PSHE including Sex and Relationships
At Deepcar St John’s, we aim to provide a PSHE curriculum, which is accessible to all to help every child become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and will help give them confidence to 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.
It is also our intent to build a PSHE curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives. We aim to design, and resource, an RSE programme of work within the PSHE curriculum which enables pupils to explore the complexity of the relationships they will have both now and throughout their lives. We intend our children to develop: strong personal and social awareness and values; emotional strength and key soft skills essential for success in the wider world e.g. grit, resilience, perseverance and good self-esteem.
Ensuring high standards of teaching and learning, PSHE is taught weekly as a discrete subject following a whole school, sequenced approach based on the Sheffield Scheme. Each half term we have whole school themes: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, Changing me. Units are introduced and promoted through school assemblies. Lessons are usually an hour a week and taught by the Senior learning Mentor. They follow a similar format; connect us game, calm me, open my mind, let me learn approach to lessons. The Jigsaw scheme promotes a ‘mindful approach’, empowering children to manage their own emotions and behaviour, improving relationships and increasing concentration and learning.
In addition, PSHE has connections to other subjects across the curriculum e.g Science/ RE/ English and through assemblies
Children will recognise and apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty. Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be at least in-line with national and behaviour will be good. The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum in addition to the core subjects.
Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future. Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level. Children will have respect for themselves and others and will have positive body images.
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world. Mrs Needham visits this important subject each year and helps the children improve their understanding of e-safety so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.
Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.
The NSPCC have launched a new video called 'Share Aware,' which helps children understand the importance of not sharing personal information whilst online. The video can be found by clicking on the following; https://youtu.be/lGIEKGJRWEo Additionally, there is another website which is a really useful guide to the social networks your children may be using https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
The curriculum overview for PSHE, is at the bottom of this page along with our PSHE policy, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Sex and Relationships Policy and also our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Policy. Furthermore, you can also download our parent subject Information leaflets.
A full breakdown of what each year group is learning in each subject throughout the year, can be found on the Curriculum Overview page of our website.