Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE), as well as Relationship, Sex and Health education (RSHE) is an important part of our curriculum as it enables children to gain the knowledge that is needed to enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. RSHE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils. It enables pupils to learn about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSHE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. RSHE is not about the promotion of sexual activity or sexual orientation but it is more about learning and celebrating differences as this reflects the world in which we live. We believe that it is the heart of what education is all about – educating children’s minds and hearts and helping pupils grow and develop as people.
As a primary free school, we must provide relationship and health education to all pupils in line with statutory RSHE guidance from the Department for Education. You can also find out more information about RSHE, including leaflets translated into other languages such as Arabic and Somali via this link:
Sex education is a non-statutory requirement and primary schools can choose whether they teach sex education to meet the needs of their pupils. After careful consideration and consultation with our school community, we have decided that we will only be teaching Relationship and Health Education (RHE) and therefore will not be teaching sex education at Kilburn Grange School.
We use the 1Decision scheme of work to teach and deliver PSHE education and RHE. The 1Decision scheme of work is aligned with the statutory guidance and covers all the relevant elements that are required to be taught. 1Decision brings together PSHE Education and RHE in a comprehensive scheme of learning and takes into account the age, needs and feelings of pupils. The curriculum also offers a robust understanding of safeguarding through the comprehensive PSHE, RHE and e-safety programmes. The scheme of work has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark. In this scheme of work, relationship education is taught within the context of family life taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures) along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).
Every half-term, major key festivals, events and memorable dates are identified and planned for during assemblies and collective workshop. There is a key charity identified each term. We believe that when children take part in charitable events, they learn about responsibility, generosity, helping others, making positive changes and how to engage with the local community as well as national and global issues. The overview below outlines the key festivals, dates and units of work covered in each year group throughout the academic year. As Reception is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), they follow the Early Years curriculum including the characteristics of effective learning. In EYFS, teaching of PSHE is incorporated into the learning of Personal, Social, Emotional and Development, one of the prime areas of the EYFS curriculum. When relevant, we plan educational visits and visitors such as the school nurse, drama workshops or the local fire station as we believe these experiences are an important contribution to the pupils’ PSHE and RHE development.
The half-termly curriculum information provides further details about what will be taught in PSHE/RHE each half-term.
Please feel free to read our PSHE/RSHE Policy to find out further information about how we teach these subjects at Kilburn Grange School.