet safety and harm, physical health and fitness, healthy eating, health prevention, changing adolescent body, basic first aid and drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
The scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values and SMSC into the curriculum. The spiral curriculum starts in Reception and follows the children through to Year 6. The distribution of the lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year such as Anti-Bullying Week, Science Week and sports events.
PSHCE is also delivered through key stage and class assemblies on a weekly basis. During these assemblies, children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
Through the scheme of work and links with the Cornerstones topics, our children will demonstrate and apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty from a young age. This will support children to become healthy and responsible members of society. Children will have gained an insight into life and work in modern Britain, and be well-prepared for the future.
By the end of KS1, children will understand different types of bullying (including cyberbullying), the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders (primarily reporting bullying to an adult) and how to get help. They will know where to get advice e.g. family, school and/or other sources and that each person’s body belongs to them, and the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact. Children will understand the importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines and how to achieve this; for example, walking or cycling to school, a daily active mile or other forms of regular, vigorous exercise.
By the end of KS2, children understand and explain the importance of self-respect and how this links to their own happiness. They understand practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationships. They will be aware that stable, caring relationships, which may be of different types, are at the heart of happy families, and are important for children’s security as they grow up. They will have full understanding of dental health and the benefits of good oral hygiene and dental flossing, including regular check-ups at the dentist.
All children will be confident, articulate learners that can work collaborative through different challenges they will face. They will develop resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude. They will be outward looking members of society that show respect and tolerance. Their emotional wellbeing and aspirations will have developed to allow them to look forward to their next steps in learning with confidence and self-belief.
Relationships & Sex Education
- RSE will mostly be delivered through PSHCE.
- Relationships Education will be taught in all Year groups.
- Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be taught to pupils in Years 5 and 6 only.
- Core knowledge will be broken down into smaller units and clearly communicated to pupils. It will be in line with the statutory Relationship and Sex Education guidelines, set out by the Department for Education.
The scheme of work will include:
- Respectful relationships, being safe, mental wellbeing, families and people who care for us and caring relationships
- online relationships, internet safety and harms, physical health and fitness, negative health prevention, and basic first aid. (From Year 3 onwards)
- Years 5 and 6 will cover the changing adolescent body, drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Only pupils in Years 5 and 6 will have a sex education programme tailored to their age, physical and emotional maturity. The teaching and materials will be appropriate, having regard for the age, religious background and special educational needs of the pupils.
The majority of the RSE scheme of work will be delivered in PSHCE lessons. However, there will be other opportunities to cover the latter. Through key stage and class assemblies. Also, during some Science lessons. There will also be occasions when whole school house days are used as opportunities to cover some of the units. Furthermore, the visiting ‘Life Education Bus’ will enable health promotion and drug prevention to be covered in a child friendly and sensitive manner.
Through the scheme of work delivered, The Beeches Primary School will ensure that all our young people are given the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships. Also, to build positive relationships based on respect, promote positive and emotional wellbeing, develop confidence, develop self-esteem and prepare some pupils for the changes that adolescence brings. Our RSE scheme of work will always reflect the needs of our pupils.
Miss Hussain, Miss Sandhu, Miss Lowman-Saran and Ms Marsden