Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships Sex Education (RSE)
At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is at the heart of what we do in our school. PSHE and RSE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to develop as confident, healthy and independent individuals. Our PSHE and RSE curriculum intends to promote physical and emotional well-being for all of our children.
From September 2020 the Department for Education has made RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) compulsory for primary school pupils. At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School we agree that Relationships Education (RSE) is a ‘lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development’. It is about the understanding of the importance of: marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.’ (DfE July 2000).
In addition RSE will promote self-esteem and emotional health and well-being to help children form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, school, work and in the community.
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 EYFS, 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 KS1 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. In addition to the weekly timetabled lessons, 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 Lego Therapy for various children to help them build their resilience and confidence
We passionately believe that a meaningful PSHE and RSE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, kind, tolerant and well-rounded adults.
Progress is monitored during weekly PSHE/ RSE sessions to gauge the children’s understanding on what they have learnt. Some learning tasks will be recorded in books and teachers will be able to further monitor children’s understanding and knowledge on a particular topic. Normal everyday discussions with individual children and class groups will take place to highlight any areas within the curriculum that may need to be covered more in-depth to ensure children are continually to develop in well-rounded individuals.
We at Bracebridge Infant and Nursery school have every child’s best interest at heart. Our daily practice centres around the children being happy, well looked after and ready to learn. Our ultimate aim is to ensure every child is able to succeed and ‘Be the best they can be’.
The PSHE/RSE Coordinator in our school is Mrs H Bignell