PSHE & RSE
We aim to help children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of themselves and others to support them in leading confident, healthy and safe lives. We want to help children learn about themselves as they grow and develop, and to understand their responsibilities as individuals and as members of their community whether financial, political or related to their health and wellbeing.
From September 2020, the teaching of Relationships Education and Physical Health and Mental Well-being will become a statutory requirement of all schools.
Our PSHE curriculum and school culture promote positive behaviour, and an understanding of how behaviour impacts on ourselves and relationships with others. Children learn to recognise what makes healthy relationships through the context of kindness, consideration and respect for all, including themselves. The building blocks of healthy relationships with friends and family, other children and adults are explored in an age-appropriate way, and link with our wider school teaching around values and positive behaviour. Children also learn about recognising healthy relationships in a range of contexts as well as how to recognise less positive relationships and what to do if they encounter these.
At Greave, the wellbeing of the whole child is central to our curriculum; its design develops children's resilience, positive attitudes towards learning and independence. Our curriculum supports the children spiritually, morally, socially and culturally to aid them in life beyond Greave in modern Britain and we share a cohesive vision to help children to understand and value how they and others fit into, and contribute to, the world. We have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health through the delivery of a programme of engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole school approach. We also promote and practise mindfulness and yoga, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Our approach aims to develop the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.
At Greave, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring and safe school. 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.
The curriculum for PSHE is delivered throughout the whole school using six focus topics: Rights and Responsibilities, Feelings and Friendships, Money, Safety and Risk, Health and Identity. Learning in each topic takes place during weekly whole class Circles lessons which explore the different themes. These themes are also embedded through all other lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning. Our PSHE programme teaches the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold; it helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children at Greave also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
RSE is taught as explicit lessons through the PSHE and science curriculums but is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. In PSHE, RSE is specifically covered in the ‘Health’ and ‘Safety and Risk’, ‘Feelings and Friendships’ units. as In science, ‘Animals Including Humans’ and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ units also cover the statutory requirements. 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. 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.
The impact of embedding the six focus topics will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally as well as enhancing the children’s education and helping them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens. We continuously formatively assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to achieve.
Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups. We ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future.