At Dame Dorothy we seek to embed values of respect, resilience and empathy based on positive relationships and self-awareness through our PSHE and wider curriculum
- To develop a new, up to date, PSHE curriculum based upon our core values of respect, resilience and empathy from positive relationships and self-awareness linked to the outcomes of the RSE curriculum.
- Raising awareness of how to stay safe and where to access support.
- To include opportunities for ‘citizenship’ to demonstrate children’s role in the community
At Dame Dorothy Primary School, personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. We feel it is an important part of children’s education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live.
We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider community.
We are aware of the way that PSHCE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to schools Safeguarding, SMSC and British Values Policies. We are all aware of the important role the PSHE curriculum has in supporting school to implement the 9 protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010.
Through our PSHCE and SMSC curriculum at Dame Dorothy Primary School we recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide opportunity for children to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance) first set out by the Government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2014, for those with different faiths and beliefs in order for them to become fair, tolerant and confident adults in a forever challenging world.
At Dame Dorothy Primary School, we strive to ensure that all of our children achieve their very best. All of the children at our school receive a broad and balanced curriculum that builds upon their areas of strength. The variety of ways in which we support our children with additional needs are clearly outlined in our SEND Policy and the annual SEND Information Report which are published on our school website.
Our curriculum is devised meeting not only the Government guidelines but the needs of our pupils. Teachers use our Year Group Curriculum Overview which will equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and resilience and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
At Dame Dorothy Primary School, we provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place in all year groups at and age appropriate level. we Create a positive and approachable culture around issues of sexuality and relationships, teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies, prepare pupils for growing and changes in their lives including puberty and an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health, hygiene, and safeguarding, what the law says. We support pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
We use the ‘Thematic Model’ from the PSHE Association (as recommended by Government guidance) to ensure the coverage of the statutory outcomes as outlined in the RSE Curriculum guidance (Sept 2020) for KS1 and KS2 together with the EYFS Early Learning Goals for our youngest pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage. Our curriculum has been organised to promote age appropriate content and progression throughout each year group.
We ensure, through careful monitoring, that all aspects of the EYFS and Primary Curriculum guidance are used to establish the coverage and progression of key skills, knowledge and understanding.
PSHCE is taught weekly or as a result of an issue which may arise in a class as well as during whole school extra-curricular events, including (but not limited to) safer internet day, anti-bullying week and Children’s Mental Health Week. PSHCE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.
PSHCE is also an important part of whole school events and activities where spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured through the coverage of key events and National and Global news. As we take as many opportunities as possible to expose our pupils to quality PSHCE sessions, awareness events are planned in advance to promote discussion, needs and support for those pupils most vulnerable
PSHCE is evidenced through individual work in books, observations, pupil voice, Facebook posts and/or cross curricular work linked to other subjects when appropriate. Teaching and support teaching staff are trained in iCAMHS and have received training through inset days and staff meetings around key concepts of relationships and sex education, mental health and wellbeing and PSHE including citizenship.
By the end of Y6 children should have met the key outcomes of the RSE statutory guidance and acquired the skills and attributes to help them build positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults. stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHCE and RSE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.