Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
PSHE is a crucial subject embedded within our school both through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps our children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.
Our PSHE curriculum uses a combination of a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum which is entwined within our ethos and whole school approach of Thrive, RSE and Norfolk Steps combined to develop the neurological brain development needed for our children to grow healthy social competence, self-control and self-esteem. These approaches help pupils to achieve their academic potential and empowers all children to develop the essential social and emotional skills to enable them to make their own informed choices throughout life.
Our sequence of learning aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of the seven strands of PSHE threading The Thrive Approach into those seven strands:
Identity, expectations and society
Feelings and friendship
Keeping safe and managing risk
Managing and embracing change
Mental health and well-being
Being ‘ready to learn’ and having good behaviours for learning such as resilience, perseverance, confidence and independence are the essential foundations for effective teaching and learning to take place.
What do we teach? What does it look like?
There are a variety of ways the curriculum is woven into our everyday life here at Greenpark. We believe children need to learn to take responsibility for their own actions and choices and with the support of the staff learn to resolve their own issues as well as seek appropriate help when it is needed. The ways in which we do this is through:
- The use of restorative circles that support them by highlighting and dealing with any disagreements they face throughout the school day.
- Class circles- Each class has a circle in the morning and afternoon. The children will all say how they feel and have the chance to discuss any problems that they have had. The children can request support from a teacher or peer mediator. This builds on the classroom culture and helps teachers and pupils establish positive connections.
Thrive – Class action plans based on targets to the class needs implemented weekly in class. A range of group and individual Thrive sessions lead by the class TA planned by the pastoral lead to meet the individual needs of targeted children.
What do we teach? What does it look like?
Children will be able to recognise and name emotions and have healthy ways to regulate these emotions. Independently resolve conflicts admitting what part they played in the disagreement and learning how to admit when they were in the wrong. They will gain qualities to become confident leaders in their own life choices and have the opportunities to reflect, use and apply knowledge learnt to everyday situations. They will learn and develop health and positive personal traits that they will be able to take on their journey as citizens of communities.
Teachers will have a clear understanding of what is being taught and why and will help to encourage the children to be reflective and relate their learning to their own lives and choices. Due to the nature and unique layout of the PSHE curriculum and its sensitive topics it cannot be assessed the same as other subjects.
At Greenpark we use a variety of ways to assess the children that best captures their own knowledge and experience we do this through:
- Voting polls
- A class made scrapbook
- Drama activities
PSHE leads monitor and gain evidence of the knowledge and understanding of our pupils via:
- Pupil voice surveys
- Teacher distance marking sheets
- Thrive whole class assessment data
- Thrive - Individual Profiling
- Class scrap books
- Learning walks
From September 2022, the government made 'Relationship & Sex Education' (RSE) compulsory in all primary schools. The focus in primary schools is on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships with other children and adults.
At Greenpark Academy, we welcome feedback from parents and carers. This helps us to review our practice and provision, and to ensure we are meeting the needs of children and parents. After reading our RSE policy & the scheme of learning; we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the RSE questionnaire below: