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PSHE and Relationships Education at Buckingham Park Primary School

Intent: Why do we teach PSHE and Relationships Education?

At Buckingham Park the intention is that children thrive as individuals and become healthy, indpendent and responsible members of society.  Our objective is to enable children to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes which enable them to build their capacity for learning, access the wider curriculum and achieve their potential accademically.  We are committed to developing children’s self-esteem and their sense of self worth so that they are emotionally healthy and prepared for life and work.  We aim for all children to understand how to be safe and to develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.

The PSHE Association evaulated research ‘A case for PSHE’ indicates that PSHE when taught well, ‘helps keep children and young people safe, physically and emotionally healthy and prepared for life and work’.

The PSHE Association evaluated research ‘PSHE, Accadmic Attaintment  and Employability’ indicates that there is ‘growing evidence to suggest that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils’ accademic achievement, employability and future life chances’.

Implementation: How do we teach PSHE and Relationships Education?

Children learn PSHE and Relationships Education through explicit lessons taught by familiar teachers in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment.  The broad curriculum supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum, the West Sussex Education for Safeguarding framework (E4S) and the DfE statutory Relationships Education and Health Education guidance.  Our curriculum reflects the universal needs of all children as well as the specific needs of the children in our school.  It allows a progressive approach which enables children to develop knowledge, skills and attributes, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year.  This enables children to know more, remember more and understand more.  The RSE curriculum is taught through PSHE and Science where all statutory content is covered by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children.  At Buckingham Park, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos.  Our high expectations of behavior, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world; this is embedded in our school values of Empathy, Perseverance, Independence, Collaboration and Creativity (EPICC).  We enhance the delivery of PSHE and Relationship Education by inviting members of the community to share their specialist subject knowledge.  We participate in National events such as Anti-Bullying Week and Child Mental Health Week. 

Learning is organized into 3 core themes:

1.       Health and Wellbeing

2.       Relationships

3.       Living in the Wider World

What is the impact of our curriculum?

Pupils not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the PSHE curriculum, but to develop their sense of self-worth needed to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We expect our children to:

  • develop positive and healthy relationships with their peers now and in the future;
  • demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school with good attendance and good behaviour;
  • demonstrate a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community and a global community;
  • demonstrate empathy and compassion;
  • celebrate similarities and differences such as diversity, disability and friendship;
  • accept everyone’s right to be ‘different’;
  • have respect for themselves and others;
  • recognise the difference between right and wrong and readily apply this understanding to their own lives;
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy - Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty;
  • demonstrate perseverance to overcome challenges, manage their emotions and share aspirations and personal strengths;
  • build a capacity for learning across all curriculum areas as well as their everyday lives;
  • be emotionally and physically healthy promoting good relationships with food, managing stress and body image;
  • keep themselves safe in and out of school;
  • deal with changes of many types, from growing young to old to becoming a teenager.
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