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Relationships and Health Education (PSHE)

RATIONALE

Whilst PSHE is a foundation subject within the curriculum, it has extremely high value within our school so that we can support the children’s personal and social development. At Broomwood, our core values of: being respectful; demonstrating togetherness; welcoming everybody; valuing commitment and behaving in a nurturing manner underpin everything that we do. Holding the children accountable for upholding these values is imperative for our community to continue to thrive. It is through our progressive PSHE curriculum that we support our children to understand how these core values look within their experiences, both within their local community and in the wider world, whilst enabling them to problem solve how to deal with the challenges that they may face as they grow and develop. Ultimately, we intend for our children to become life-long role models within their community. Our PSHE curriculum offers the children a balance between analysing and learning how they should behave towards others as well as how they can recognise and support their individual mental well-being. With an understanding that happy children will ultimately become successful learners, we provide the children with the knowledge and tools to communicate how they feel, through the use of an emotional well-being scale, and how to develop a healthy mind.

INTENT

By the end of their primary years, we intend for our children to have success in fulfilling the end of primary statutory requirements as set out in the National Curriculum. At Broomwood, our bespoke curriculum encompasses the statutory requirements of relationships, health education and the growing and changing curriculum whilst further teaching the children about the environment and their rights and responsibilities. In order for our curriculum, which is inspired by the PSHE Association, to be age appropriate, the objectives are discrete to each year group. At Broomwood we use a thematic approach, with each year group’s objectives divided into the three key themes of Health and WellbeingKeeping Safe, Growing and Changing and Healthy LifestylesLiving in the Wider WorldRights and ResponsibilitiesEnvironment and Money and RelationshipsFeelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference and Online Relationships therefore this repetition of core themes enables our children to have mastery in these key areas.  Throughout each of the curriculum areas, there is a strong emphasis on the children sharing their opinions, experiences and viewpoint, developing the key skills of resilience and having emotional intelligence. Our substantive knowledge is set in our curriculum overview document. The disciplinary knowledge that we expect our children to demonstrate in their day-to-day behaviours is detailed in our planning overviews, with the intention of ensuring that we support our children to: become experts in our core values, have a secure interpretation of themselves and have the ability to support themselves and others through change and development.

IMPLEMENTATION 

Within our curriculum, equality has the highest regard, therefore we challenge all forms of discrimination. Since our yearly overviews have been designed to have progressive objectives, the children are able to draw on their previous knowledge and build on what they have already learnt. Examples of learning are presented in a floor book. During our PSHE lessons, we learn through activities which enable us to share our opinions as well as our personal experiences, such as: discussing approaches in a real-life scenario, analysing a real-life event, drawing on our own situations or creating messages of advice. Assemblies are used to further enhance the curriculum, as well as to address any issues that arise at a wider school level. Support for children who may be struggling to understand substantive knowledge that links to their relationships or health and well-being is offered in school through pastoral care and repair activities.

 

Our bespoke Growing and Changing Curriculum design, within Upper Key Stage Two, fulfils the statutory requirements, whilst offering our children a scientifically accurate view of reproduction which is appropriate for their age and maturity. Each year we invite parents and carers to a workshop so that we can share with them the knowledge that the children will learn in order for them to support their child to make sense of this learning at home. We have designed a clear policy to support the understanding of the key areas of Child-on-Child Abuse, including the different types of bullying (cyber, physical, verbal and emotional); sexual harassment, as well as identifying and maintaining healthy and unhealthy relationships, and each of these core themes are evident in the strands of our PSHE curriculum.

IMPACT

Our children are taught to articulate their emotions in an open and trusting environment. As they grow, they need to have sufficient knowledge to make informed decisions about what is morally and socially the right decision, thinking critically and creatively whilst drawing on their substantive knowledge, when faced with adversity. Through upholding our core values, all children, irrespective of background or opportunity, are taught to raise their ambitions and are empowered with the skills that they need to become the successful in society.

Our Health and Wellbeing curriculum will enable the children to:

  • understand how to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle with an understanding of the effects of harmful substances.
  • through their clear understanding of the PANTs rule and personal boundaries, be able to identify unwanted and harmful touch, reporting it accordingly.

Our Relationships curriculum will enable the children to:

  • have developed a positive self-esteem with a secure understanding of what their personal strengths and areas for development are.
  • be confident in their identity
  • on a personal level, understand what they can do to look after and care for their mental health and well-being.
  • know how to identify and deal with peer pressure; a skill which we consider to be imperative as the children will soon embark on their teenage journey.
  • be able to recognise and name the different types of abuse with a sufficient understanding of how to gain support and report abuse.
  • have a comprehensive understanding of what is a healthy relationship, as well as having the skills to maintain a secure relationship.
  • be welcoming of diversity whilst appreciating and celebrating difference, with an understanding that there are different perceptions of normal.

Our Living in the Wider World curriculum will enable the children to:

  • understand that they have rights and responsibilities within their local and wider community
  • be in control of their early finances
  • be a responsible digital citizen, considering what the impact of their communication online will have on their digital footprint.

Broomwood PSHE National Guidance

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