PSHE and RSE
PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum. Relationships and sex education (RSE) is an important part of PSHE education. Relationships education is compulsory for all primary school pupils, and relationships and sex education (RSE) is compulsory for all secondary school pupils. - National Curriculum.
Intent, Implementation and Impact
PSHE lessons will prepare children for being good citizens. They will develop emotional intelligence and the ability to articulate their feelings in order to maintain good mental health as well as understanding the importance of their physical health and being healthy. Using a growth mindset strategy, the children will become resilient, flexible learners, knowledgeable for the future. PSHE is not a statutory subject in the National Curriculum. However, the National Curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. The intent at Withington Primary for PSHE education is to use the starting points of the children to provide the experiences, knowledge and skills to become good citizens in the future.
At Withington, the children will be given the vocabulary to be able to articulate their feelings. The intention is to promote mental wellbeing and empathy across the school and into the community. The children in our school have a range of family backgrounds and life experiences. It is important that we build upon these experiences to provide understanding of the diversity in our country as a whole in terms of race, religion, relationships. The intent is to develop tolerant, respectful young people, prepared for their future lives. PSHE also develops the understanding of health and fitness. In our school, we will give children the knowledge to be able to make informed choices with regards to diet and exercise. In our increasingly technological world, the children in Withington Primary use online resources frequently both in and outside of school. Our intent is to ensure all children are able to stay safe, making the correct choices about their use of technology.
The planning for PSHE lessons at Withington Primary was based upon plans designed by the PSHE Association to support planning a personalised and flexible PSHE education scheme of work over the course of a school year. It was used to enable us to develop our pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding based on the three core themes of the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
The toolkit was adapted to best meet our pupils’ readiness and needs.
The long term was adapted from the PSHE Association long-term plan that covers all three core themes over three terms. It takes into account progression and development of pupils’ understanding of the overarching concepts and development of essential skills. Topic areas are arranged into term ‘chunks’, which have been adapted to suit our planning requirements. Content has been selected to ensure opportunities to explore the overarching concepts and to develop the essential skills and attributes set out in the Programme of Study, through a programme that is relevant and appropriate to the ethos of our school and the needs of our pupils.
*A spiral programme will revisit themes, gradually extending thinking, expanding knowledge and developing skills, rather than providing a series of ‘one-off’ topic.
The class teachers deliver a PSHE lesson each week. At appropriate times in the year, there are themed weeks eg, British values week, Values week where the children focus on British Values and economic wellbeing.
* Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
* Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
* Children will have respect for themselves and others.
* Children will have positive body images.
* Children will know how to keep themselves safe physically, mentally and technologically.
Please use the links below to view our curriculum documents.