PSHE including RSE
'It is in our hands to make a better world for all' - Nelson Mandela
Todwick Primary School, we promote a values-based ethos which nurtures social, emotional and life-skills; promoting self-belief, empathy and resilience. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. We encourage discussion of real-life issues in our world and challenge children to make a positive difference to their wider community and world through activities and experiences that go beyond the curriculum. This enables them to learn life skills to assist their personal, spiritual and physical growth. Well-being is a priority for all our pupils in Todwick Primary School so aim to provide opportunity to enable pupils to be taught about positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how healthy relationships can support mental wellbeing.
The subject leader is responsible for ensuring a whole school progression is outlined from FS2 to Year 6 and ensure teachers use a long term PSHE programme to equip all pupils with an age-appropriate, sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous year to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more.
The Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all primary schools from September 2020. It is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. The Relationships Element to RSE is statutory, however, parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from Sex Education content.
We build on statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum and in statutory guidance and follow the ‘Kapow’ scheme of work to provide consistency throughout our school, support staff with subject knowledge and to ensure all content is covered at an age appropriate level. Our Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received in-house CPD to support them in responding to the needs of the individual child and support children with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the RSE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they know where to seek advice and support. Staff will identify specific challenges faced by learners with special education needs and disabilities and ensure the curriculum delivery is inclusive and needs-led to ensure all pupils are accessing and achieving in every lesson. Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships and respect reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them. We teach a broad curriculum within PSHCE that references many areas such as drugs, relationships, mental well-being and online safety.
The subject leader is responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning of PSHE from FS2 to Year 6. The subject leader has a detailed action plan which is reviewed termly. Pupil voice interviews are conducted and reviewed in order to improve PSHE teaching and learning throughout school. Regular staff updates, CPD and support is offered to staff in order to guide their planning and teaching of PSHE. Adult guides and supporting resources are provided with each lesson. However, it is essential that resources are adapted to support the different learning needs of the children in each class including those with SEND.
At Todwick Primary School we aim for our children to receive an in depth curriculum which opens the door to their future success. We aim for our pupils to leave Todwick Primary School with the life-long skills to understand and develop healthy and positive relationships with themselves and others. We hope that a strong early understanding of this will enable pupils to feel safe and happy to deal with today’s society and to become a kind, responsible and respectful citizen providing them with the tools to make informed decisions and choices.
Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, we will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.
By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:
- Mental wellbeing
- Internet safety and harms
- Physical health and fitness
- Healthy eating
- Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic first aid
- Changing adolescent body
Sex Education and PSHE (Primary)
We believe that pupils should be given the opportunity to access a curriculum which prepares them for the changes that adolescence brings. We are choosing to provide our pupils with a sensitive, age appropriate curriculum which includes the components of Sex Education.
- To prepare pupils for the changes that occur to their bodies, minds and emotions as a consequence of growth from childhood to adulthood.
- To help support young people through spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development.
- To work in partnership with parents, families and the wider community to promote positive relationships and provide effective support for young people.
At Todwick Primary School, we will teach the Sex Education components of RSE during our PSHE lessons. Please see our detailed long term plan and progression of skills and knowledge below, which includes the content we plan to deliver in relation to Sex Education during PSHCE lessons and when.
However, if you are not happy for your child to take part, you have the right to withdraw them from any or all of it. We will then make alternative arrangements for your child for the duration of the teaching. If you would like to withdraw your child from Sex Education, please complete the form below and return to school. You will be informed when this part of the curriculum is being taught so you have that option.
Science and Sex Education
Under the National Curriculum, the basics of Sex Education fall within the science curriculum. The statutory content requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction. Please see the DfE Science Programme of Study below which includes specific content for each year group.
In Key Stage 1, pupils will:
Be introduced to the process of reproduction and growth in animals. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.
Key Stage 2, pupils will:
Be taught about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and sexual reproduction in animals. Pupils should draw a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. They should learn about the changes experienced in puberty.
The PSHE including RSE lead for school is Miss L Hawksworth. Please email if you have any further questions in regards to our PSHE including RSE curriculum contact email@example.com.