At Airy Hill Primary School, we believe that a high quality PSHE curriculum will help pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We believe this helps children to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience - that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.
We teach PSHE through a progressive long term plan based around whole school themes of 'Relationships, Health and Well-being and Living in the wider world'. A whole school PSHE assembly is taught each Monday to launch that week's focus and this is followed up in each classroom with an age-appropriate lesson. Assemblies, circle times and class discussions are also used as a follow up to events that effect the local or wider communities.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It supports pupils to gain accurate information, develop skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. It also gives pupils essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful, loving and non exploitative friendships and relationships, staying safe both on and offline. This enables them to take responsibility for their body, relationships, reproduction, sexual health and wellbeing.
At Airy Hill Primary School, this includes learning about: our lives, differences, valuing difference and keeping safe, growing up, puberty, relationships and reproduction. Progressive learning outcomes are set out for each year group and are taught by class teachers with the support for the Headteacher. We have an agreed scheme of work and resources which have been carefully selected and approved by school Governors. All pupils including those with additional learning needs will have equal access to the RSE programme. Where pupils have specific educational needs, arrangements for support from outside agencies and support staff are made to ensure these pupils have an appropriate, differentiated curriculum. Boys and girls will be taught SRE together but additional separate sessions may be held if required. Parents and Carers have the right to withdraw their children from RSE and should inform the school of this in writing.