Personal Social Health and Education (PSHE)

Update on parental feedback on RSE /PSHE curriculum

Firstly, thank you so much for all of the positive feedback we had regarding our proposed RSE/PSHE curriculum that we posted this time last year. It was really helpful and constructive to know your thoughts on the new elements and the order in which we will teach.  

Secondly, we have now finalised the new RSE policy for our school and we have tried to include your feedback as much as possible, where we can. We also have updated the curriculum overview to clarify some points as it was raised that it was not clear what was statutory and what was ‘above and beyond’ the given objectives from the DfE.  Please may we ask that you read the final policy when you have a moment. See policy below.

We are really proud of the PSHE curriculum that we deliver, and we have based it on your children’s thoughts, their development and with the overarching intention of nurturing them to be active and aware citizens of British and international communities and to be able to keep themselves and others safe and happy.  Those of you who have already had children come through our school, will hopefully be aware that we already had a statutory curriculum in place and had consulted parents and carers already in 2018. 

We do not follow one particular scheme, but instead deliver lessons catered to that particular year group and class, using resources like twinkl, the PSHE association and previous lessons that have been adapted each year.  

At the end of this academic year, we will invite you and your children to please give feedback on the curriculum taught and we will continue to develop and construct a modern, dynamic curriculum.  Thank you so much for your time and your continued support and interest in your child’s learning. 

Personal Social Health and Education at Wallace Fields Junior School

We teach Personal Social Health and Education (PSHE) every week.  PSHE education is a thoroughly planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. The learning should equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It also encourages children to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.

A critical component of PSHE education is allowing opportunities for children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate differences and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.

It should also help children in developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essentials for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives. We believe that it is an important topic for children, especially this year with all the changes that Covid-19 brought with it.

Please see the curriculum map and policy below:

PSHE Curriculum Map

Personal Social Health and Education policy

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

RSE stands for “Relationships and Sex Education” and as part of Relationships and Health Education, is a new approach to teaching children about relationships and health. The Relationships Education, RSE, and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools. Sex education is not compulsory in primary schools but some elements are covered in the Science and Health curriculums. All primary school children will be required to learn about relationships and health. Relationships and Health Education comprises two distinct areas: Relationships and Physical health and mental wellbeing.

Relationship and Sex Education Policy

National Curriculum

To find out more about the national curriculum for PSHE in Key Stage 2 that the school is following click here.

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