PSHE / RSE at The Deans

The intent of our PSHE/RSE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. Children will know more, remember more and understand more. The intent of the design of the curriculum is, with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates RSE so that children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships and explore the complexity of the relationships they will have both now and throughout their lives. ‘RSE is a lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings’. (Sex Education Forum 1999).

Taking account of the age, maturity and needs of the pupils, Relationships and Sex Education aims to:

  • Help children to develop feelings of self-respect, self-esteem, self-confidence, sympathy and empathy
  • Prepare pupils for puberty.
  • Give children an understanding of reproduction and sexual development.
  • Give children an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene.
  • Develop and use communication skills and assertiveness skills to cope with the influences of their peers and the media.
  • Answer pupils’ questions honestly and sensitively – referring the child to parents where appropriate.
  • Enable children to recognise unsafe situations and be able to protect themselves and be confident to ask for help and support.
  • Help children to understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within relationships inside and outside of school.

We believe that effective RSE can make a significant contribution to their ability to establish and maintain stable and loving relationships. It also enables young people to respect others, make responsible and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and also promotes the British values of tolerance.

We aim to equip children with essential skills for life; to develop the whole child through lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes / attitudes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them.

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. PSHE/RSE curriculum coverage is a vital tool in preparing children for life in society now and in the future. Lessons in this scheme of work have their foundations in seeing each and everybody’s value in society, from appreciation of others, to promoting strong and positive views of self. The units aim to cover a wide range of the social and emotional aspects of learning, enabling children to develop their identity and self-esteem as active, confident members of their community.
The PSHE/RSE programme at The Dean’s Primary School will reflect our school ethos and demonstrate and encourage the following values:- Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for their own actions; Responsibility for their family, friends, schools and the wider community. We will strive to encourage our pupils to consider Philosophical questions and to discuss and reflect on their thoughts and considerations of others.

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