PSHE is taught throughout the school beginning in the Early Years with a focus on Personal, Social and Emotional Development (in line with the Early Years framework) to support children to lead healthy and happy lives and providing a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.
As children progress through the school the PSHE curriculum coverage provides opportunities to build on the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to understand themselves, the world around them and to keep themselves healthy and safe. Topics covered include; age-appropriate relationship and health education, online safety, personal safety and managing risk, exploring identity, mental health and wellbeing as well as transition at key points. Also included are citizenship themes such as living in the wider world and making choices, democracy, diversity and crime and consequences.
EYFS – In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of topic work and through play and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The themes taught are
· This Is Me
· Light & Dark
· People Who Help Us
· Growing & New Life
· Animal Carnival
· Fantastic Food
Key Stage 1 and beyond – At Key Stage 1 and beyond, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We develop the themes identified in our EYFS Curriculum and build on them to ensure our Curriculum develops in line with our students age, needs and abilities ‘aiming to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’.
· Identity, Mental Health & Well-being
· Living in the Wider World
· Staying Safe – Risk
· Staying Safe – Online Safety
· Our Bodies
There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health and well-being.
At West Lea School, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.
It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.
By the time our children leave West Lea school they will:
· be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
· be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
· appreciate difference and diversity
· recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
· be able to understand and manage their emotions
· be able to look after their mental health and well-being
· be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
· understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age-appropriate level
· have respect for themselves and others.
· have a positive self esteem