PSHE Curriculum 2019-2020
To nurture pupils as individuals to become compassionate, healthy, well-balanced adults who thrive in our diverse society
At Mesty Croft Academy we believe that PSHE has a significant and valuable role to play in the ethos of the school and wellbeing of the children. The aim of our PSHE curriculum is to prepare children for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of life in our ever-changing society. We aim to give the children the knowledge and tools to grow and flourish into successful and healthy individuals. Our children deserve the opportunities to achieve their best and supporting their emotional and mental health plays a significant part in all aspects of their life, including achieving their academic potential.
Children have a right to access the vital lessons that will help guide them through their life and we have the responsibility to ensure that we are giving our children the experiences that they will need to prepare them for their journey.
Curriculum Organisation and Delivery
PSHE has a protected 1 hour slot each Monday to ensure that children are given adequate time to learn and discuss a wide range of topics within PSHE. All children are given the opportunities to discuss their thoughts with teachers and share their ideas with peers. Our PSHE education is also taught through the use of assemblies, visitors, charity events and access to Place 2 Be.
The PSHE scheme lays out 6 specific strands which are built upon year by year to ensure full, in-depth coverage of pertinent knowledge. These are as follows:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating differences.
- Dreams and goals.
- Healthy me.
- Changing me.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Drugs Education and Health Education are all covered as part of the scheme of work.
Relationship and sex education at Mesty Croft Academy
“The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make Relationships Education compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education.”
DfE Guidance p.8
RSE teaches children and young people how to be safe and healthy. It teaches them how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education and age appropriate Sex Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme as part of our empowering curriculum. It involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity or lifestyles.
Relationships Education in primary schools will cover ‘Families and people who care for me’, ‘Caring friendships’, ‘Respectful relationships’, ‘Online relationships’, and ‘Being safe’.
Health Education in primary schools will cover ‘Mental wellbeing’, ‘Internet safety and harms’, Physical health and fitness’, Healthy eating’, ‘Drugs, alcohol and tobacco’, ‘Health and prevention’, ‘Basic First Aid’ and ‘Changing adolescent body’. Also, teaching children about puberty is now a statutory requirement which sits within the Health Education part of the DfE guidance within the ‘Changing adolescent body’ strand, and in Jigsaw this is taught as part of the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
The DfE Guidance 2019 (p.23) recommends that all primary schools ‘have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils’. Schools are to determine the content of sex education at primary school. At Mesty Croft Academy, we believe children should understand the facts about human reproduction before they leave primary school. We therefore define Sex Education as facts about reproduction (how a baby is conceived and born).
We intend to teach this via the Jigsaw PSHE Programme in the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle (unit). This topic is also covered in the Year 5 curriculum during the ‘Lifecycles’ topic.