PSHE and RSE (Relationship and Sex Education)
At Great Kimble we ensure that PSHE, alongside our Christian Values (Respect, Thankfulness, Endurance, Forgiveness, Love and Hope), creates the backbone to the whole curriculum. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of responsibility by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We provide a programme of study which helps develop our children’s health and wellbeing, relationships and their ability to make positive contributions to the wider world.
The aim of our PSHE is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child.
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. It will give them the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social, spiritual and cultural issues that are part of growing up and are essential for all stages of their lives.
We recognise the importance of developing awareness of mental wellbeing and empathy across the school and in their community. We develop our children’s emotional intelligence and the ability to articulate their feelings in order to maintain good mental health as well as understanding the importance of their physical health and being healthy. At Great Kimble we promote a growth mindset strategy which enables our children to become resilient, flexible learners who develop a love for knowledge and a positive attitude towards the future.
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, now and throughout their lives.
At Great Kimble School our PSHE programme of study is based upon the PSHE Association long-term plan that covers three core themes:
Autumn Term: Core Theme 1 – Health and Wellbeing
Spring Term: Core Theme 2 – Relationships
Summer Term: Core Theme 3 – Living in the Wider World.
Topic areas are arranged into half-term ‘chunks’, which have been adapted to suit our Rolling Programmes across Key Stage 1 and 2. Content has been selected to ensure opportunities to explore the overarching concepts and to develop the essential skills and attributes set out in the Programme of Study, through a programme that is relevant and appropriate to the ethos of our school and the needs of our pupils.
Our teachers plan lessons over the year ensuring that the key concepts and skills identified by the PSHE association programme of study, and a broad range of topics are taught under the umbrella themes of Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. These topics can be seen in more detail within our Scheme of Work document below. At Great Kimble we understand the importance of a flexible PSHE curriculum and ensure teachers respond to any specific needs as they arise. Lessons use a variety of teaching methods including: discussion, debate, individual and small group work, written work, games and drama. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including individual books and working together class books. It is not always appropriate to record work within a PSHE lesson but the evidence of learning and progress made will be evident in pupil reflection and assessment tasks. At Great Kimble our PSHE is taught as a discreet weekly lesson. Links are made within other curriculum areas including collective worship and weekly Picture News. Planned enrichment days also take place each year, examples of which include an Anti-Bullying Day, World Mental Health Day and an Online Safety Day. Further aspects of Great Kimble School which support and develop the delivery of the PSHE curriculum come through the work of the school council and the charity work that our children are involved with.
At Great Kimble we set the same high expectations for PSHE as it is for other curriculum areas. It is important to recognise that assessment in PSHE is not about passing and failing or about behavioural outcomes. The most meaningful assessment model is assessing where a pupil is at the end of a lesson or series of lessons against where they were at the start. Through base line assessment at the beginning of a lesson or topic (we call this a Cold Task), teachers and pupils recognise what they currently know and understand. Assessment for learning (for example: questioning, mini-plenary and reflection) is built in to lessons to give children chance to consider how they are developing and how the PSHE curriculum is impacting on their lives (personal qualities, attitude, skills, attributes, achievements and influences). Assessment of learning at the end of learning will show how much impact lessons have had and show progress made from the starting point and inform future teaching.
RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
The new curriculum includes Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). Although the Relationship Education is now statutory, aspects of the Sex Education remain non-statutory. These lessons will be delivered sensitively and professionally, with the view to splitting boys and girls into separate groups once children reach Years 5 and 6.
We will write to you and inform you of what will be taught during these sessions for each year group. Parents will not be able to withdraw their children from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education. Parents will be able to withdraw their children from any aspects of Sex Education other than those which are part of the Science Curriculum.
If you wish to withdraw your child from these sessions (If it is not within the Relationships or Science Curriculum) You must give a written request to the Head Teacher. Information on this can be found in the RSE Policy
We were due to deliver the set of three RSE (Sex Education) lessons during Spring Term 2. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation we have decided that for the children’s interests that we will now postpone these lessons until Summer Term 2. This will give the children time to consolidate the Relationship objectives that are currently being delivered remotely. The RSE lessons will therefore fit in with the aspects of Respect and Valuing Differences covered within the core theme 3, Living in a Wider World.
During Summer Term 1 a letter will be sent home with details of what each set of lessons for your child’s year will look like. This will then give you time to look through and ask any questions before the lessons are delivered after the half term.
The RSE Parent Information Evening slides along with the RSE Policy and an overview of the RSE lessons can be found under the RSE part of the curriculum on the school website.
RSE Schemes of Work
The following documents give you information on the overview for each year group. These will give you clarity over what is covered in each year group, more information on specific lessons and vocabulary will be sent out before the lessons are delivered.