At The Meads Primary School, we believe that teaching personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is vital in providing a broad and balanced curriculum that equips children with essential skills for life.
PSHE learning takes many forms: through whole-class teaching, smaller group activities, assemblies, guest speakers and discrete lessons. During PSHE sessions, children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Children spend time considering scenarios and possible responses to them.
Our PSHE curriculum provides children with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help children to stay healthy and safe, and to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.
The PSHE programme supports the development of skills, attributes, values and patterns of behaviour, which enable pupils to:
- Value themselves and others
- Form and maintain healthy relationships
- Know how to keep safe and recognise dangers
- Understand their rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens
- Respect equality and be productive members of a diverse community
- Understand the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
- Understand how their bodies grow and change.
At The Meads, we follow three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. Where possible, cross-curricular links are made between PSHE and other subjects, for example in Science and English.
In RSE, children will learn accurate and age-appropriate skills, attitudes and knowledge about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. Our RSE curriculum gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline.
RSE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. RSE is taught in the context of family life and as part of a wider social, personal, spiritual and moral education process and is not viewed in isolation. Developing self-awareness, managing change and building positive relationships are an integral part of our RSHE curriculum and help prepare children for the future.