Relationships & Health Education
As of September 2020, Relationships Education and Health Education became a statutory subject within the Primary Curriculum. Children at Perton First School receive weekly PSHE lessons through our fantastic scheme of work developed by Staffordshire ENTRUST, coupled with units of learning from National Online Safety. These lessons cover the aspects that are required by the new Relationships and Health Education programme of study; therefore, we are well-prepared to deliver age-appropriate, thoughtful and inclusive Relationships and Health Education lessons to our pupils. Please see the Relationships and Health Education and Curriculum Map, below which outlines what our children will be learning in each year group.
Relationships and Health Education Intent
At Perton First School, we believe our children's personal development is the foundation for creating successful, happy and thriving learners. We aim to prepare our children for the challenges of growing up in the 21st Century. For this reason, online safety is a crucial part of our PSHE lessons. Through Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, children are given the opportunity to explore and respond to some of the themes and issues that they will undoubtedly face in our ever-changing, modern world. We aim to equip our children with the knowledge, skills and practise to make informed choices within their varied lives, whilst demonstrating respect and acceptance of others’ views and choices.
Health Education aims to empower children with the knowledge to look after their own physical and emotional health, be that in the online or offline world. It teaches children the importance of healthy, balanced lifestyles and physical activity, as well as giving them the knowledge to support themselves and others too; for example, children learn about common allergies, sun-safety and the importance of hygiene and cleanliness.
Relationships and Health Education ultimately strive to provide children with the knowledge, skills and attitude to thrive as children, adolescents and adults in the online and offline worlds. It supports them to enhance and protect their physical, emotional and mental well-being.
We are proud that we were already teaching PSHE, along with Relationships and Health Education, before its statutory status in September 2020. Children have a weekly PSHE lesson where they listen, discuss, play games and share activities to learn about various themes. These themes are reinforced through assemblies, displays, story times and themed weeks (for example, our annual Mental Health Awareness Week and Online Safety Week). Teachers respond on a daily basis to issues within their classes and deliver Circle Times or bespoke PSHE lessons when needed. We believe that effective PSHE is taught with an age-appropriate, sensitive and positive approach, in a safe environment where children feel they can listen and be heard. We follow the ENTRUST PSHE scheme of work to ensure our coverage is in line with the statutory objectives for each year group.
Half termly, children will focus on:
Me and My School Self Image and identity
Me and My Relationships Online Relationships
Me and My Safety Privacy and Security
Happy and Healthy Me Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
Me and Other People Online Bullying
Me and My World Online Reputation
Within the above units, we also link in Online Safety learning strands following the National Online Safety scheme of learning. The themes in dark blue above outline which online strand we cover during each pf our half termly PSHE units. We also have an additional two units of online safety: ‘Managing Information Online’ and ‘Copyright and Ownership’ which are taught through our Computing curriculum.
f needed, we strive to provide children with additional support to nurture their well-being and with the support of parents, involve them in small group work where positive friendship skills can be practised, developed and praised.
We measure the impact of our Relationships and Health Education curriculum through the personal development of each individual child. If children are healthy, have positive relationships and are able to communicate their feelings and needs, we would expect them to be thriving and making good progress in areas of school, but also at home. We communicate with parents regularly and when needed, strive to support children's emotional needs in and out of school. We monitor children's engagement in all areas of school life, during physical activity, in extra curricular clubs, before and after school clubs and of course, on the playground.
We hope that the overall impact of effective Health and Relationships Education, helps to create children who can go on to live confident, independent, fulfilling and healthy lives.
PSHE/Relationships and Health Education - Perton First School Subject Map
To view our PSHE, Relationships and Health Education Subject Map, click the above image or select it from the documents section below.