PSHE and RSE
“Everyone is a star and deserves a chance to shine.” Marilyn Monroe.
At Redby Academy PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning where the children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. PSHE provides the children with the building blocks in order for them to develop healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
As part of our whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes that children need to manage opportunities, challenges and responsibilities as they grow up, enabling them to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our effective PSHE programme enables staff to tackle barriers to learning and raise aspirations for our pupils.
PSHE has always been held in high regard at Redby Academy - we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We are dedicated to ensuring that Redby Academy is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school. Behaviour and attitude to learning is underpinned by values that are taught through PSHE lessons, making it integral to the success of the whole school. PSHE is at the heart of our school ethos. Topics are informed by the guidance from the DFE.
The children will learn about areas specific to RSHE such as health and wellbeing, living in the wider world and relationships. They will also experience the following:
- Visits from health professionals
- Workshops with outside agencies
- Experiences of various professions
PSHE is taught as both explicit lessons, using guidance from the PSHE Association; but it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. We aim to support:
- Happy and positive relationships
- Empathy and compassion
- The confidence to make the most of individual’s abilities
- Value and respect of diversity
- Respect for others’ rights to their own values and beliefs
- Evaluation (and appropriate challenge) of the opinions and arguments of others
- Leadership and presentation skills
- Strategies for managing influence
- Enterprise skills and attributes
- Skills for employability (aspiration, communication, creativity, goal setting)
- Taking positive risks
- Preparation for the next steps in life
We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: Play Leader, School Councillor, REACH Group, Librarian, whole school fundraising and engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: health workers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, secondary school pupils, artists, authors, representatives from the local church and many more. We participate in, and promote National events such as: Anti-Bullying Week, Mental Health Week and Road Safety Week, amongst others.
We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at Redby Academy and take part in Children’s Mental Health Week each year. We are very fortunate to have a trained ‘Mental Health First Aider’ on the staff. Pupils have a safe space to talk through their worries about school, friendships, family, or significant events such as bereavement or parents separating. In addition, staff and senior leaders speak to parents regularly about home concerns; in doing so, they have a greater understanding of the home lives and difficulties faced by some of our children.
PSHE books and class Journals evidence a broad and balanced curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children also record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. Significant theme days and weeks are celebrated such as Anti bullying and Mental Health. Evidence shows inclusive pupil engagement in activities and events and visitors also enrich the curriculum. Pupil voice is consistently encouraged and evidenced across the school.
The intended impact of our curriculum is that children build knowledge, make connection between this knowledge and use it to explore and create.
- Children will know more and remember more about PSHE/RSE with having dedicated time to learn.
- Children will be able to demonstrate a health outlook on life, health, school, family and friends, which will help with behaviour, care and respect.
- Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level in line with the new statutory guidelines.
- Children will have respect for themselves and others.
- Children will have positive body and mind image.
In EYFS, children are taught PSHE through all aspects of the curriculum. We acknowledge that nurturing the relationship between home, school and the community can be taught by encouraging children to work, share and co-operate. Children in EYFS are also taught how to become more independent and how to respect one another. They are encouraged to:
- Ask for help and talk to others
- Manage their thoughts and feelings
- Build new relationships
- Show respect to others
- Develop self-confidence and self-awareness
Curriculum Plans & Policies
We aim to create a learning environment that is inclusive and accessible for all pupils. Lessons will be taught in a way that is educational, sensitive yet enjoyable and teachers will remain inclusive and meet the needs all children. This is achieved by creating a space that feels safe and will encourage all children to explore their emotions and ask questions through carefully and appropriately planned lessons.
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