Teaching Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship, and Sex & Relationship Education.
We believe that Sex and Relationship Education is a lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and confirming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings. Through the teaching of SRE and Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education, we can promote self-esteem, emotional health and wellbeing, and help children form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships based on respect for themselves and others at home, school , work and in the community. We actively promote fundamental British Values – see curriculum tab, and these are referenced in our teaching and links to Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty to safeguard children from radicalisation.
Please see our policy for detailed information on our teaching of PSHCE and SRE.
The teaching of SRE and PSHCE is linked to three core themes across the year. These are:
- Relationships –focus for Autumn Term
- Living in the Wider World – focus for Spring Term
- Health & Wellbeing – focus for Summer Term.
Through revisiting themes, we aim to challenge and deepen pupil’s thinking. PSHCE cuts across the whole curriculum. We select content that is relevant to pupils, and consider pupils’ readiness and age when doing so. The school includes Global Learning Education in the curriculum, and the school is a member of the Global Learning Partnership. We are working in a local cluster to develop Global Learning. We have also registered with UNICEF to start working towards a ‘Rights Respecting School Award’, to help children understand the United Nations Charter for the rights of all children across the world.
We ensure that all pupils develop a range of skills through the teaching of PSHCE and SRE:
- Interpersonal skills for self-management
- Interpersonal skills to develop positive relationships in a wider world
- Skills of enquiry – critical and evaluative thinking
Key leads for PSHCE , SRE and Global Education.
- Mrs A Griffiths- Headteacher
- Mrs Payne – Safeguarding and Pastoral Lead.
- Mr Lobely- Global Learning, along with music and outdoor education
- Miss Castellain- Global Learning along with humanities
Some examples of how we teach PSHCE are:
- Assemblies and programme of events across the year linked to core themes. These include: School Council elections and a visit from MP Justin Madders and the Mayor linked to looking at the role of Parliament and the monarchy; Remembrance theme work; Harvest assembly and Fair Trade focus in Spring Term 16; Maths week – Spring term 16; Safer Internet Week in February 16, theatre group visits focusing on E-Safety and bullying; Multi Faith weeks – autumn and summer term; Healthy Living focus- summer term linked to Olympics and sports day; developing enterprise education – summer term.
- Involvement of children in raising awareness of key themes and working with their peers and staff: e.g. Eco officers, Safety Officers, Play leaders, School Council, Head Boy and Head Girl, Charity Workers. This has included helping to raise money for key charities – see Charity Tab, raising money for the school – see School Council Tab, working with staff to promote environmental education e.g. gardening club and management of school allotment, promoting road safety, Let’s Bike training, recycling focus, helping to organise games and activities at lunchtime and ensuring there is wide range of sporting opportunities on offer.
- Cross curricular work and specific teaching time e.g. Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Payne working with classes across the school on specific themes e.g. anti-bullying, looking at where food comes from, citizenship education, the Prevent Agenda; class teachers are providing discussion slots on ‘In the News’ and Circle time to discuss things; additional opportunities for pastoral work across the school to support pupils; e safety linked to the computing curriculum; environmental and healthy living education linked to work in science and geography; understand of culture and key events linked to RE and humanities. Classes post up information on what they are teaching each term – see class pages. Specific information for classes regarding sex and relationship education is shared with parents/carers in advance of sessions and is age appropriate.
- Wider school work and events: Global Learning cluster work, Neston science cluster work that includes current focus on careers education, residential and school visits across the year linked to topic work or to promote health and wellbeing, Ignite Cluster Science Stem Festival and Ignite Arts Festival.