Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships Sex Education (RSE)
At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery school our whole school approach to PSHE and RSE equips the children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to develop as confident, healthy and independent individuals. Our PSHE curriculum incorporates the RSE requirements and covers all aspects to help promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of all our children.
The core themes of our PSHE programme of study focuses on Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World.
The objectives of our PSHE curriculum are to enable the children to:
At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery school our PSHE and RSE curriculum has been created using the statutory guidance and other supporting documentation from the PSHE Association. Our PSHE covers a range of topics including families and friends, emotions and caring friendships, looking after myself and my own mental wellbeing, keeping safe, taking care of the environment and money, rights and responsibilities all at a level that is appropriate to the children’s ages.
In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the topic work covered throughout the entire year. Many aspects of the Early Learning Goals are steered towards children’s physical and emotional development and wellbeing. The PSHE curriculum in our EYFS incorporates the new RSE requirements. This includes teaching the children what a being a good friend consists of, how to share and take turns and being kind. These aspects form elements of our weekly PSHE sessions, but are also discussed, highlighted, referenced and role-modelled daily. A weekly PSHE lesson is taught in reception, the sessions range from circle time discussions, role play or story-based learning.
In Key Stage One weekly PSHE/RSE sessions of around 40 minutes are taught in each class. The lessons are planned according to the different levels of children’s skills and previous knowledge. A range of teaching strategies and learning styles including circle time, class discussions, role play and drama and group work are employed. In addition to this PSHE is also taught within other subject areas. PSHE is also addressed on a daily basis as such questions or incidents arise. At times, teachers may choose to hold a circle time session or restorative justice approach in response to a particular event or issue. Whole school assemblies are also held to provide extra opportunities to enhance pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development promoting our school values and celebrating achievement.
British Values are promoted within our school in order to help prepare our children for life in modern Britain. This is done through PSHE lessons, across the whole curriculum and through the use of the school council. The children explore democracy, rights and responsibilities, respect and tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and opinions.
In order to ensure all of our children are able to manage and develop their emotional well-being a current member of staff within school has undertaken the ELSA training and runs sessions to support such individual children who may need additional support. Furthermore, we offer a lunchtime Nurture club and run the accredited FUN friends course for various children to help them build their resilience, confidence and self-esteem.
We passionately believe that a meaningful PSHE and RSE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, kind, tolerant and well-rounded adults. At Bracebridge Infant School we teach our children to take turns, use kind and positive words and listen and respect others. Our children leave our school as respectful, independent and responsible learners. They are equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to maintain healthy lifestyles, develop positive relationships and be responsible members of the community.
The PSHE/RSE Coordinator in our school is Mrs H Bignell