The RSE and PSHE Curriculum at Woolaston Primary
Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) promotes children's personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. PSHE plays a significant role in the development of the whole child and helps to prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. PSHE helps children to develop a better understanding of themselves and their emotions, as well as the emotions and perspectives of others, and cultivates the skills needed to build and maintain healthy relationships with peers.
PSHE plays a significant part in providing a balanced and broadly-based curriculum in relation to children’s personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
Relationships Education focusses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health Education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
Our PSHE and RSHE programme strives to promote the Our School Values of Respect, Perseverance, Friendship, Courage, Compassion and Thankfulness which stem from our school vision: School key learning behaviours are linked to the values and vision, which are taught, modelled and encouraged in and through PSHE and RSHE lessons to ensure our children become well informed and resilient individuals.
to equip our pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to become healthy, respectful and happy members of society. Our curriculum intends to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that foster pupils’ knowledge and skills necessary to grow personally and socially, to protect and enhance their wellbeing, to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, who are able to responsibly contribute to a culturally diverse society and lead rich and productive lives.
All the topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide all pupils with appropriate and essential safeguarding knowledge to enable them to know they can ask for help.
Our programme promotes a deep understanding of British Values, We teach our children about cultural diversity and what it is to be globally aware. They develop appreciation of others and their value in society, as well as building positive views of themselves, so as to develop their self-worth, a strong sense of identity and become confident citizens by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Planning for PSHE and RSHE mainly comes from a Primary Scheme of Work called SCARF - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship (Coram Life Education). Developed by teachers and centred on a values-based and ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, SCARF's lesson plans and resources help to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. Part of our PSHE programme at Woolaston includes an annual visit to the ‘Life-Ed Inflatable’ from Coram Life Education for each class to focus on key themes and concepts in PSHE.
SCARF lesson plans are organised around the PSHE Association's Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities, which includes three core themes of Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and, Living in the Wider World. These themes have been broken down into six main areas, which are revisited every year to allow progression in skills and coverage in each key area.
At Woolaston we have ordered the termly units as follows to best fit our curriculum:
For the Growing and Changing Unit, teachers follow the planning for Relationships and Sex Education provided by Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning, which works well for Gloucestershire Schools.
Lessons are taught in a range of formats, such as circle time, outdoor learning, discrete lessons in the classroom or as part of a cross curricular or pastoral approach. Particular links are made with Computing, Science and PE but PSHE cross curricular links are also made in many other subjects. Lessons can also be planned based around the needs of particular individuals or cohorts, as well as the results of the school’s Pupil Wellbeing Survey where applicable.
PSHE and RSHE is embedded into daily school life, through our vision, values and learning behaviours which help pupils manage their emotions and actions with increasing awareness and independence. There is an annual programme of PSHE events to support our PSHE curriculum.
Learning in PSHE / RSHE is recorded in a variety of ways, including in pupil books, tapestry observations and teacher notes.
Children are encouraged to self-assess in PSHE and RSHE and teachers make use of formative assessment through focused questioning and observation of pupils. Summative assessment takes place every half term, and is in line with the school’s approach to foundation subject assessment.
The subject leader for PSHE / RSHE conducts pupil voice surveys to gain children’s views on PSHE – their learning and enjoyment of the subject as well as their ideas for improving lessons. Teachers reflect regularly on their teaching of the subject and the impact on the children through things such as: the vocabulary children use; their involvement in clubs and extra-curricular activities; the way they interact with each other; the way the children talk and behave around the school.
Displays showing our school values and key learning behaviours are evident around school.
Feedback from parents, visitors to school and secondary schools reflects the impact of our PSHE / RSHE curriculum and teaching on our pupils with regards to their attitude, behaviour and involvement.