PSHE, SRE and No Outsiders
Every child will access a full and diverse curriculum which challenges and develops them to grow academically, personally and socially.
As spiritual beacons and through our curriculum we are all:
Through our PSHE, SRE and No Outsiders Lessons we interweave these drivers in as many ways as possible.
Reading we encourage children to read new vocabulary, read information and symbols to keep them safe and read ideas and views of others to understand a bigger picture. Children are introduced to picture books that raise their awareness of different topics for example families, diversity and racism.
Believers all children should believe in themselves, they should have the confidence to go out into the community around them as well as the wider world. They should believe that they are all different but if they develop strong relationships, a sense of safety and understanding of being healthy they should be confident and positive about themselves. Our HeartSmart curriculum is focused on the children developing a love for themselves and for others around them.
Communicators children will explore how to communicate their emotions in a range of ways. They will be given support to help share their feelings, their concerns and their opinions in an appropriate way. Lessons will allow children to communicate to their peers and adults in different ways for example discussion and role play
Explorers children will explore themselves and others. They will have an understanding of what makes them unique, what makes them feel happy and safe and what might make them feel worried. They will learn about difference and acceptance and understand views and opinions of others too.
Our Heart Smart PSHE Curriculum
Heart Smart scheme of work uses Boris the Robot to discuss themes and issues that help children learn to love themselves and others. Through the HeartSmart lessons children cover the statutory Relationships and Health Education. Topics covered are learning about families and people who care for us, how to develop respectful relationships, how to keep safe (including online) and how to keep healthy both pyhsically and mentally.
With our Christian values and No Outsiders work underpinning our teaching across school we will aim to deliver this SRE curriculum with sensitivity and understanding and ensuring all children feel valued. Through these drivers and the delivery of the SRE curriculum we want our children to have clear understanding of themselves and the world around them. All children should know what is healthy (in a range of contexts) and how to keep themselves safe.
No Outsiders is taught through a range of picture books that are selected carefully for each age group. The books allow children to reflect on diversity, equality and inclusion. These books and the message of No Outsiders - Everyone is Welcome - reflects our Christian Values. During our lessons, children get the opportunity for lots of discussion as well as drama and art based activities too. These books are introduced at the beginning of each term. There are often opportunities for children to present their ideas and opinions in local competitions too. Recently some children read their work at the Story House in Chester.
Our children will be taught the statutory aims of the Relationships Education through our HeartSmart curriculum and we will teach Sex Education in line with what our school community needs. We have taken steps to ensure that lessons and topics are taught in an age appropriate manner. Based on feedback from parents on the RSE Curriculum we have tailored our lessons to meet the needs of our children. We will use elements from the Christopher Winters Project when looking the Sex Education element of the curriculum for our pupils. All resources are available from school to look at. Before teaching our Sex Education lessons, parents will be informed and information shared on what will be covered. If you do not wish for your child to be part of the non-statutory lessons please come and speak to someone at school. Please see our RSE Policy for more information.
As ever we will always take the needs of our children in to consideration. With our Christian values and No Outsiders work underpinning our teaching across school we aim to deliver this element curriculum with sensitivity and understanding and ensuring all children feel valued.
With subjects such as RSE they may lead to conversations and questions from children that may not appear within the curriculum, teachers will choose whether they need to discuss issues raised with the class or with children individually.
Should issues arise during the school year that need to be covered again or earlier than planned for, teachers will do so to ensure children remain safe and happy.
Feedback from Parent Questionnaire
When developing our curriculum we asked parents what they wanted to be covered throughout our RSE Curriculum, here are some of the issues raised and how we include them.
- All families will be celebrated, this will include single parent families, families with same sex parents and those where friends form family.
- Marriage is discussed in Y6 but there will be an understanding that it is not for everyone and it may not last
- Where friendships makes us feel unvalued it is ok not to continue these friendships
- Children will reflect upon keeping themselves safe from strangers both in real life and online and what and who can help us in difficult situations e.g. police, fire service knowing our addresses
- Strategies to help with mental health issues e.g. mindfulness will be discussed
- Positive body image will be discussed and that we all look different, keeping ourselves healthy (eating and exercise) is important not what we look like
- Healthy eating and exercise will be discussed in a positive manner encouraging children to try new things
- When talking about drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the reasons why people use these things will be discussed as well as that even though some are legal they can still be addictive and lead to long term health problems
- Immunisations, vaccines, allergies will be discussed, children will learn what they are but they will understand that vaccinations are choices
- When discussing puberty both boys and girls will learn about the changes that happen to each other and that changes take place at different ages and never to feel embarrassed about what is happening
- Contraception will be alluded to in Y6 in a way that children understand that people may enter into a sexual relationship without having to have a baby and keeping themselves healthy