At Oakley Cross Primary School, we teach PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) from Early Years to Year 6.
Our PSHCE curriculum has been designed with our key curriculum drivers of Literacy, aspiration, respect and wellbeing in mind.
Literacy – We aim for our children to acquire basic language skills from EYFS to KS2 in order to express their needs. We encourage children to develop their speaking and listening skills through regular class discussions.
Aspiration – We aim to broaden the horizons for our children and equip them with the tools to go far. Our children will further develop their knowledge of the wider area. Through our curriculum we encourage children to think about short term and long term aspirations, and then work together to help them achieve them.
Respect – We aim to develop a caring, respectful children, who understand the world around them. Our curriculum aims to develop children into critical thinkers, who understand their own rights and the rights of others. Children are given opportunities to reflect on the impact they have on others.
Wellbeing – We aim to develop in our children a strong sense of resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude. In order to do this, we ensure our children know it is ok to fail. Many children in our school will tell their peers “you’re not learning, if you’re not making mistakes.”
We use the PSHE Association scheme of work to support our curriculum overview. Children also access TALKABOUT by Alex Kelly during PSHCE/RSE lessons. All children have a weekly PSHE/RSE lesson. We follow 3 key themes over the school year;
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
Our PSHCE curriculum is underpinned by our Rights Respecting ethos. We are currently a Gold Rights Respecting School. More recently, we began our journey as Stonewall Champion School. This is also taken into consideration when teaching PSHCE and RSE.
For a copy of our Long Term Plan for PSHCE and the key skills we aim for children to acquire over time please follow the link below.
From 2021, all schools must teach Relationships Education
As a school we are not introducing compulsory sex education. We are introducing Relationships Education to put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds. Relationships Education is where we want to support the children within our school to be happy, healthy and safe. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care, for family life. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes.
This is repeated over the years so that the children can build upon and refine their skills in each area.
Through the use of the TALKABOUT intervention, children are encouraged to recognise and discuss how they are feeling in a safe space. This will develop children’s ability to recognise their feelings and regulate their emotions at times throughout the day. We want our children to know how to keep themselves safe both online and offline. They will understand the importance of a respectful relationship and know how to ask for help. Our children will be confident in making the right decisions and keep themselves physically and mentally well. We want children to consider the question ‘What impact do my decisions have?’.