At Ashton Gate, we want all pupils to become healthy, confident, independent and responsible members of society. Through our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, we encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider cultural community; in so doing we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed and about equality, rights and responsibilities so they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society. We aim for children to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding, and attitudes and values, which are necessary to make sense of their life experiences and help them to feel confident and informed individuals now and in the future.
At Ashton Gate Primary School we will always hold the health, wellbeing and personal development of the children in our care amongst our highest priorities. It is a priority that arises out of the responsibility we bear for our pupils as whole and rounded individuals, and out of a recognition that physical and emotional health, forms the essential foundation for successful learning.
The PSHE Education curriculum that we are following, offers an integrated approach to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning together with the broader aspects of the PSHE curriculum. This provides a model for consistent, progressive and comprehensive coverage of pupils’ entitlement in this area of learning.
The main themes of teaching are:
'A time for change' (rules, respect, similarities and differences),
'Managing Myself' (Consequences of actions, anti-bullying off and online),
'Making Sense of the World Around us' (money, charity, global issues),
'The Power of Choice' (Healthy mind, healthy body),
'Relationship and Sex Education',
'Staying Safe' (keeping myself safe on and offline).
The complete national guidance can be found here.
Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age appropriate way, we will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.
By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:
Families and people who care for me
Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own physical health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves, and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as soon as possible when issues arise. By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:
Internet safety and harms
Physical health and fitness
Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Health and prevention
Basic first aid
Changing adolescent body
We believe that pupils should be given the opportunity to access a curriculum which prepares them for the changes that adolescence brings. At Ashton Gate, we are choosing to provide our pupils with a sensitive, age appropriate curriculum which includes the components of Sex Education.
To prepare pupils for the changes that occur to their bodies, minds and emotions as a consequence of growth from childhood to adulthood.
To help support young people through spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development.
To work in partnership with parents, families and the wider community to promote positive relationships and provide effective support for young people.
For further details of what is taught at each year group during our RSE programme, please see the document below.
During our Relationship and Sex Education programme, children engage with the following questions:
Right to withdraw
Parents and carers continue to have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education, but not Relationships or Health Education.
For more information, a useful guide to RSE for parents can be found at RSE FAQs For Parents
Monitor and review
As a school we continuously review and update our RSE curriculum as part of our general PSHE programme of study.
At Ashton Gate we regularly gain pupil and parent voice to guide current and future planning. Latest consultation was carried out in July 2021.