At Goldfinch, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
At Goldfinch Primary School, the intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all, and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, so that they know more, remember more and understand more. PSHE is embedded in all that we do to enable our children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society. Through our discreet lessons as well as wider cross curricular approach to teaching PSHE, children are taught how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally resulting in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables children to access the wider curriculum. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society which is recognised through our achievement of the Bronze Rights Respecting Schools Award. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through initiatives like the Eco-Warriors, Playground friends and Rights Respecting representatives.
Along with our broad and balanced curriculum, there are overlaps with other subjects, for example Computing (E-safety), Science (recycling), PE (leading healthy active lives). Therefore, flexibility in the timetable needs to be accounted for as objectives for PSHE education will be met outside of the allocated timetable slot.
Flexibility in the timetable is also important to allow us to respond to local/national/global events that may occur and allow us to responds to any such event in an age appropriate way. The distribution of lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year, such as; Anti-Bulling Week, Safer Internet Week, Switch off fortnight and Mental Health Week.
At Goldfinch, our PSHE programme of learning and wider curriculum will enable children to meet the End of Key Stage Statements as set out in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Guidance 2019.
The aim of the RSE curriculum is to enable children to develop feelings of self-respect, self-esteem, self-confidence, sympathy and empathy. Developing these skills will enable them to make informed choices about their lives and relationships now and in the future. RSE is rooted in the context of our school community; working in partnership with families, we generate an atmosphere in which students can ask questions and discuss matters without embarrassment and receive answers at a level appropriate to their development and understanding. Children will also know where they can access additional support and guidance on related issues.
The Relationship and Sex Education curriculum aims to form the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
Families and people who care for me
These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances. Children understand that families can include single parent families, LGBTQ+ parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures.
The Statutory Guidance for Relationships, Sex and Health Education may be found here.