At Coopers Lane, PSHE is a key part of the curriculum and is delivered in either circle time lessons, or within other subjects. Our core themes for each term are listed below and the skills and knowledge within each theme develop as children progress through each year group.
- how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts
- how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
- how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
- how to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
- how to respect equality and diversity in relationships
2. Living in the Wider World
- about respect for the self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
- about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
- about different groups and communities
- to respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community
- about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
- about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
- how money plays an important part in people’s lives
- a basic understanding of enterprise.
3. Health and Wellbeing
- what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
- how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- how to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
- ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
- about managing change, such as puberty, transition and loss
- how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing
- and to recognise sources of help with this
- how to respond in an emergency
- to identify different influences on health and wellbeing.
Throughout the year we will be linking our PSHE and assembly themes to the UNCRC – United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. We hold several assemblies to help children understand that they have rights and the responsibilities that go with these rights. We are currently working towards the GOLD award. For more information visit our RRS page.
Each year we take part in many events, which highlight the responsibilities, relating to Rights Respecting, such as raising money for Sport Relief for those children in need across the world (CRC 28). Each year group focuses throughout the year on a specific sustainable development goal and how they can work towards achieving the goal.
RHSE (Relationships, Health and Sex Education)
Relationships, Health and Sex Education is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.
The curriculum involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. We hope to prevent and remove prejudice, fostering gender equality and LGBT+ equality.
Pupils will be taught about the nature and importance of secure relationships for family life and bringing up children, understanding that there are strong and mutually supportive relationships outside of marriage. We try to ensure that no stigma is placed on children based on their home circumstances.
RHSE should contribute to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and within society, thus preparing them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We view the partnership of home and school as vital in providing a context.
RHSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
High quality Relationships, Health & Sex Education (RHSE) is every child’s right, no matter what their level of need or ability. We ensure RHSE is inclusive and meets the needs of all our pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Relationships Education should be a priority for pupils, especially those with social, emotional and mental health needs or learning disabilities. With RHSE at the heart of the school’s PSHE curriculum it has the power to respond to these challenges, so it is essential that RHSE is a developmental programme of teaching for all, across all years. Introducing consistent vocabulary in relation to toileting and personal care, with euphemisms avoided, and also taking everyday opportunities to teach about consent and personal space will benefit all pupils. There are clear links between RHSE and safeguarding, equality, anti-bullying and behaviour policies, and our school values.
- RHSE curriculum overview
- PHSE policy
- Parent request form to withdraw child from sex education lessons