Our Approach to PSHE & RSE
Our PSHE curriculum aims to prepare each child for their life in the wider world, both as children and as adults. We look to develop the child as a whole person, able to make their own informed decisions, knowing how their actions can affect others, and how they can keep themselves safe. They will be encouraged to make a valued contribution to the school and society as a whole.
PSHE is taught weekly in Key Stages 1 and 2 and as an integral part of the Early Years curriculum. The Jigsaw and PSHE association toolkits are available to staff to aid planning. These suggest key questions and areas for discussion but will be adjusted and developed to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of individual classes. Lessons may be used for specific eventualities e.g. child bereavement. Links are made to other subject areas whenever possible, especially RE, science and computing to ensure a cross curricular approach to learning.
During the year, children will focus on the six areas of Being Me, Celebrating Differences, Changing Me, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, and Relationships. Each year group will focus on a different aspect of the topic so that children gain a deeper understanding as they progress through the school.
Children have individual journals in which they can record their thoughts, feelings and responses to PSHE lessons. The emphasis is on their understanding of the issues and how they might react to different situations. They learn how to relate to others, keeping themselves healthy and safe. Progress is also recorded in the wider curriculum impact grids which reflect our focus on the whole development of the child and the impact of PSHE in other subjects across the curriculum.
During the year, children will take part in themed weeks which reflect different aspects of the PSHE curriculum. These will include Anti-Bullying week, Road safety week, Downs Syndrome Day and Mental Health Awareness.
A Journey in Love is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.
Throughout A Journey in Love, an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each group, children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary Years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.
A Journey in Love highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home. As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from Sex Education at anytime if you wish to do so.