Through PSHE we aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed active citizens. The PSHE curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of children as part of our school and as young people within our wider community. It helps to prepare children to make the most of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences both now and in the future. The safe environment of the classroom is the ideal place for children to learn about themselves and others and explore issues which impinge on their lives and the lives of others. The emphasis is on whole class and group activities which are oral, interactive and lively and which encourage thoughtful discussion and debate. We encourage our children to understand and respect diversity and difference and to have the confidence to make positive decisions when faced with dilemmas.
Sex education is defined as education for personal growth and development within the framework of the family and personal responsibility. Much of the curriculum coverage is embedded in our PSHE and Science curriculum. Topics are designed to develop personal, social and relationship skills and attitudes, whilst fostering high self esteem in the children.
Children learn about relationships from early years and then in Year 5 and 6 children learn more specifically about their changing bodies as this is when the onset of puberty often occurs. This work is delivered with the support of the school nurse and boys and girls are educated separately giving plenty of opportunity for discussion within a sympathetic and sensitive environment. Prior to the pupils starting this programme parents/guardians are invited to the school to view materials which will be used and ask any questions they might have. Children may be withdrawn from these sessions at parent’s/guardian’s discretion. The subject will be taught sensitively and truthfully so that children become aware that it is a part of life.
Our programme of sex education is intended to combat myth, misunderstanding and ignorance as well as sexism, prejudice and discrimination.
Through our science and PSHE&C curriculums children receive drug education. In our school this involves teaching children about the safe use of medicines and the impact that smoking and drinking alcohol have on the human body. Children learn that household chemicals must be used safely as they could be harmful to the body.