PSHE & RSE intent:

At St Peter at Gowts, our PSHE/RSE curriculum is inspiring and creative unlocking potential in all. Our curriculum seeks to ensure that all pupils flourish through challenge, support and a broad and balanced curriculum rooted in shared values and consistently high expectations while striving for excellence.

St Peter’s PSHE/RSE curriculum is fashioned through our golden threads of values, inspiration, excellence and community.

At St Peter at Gowts, we aim to provide our children with a deeply embedded RSE (Relationship and Sex education) and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) which enables our children to develop knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to unlock their potential. We strive for excellence for all and we want the children to feel happy as individuals, family members and within the community, both now and in the future. By providing an inspirational PSHE education, which is reflective of our children’s needs, we aim to ensure that all of our children leave primary school feeling confident in themselves, are able to keep themselves safe and are able to thrive in an ever changing, complex world.

Values –  PSHE/RSE learning is taught alongside values. This ensures that children are able to make connections and put into action how they can keep positive relationships, look after their mental wellbeing and how to thrive in a community and keep themselves safe.

Inspirational –  The PSHE/RSE curriculum ensures that children are inspired to achieve their full potential. By understanding themselves and others around them in the community, children are giving the skills to build their confidence and self worth.

Community –  PSHE/RSE gives children the skills and knowledge to be able to thrive in a community and to help others achieve this too. PSHE/RSE gives the children the opportunity to learn how to minimise risk in situations, therefore being able to keep themselves and others safe.

Excellence-  Our cohesively planned PSHE/RSE curriculum and enrichment opportunities allow all to achieve and prepares children for the changes and challenges that they face in the world ahead of them.


PSHE & RSE implementation:

Our PSHE curriculum is implemented through a cross-curricular topic based approach to engage and immerse our children within topics which they may have limited experience of.

  • Key Stage 1 follow the Zippy Friend’s scheme and KS2 follow the PSHE association. If there are any other topics that KS1 need to follow as part of the new statutory guidance, then KS1 follow the PSHE association scheme to fill any gaps.
  • PSHE is timetabled 1 hour a week in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Some Philosophy for Children approaches are used during these sessions too.
  • Our spiral curriculum is progressive in skills and knowledge with key vocabulary underpinning topics, which is subsequently built upon through topics and year groups.
  • Key areas of learning are revisited regularly and links are made within and between topics, which supports our children’s learning through spaced repetition and learning flashbacks.
  • Teachers plan a sequential journey of learning using progression grids which are used to support the assessment of children, ensuring appropriate next small steps of learning are planned for.
  • Vulnerable groups of learners are supported through appropriate support and stretch challenges based on assessment for learning, to ensure the needs of all learners are met.
  • Enrichment opportunities are used to help support the learning of PSHE such as trips to the fire station and visits from the police community safety officer, as well as visits from outside agencies to deliver talks on drugs and alcohol and transitioning from primary to secondary school.
  • In Key Stage 1 & 2, the classrooms have a wellbeing area with worry monsters where children can put forward any other questions they may have about the topic, which can be addressed later with the children at another appropriate time.
  • A variety of books are used for teaching PSHE which reflect many of the new RSE objectives. These are also used across the curriculum too.
  • Parents are consulted on the new statutory framework of RSE. Parents are always made aware of sensitive topics that are being addressed in class and are giving the opportunity to look at resources beforehand.

PSHE & RSE impact:

By the end of Year 6, transitioning to secondary school, we aspire that pupils will have developed a deep understanding of themselves and others, both in their communities and around the world. We want the children to be well equipped on their journey to the world of work in modern Britain. The PSHE/RSE curriculum gives the children the skills needed to keep themselves safe in an ever-changing world.

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