PSHE & RSE
It is our intention at Glascote Academy to provide a PSHE curriculum that is accessible to all and that will equip our children with the knowledge, skills and emotions needed to play an active role in society. We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community including, pupils, staff and families. We want our children to become successful learners, develop to their full potential and achieve the highest educational standards that they can.
We want our pupils to:
The promotion of our pupils’ personal development at Glascote Academy is at the heart of everything that we do. It is a fundamental aspect of their education and underpins all other learning.
Children with SEND will access all lessons via scaffolding up as necessary and our staff will ensure that high expectations are held for all children.
As a school we use You, Me and PSHE, a comprehensive programme of work for PSHE and wellbeing education.
This scheme promotes positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. It covers all of the DfE’s statutory requirements for Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education.
We follow the termly units and adapt the programme of work where necessary to meet the needs and requirements of all of our children.
Through weekly timetabled PSHE lessons children have access to key and accurate knowledge, language and meanings. They will develop their understanding of PSHE and will be given opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities. They will develop a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life.
Our PSHE curriculum is taught in a variety of ways and a range of teaching strategies are used such as: circle time, role-play, discussions (whole class, individual, small group or in pairs,) stories e.g. exploring behaviour of characters, creative activities, and pupil-initiated activities. Visitors such as the emergency services and people from the community offer additional learning and complement our PSHE curriculum.
Beyond the planned programme for PSHE, we provide our children with a variety of experiences and opportunities to further learn about PSHE. These opportunities have the potential to promote their personal and social development and their economic education. These may include assemblies, cross curricular teaching, fund raising and charity events-interaction with members of the local community, outdoor weeks, visiting speakers and professionals, visits to places of interest, residentials and themed days.
For pupils in Early Years, Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is a prime area of learning, which supports their learning in all other areas. In Early Years it is about making connections and is strongly linked to play. It supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves and is an integral part of the daily school life.
From September 2020 it is compulsory for schools to teach the Relationships and Health Education aspects of PSHE.
The new statutory requirements do not extend to sex education (beyond the biological/reproductive aspects that are required in our Science curriculum,) however the Department for Education strongly encourages primary schools to deliver age-appropriate sex education.
As part of Relationships, Sex and Health Education at our school, children will learn about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, including the changes that take place at puberty. It will provide our children with the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to, friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other peers and adults. Children also learn how to keep themselves safe and to ask for help when they need it.
RSHE will be taught as part of our PSHE programme using the You, Me and PSHE programme of work. It is taught throughout the school in Years 2, 4 and 6 and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Governing Body.
All teaching in RSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. Lessons will be age-appropriate, and a variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.
RSHE will also be covered in Computing lessons – this will include teaching pupils how to be safe online, and about cyberbullying.
For more information, see the resources below and read our RSHE policy.
By the time children leave us they will:
Assessment within discrete PSHE lessons, will ensure that pupils are building on their skills and knowledge over time. It will demonstrate progression and also uniformity between parallel classes. Predetermined long and medium-term planning allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within lessons and can help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons.