PSHE & RSE
PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. PSHE education helps pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain.
RSE is the statutory curriculum for relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education.
Scheme of Work
At St. Andrews PSHE & RSE follows a scheme of work that covers key areas which will support children to make informed choices now and in the future around their health, safety, wellbeing, relationships, and financial matters and will support them in becoming confident individuals and active members of society.
We follow the KAPOW scheme of work which has been designed as a spiral curriculum with the following key principles in mind:
Cyclical: Pupils revisit the five key areas throughout KS1 and KS2.
Increasing depth: Each time a key area is revisited, it is covered with greater depth and increasing maturity.
Prior knowledge: Upon returning to each key area, prior knowledge is utilised, so pupils can build on previous foundations, rather than starting again.
The five key areas are:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Families ad Relationships
- Economics Wellbeing
- Safety and the changing body
At St. Andrew’s we take opportunities to actively promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Questionnaires and surveys. House and Vice Captains are also voted for by children in KS2.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our Internet Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, by choosing to participate in our various extra-curricular clubs.
The school ethos, values and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
As a Church school, Christian values underpin our ethos. Our school vision statement ‘Together we love life, learning and God’ and our core values ‘Love, Courage and Friendship’ permeate all areas of school life. We promote the Christian values of:
Reverence and Wisdom
Thankfulness and Humility
Endurance and Service
Peace and Forgiveness
Compassion and Friendship
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily worship, which uphold Christian values. These are also taught within formal PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.
Evidence of our commitment to British values
Games Makers support younger children at lunchtimes
We have an elected School Council with representatives from Y2-Y6
We have a House Team system and the children elect House Captains
Our broad and balanced curriculum teaches elements of democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths
We make visits to different places of worship
We welcome visitors from other faiths
Each class has a class agreement, agreed by the pupils
We recognise and celebrate important events, for example
Key events for the Royal family
Charity events such as Children in Need, Macmillan Cancer Care
St. George’s Day with children from uniformed organisations
St. Andrew’s Day
Links to topics
Our curriculum enables children to make links within their community and the wider world.