At Kinnerley Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. Through the teaching of PSHE, we aim to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. 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.
Our PSHE curriculum is taken from the PHSE association, which has been developed to follow the three main strands of: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
The curriculum is taught over a two or three year rolling curriculum, which enables all children to have access to the three main strands.
Circle time, assemblies and additional PSHE sessions are planned for, to address issues that may arise within the school or wider community during a school year. Within the school’s wider approach to PSHE, issues such as bullying are taught explicitly and are part of the school’s culture and ethos. Links are made within the computing curriculum around elements such as cyber bullying, e-safety and influence of the media.
From September 2020, the teaching of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) became a compulsory component to teach within primary schools.
The government has stated that ‘In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.’
Here at Kinnerley, we follow the Respect Yourself programme developed by Shropshire Council, which provides an in-depth overview of issues such as relationships and sex education.
This prepares the children for the changes they may experience and allows them to move on to secondary with a better understanding of RSE.