PSHE & SRE
The Government’s review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education concluded in March 2013, stating that the subject would remain non-statutory; the DfE has, however, stated in the National Curriculum Framework that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’.
In the absence of a government programme of study we have drawn on guidance from the PSHE Association in revising our Curriculum Framework for PSHE to ensure that it meets the needs of our pupils in today’s changing society. The Framework identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help us to fulfil our statutory responsibility to support children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. PSHE education is integrated into curriculum plans for science, computing, citizenship, physical education, and design and technology; and is taught as a spiral programme based on three core themes to ensure learning in PSHE is revisited, reinforced and extended in age- and stage-appropriate contexts.
Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing
In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:
- 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.
Core theme 2: Relationships
In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:
- 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.
Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World
In Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils focus on ‘economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen’ and are taught:
- 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.
Journey in Love
The Governors at Holy Family Catholic Primary School have adopted the 'Journey in Love' programme to support the non-statutory relationships and sex education throughout the school. The programme of study is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
A Journey in Love has as its foundational premise the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and, as a consequence, gender and sexuality are God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty and share in the divine creativity.
In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self- knowledge.
An aspect of the mystery of love is treated in each year group; children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
YR: God loves each of us in our uniqueness
Y1: We meet God’s love in our family Y2: We meet God’s love in the community
Y3: How we live in love
Y4: God loves us in our differences
Y5: God loves me in my changing and development
Y6: The wonder of God’s love in creating new life
‘Love is the light – and in the end, the only light – that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God.’
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