PSHE and RSE

Pupils will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe.  Through PHSE and specifically RSE, Pupils will be taught the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, online relationships and relationships with other children and with adults.

This includes developing resilience, self esteem, risk management, team working and critical thinking within the three core themes. The aim is to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development (SMSC). This will enable pupils to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate effectively in a variety of settings.

The three core themes are:

  • Health and Wellbeing;
  • Relationships;
  • Living in the Wider World.

At Gawthorpe Community Academy, we are developing a cohesive and holistic approach across PHSE, RSE, SMSC, PE and through our values which health and well- being at the heart. By signing up to the Wakefield Schools Charter means we have specific actions in place to support this. Mental health and well-being underpin this.

Through assemblies, visitors, timetabled lessons, day to day interactions and clubs we provide opportunities for learners to explore themes and become the best version of themselves.

“Gawthorpe Academy, at the heart of the community,”- Gawthorpe Community Academy.

PSHE Statement of Intent

We have adopted the Question Based Model from the PHSE Association and provide an enhanced and specific version of this that meets the needs of our learners in our context and community. We are developing a cohesive and holistic approach across PHSE, RSE, PE and through our values to promote Health and Well- being. By signing up to the Wakefield Schools Charter means we have specific actions in place to support this.

This programme builder is structured around an overarching question for each term or half term. These begin in key stage 1 as ‘What? and

‘Who?’’ questions and build throughout Key Stage 2 into ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ questions. The three core themes from the Programme of Study are fully covered – colour-coding highlights whether the overall topic focus is Health and Wellbeing, Relationships or Living in the Wider World, although some half term blocks will draw on more than one core theme. Teaching builds according to the age and needs of the pupils throughout the primary phase with suggested developmentally appropriate learning objectives given to respond to each key question. From the start the focus is on fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults. This is supplemented with the Primary Premier League Stars, Picture News, Values  and The 9 Protected Characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

By the time they leave primary school learners will explore, be aware of and understand about; being safe, online relationships, respectful relationships, families and people who care for them and caring relationships.

Implementation

As well as timetabled lesson, PHSE and RSE appears in assemblies and day to day as specific topics arise. This could be explicit teaching of factual information and how to manage an issue. Lessons which underpin core themes following Statutory Guidance using relevant up to date materials.

Based on Rosenshein’s theory in timetabled lessons, Learners have the opportunity to revisit and build on prior learning. Learners are given the opportunity to discuss, challenge and develop their awareness and understanding through a wide range of questions, discussions and activities.  Through effective questioning learners can explore concepts and demonstrate empathy. Learners build on and develop their tier 2 and 3 vocabulary to enable them to talk about their feelings, understanding and awareness.  Philosophy sessions, drama, using photographs, pictures and videos. Current learning displayed and post it notes are used in response to stimuli.  Learners are given the opportunity to reflect and set targets and personal goals.

Impact

This will enable learners to; recognise, accept and shape their identities.

They will understand and accommodate difference and change, manage emotions and to communicate effectively in a variety of settings. They will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and become healthy and responsible members of society.

They will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.  They will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level and to have respect for themselves and others. Children will have positive body images.

Children recognise and apply the fundamental British Values, protected characteristics and values. Pupil voice will show that children can talk about their PSHE knowledge and understanding with developing confidence using the correct vocabulary.