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PSHE and RSE

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.

Ashton Gate PSHE Curriculum Overview

PSHE at Ashton Gate

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).

For associated documents and policies which refer to aspects of the PSHE curriculum and the well-being of children, please visit the separate Policies page.

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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Health Education and Relationships Education became statutory in all primary schools in England from September 2020. 

The objective of Relationships and Sex education is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. RSE will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils in our school and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Pupils will be encouraged to talk openly and their questions answered appropriately and honestly in a way that respects diversity of cultures and family forms.

 

We aim to ensure that pupils:

  • develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.

  • develop their self-esteem and sense of responsibility and self-worth.

  • are able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work.

  • can protect themselves and ask for help and support.

  • are prepared for puberty.

 

The complete national guidance can be found here.

 

Relationships Education 

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

  • Caring friendships

  • Respectful relationships

  • Online relationships

  • Being safe

 

Health Education 

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:

 

  • Mental wellbeing

  • Internet safety and harms

  • Physical health and fitness

  • Healthy eating

  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco

  • Health and prevention

  • Basic first aid

  • Changing adolescent body

 

Sex Education

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. 

 

Our aims:

  • 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:

Year 3

  • What qualities make a good friend? How and why do friendships change? What makes a ‘healthy’ friendship?

  • What are the physical differences between boys and girls? Why and how is my body changing?

  • What are the scientific names for our body parts?

  • What is the life cycle of a human?

  • How did I get here?

  • What are the needs of a baby?

 

Year 4

  • What different types of relationships are there? How can we keep them ‘healthy and happy’?

  • What is the life cycle of a human?

  • What are the scientific names for our body parts?

  • Are there things you can do now that you couldn’t before?

  • How and why does our body change as we grow up?

  • What are the different ways boys and girls experience puberty?

  • What changes do we have control over?

 

Year 5

  • How do we develop good relationships and think about other people’s feelings?

  • What different types of relationships are there? How can we keep them ‘healthy and happy’?

  • Who is responsible for us feeling safe?

  • What kind of physical contact is acceptable or unacceptable and how should I respond?

  • How can I recognise and challenge stereotypes?

  • Why is personal hygiene important?

  • How can I ensure I feel good about myself? How can I challenge the concept of appearance ideals?

  • What are the different ways boys and girls experience puberty?

  • How are babies made?

 

Year 6

  • How do we develop good relationships and think about other people’s feelings?

  • What different types of relationships are there and how can we manage these?

  • What is empathy and how does it help maintain healthy relationships?

  • What makes a relationship work?

  • Who is responsible for us feeling safe?

  • What do we know about puberty?

  • What are the different ways boys and girls experience puberty?

  • How are babies born?

  • How do the media influence our attitudes to relationships and ourselves?

  • How can we feel good about ourselves? How can ‘body talk’ effect our self-worth?

 

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.

 

 


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