Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement – PSHE/RSE Curriculum 2021/2022
Curriculum Intent: ‘To create inspired and happy learners through an ambitious, engaging enquiry-led curriculum’
Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships Sex Education (RSE) is at the heart of our school ethos and is a crucial part of our broad, balanced, enquiry-led curriculum - it runs throughout everything we do. Our PSHE/RSE curriculum aims to enable our children to become happy, healthy, safe independent, responsible members of society who demonstrate respect and tolerance and who are prepared to face and manage the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing modern Britain.
As a school, we recognise the key to unlocking the potential of our children’s understanding as well as the purpose of this subject. We therefore place great emphasis of helping children aspire to be the best they can be, to have dreams for their future and know what is required to reach them. The intent of our PSHE/RSE curriculum is to provide children with a foundation for understanding rights and responsibilities and appreciating what it means to be a valuable member of an ever-changing diverse society. Helping pupils to consider many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in Modern Britain. We also aim to deepen our pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty as well as the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance.
It is our passion to engage the children in order to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We want to stimulate, challenge and nurture our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity. By helping them to understand the importance of their physical and mental health, along with their emotions and feelings is crucial. It is then utilising these strategies to help them become resilient and confident so they are ready for the transition to Secondary school and to a the wider world beyond.
To have perseverance when working and solving problems with others; having a good understanding about themselves; showing an awareness of empathy and to form and maintain positive relationships; treating everyone equally with tolerance and respect are all key themes to our PSHE/RSE curriculum. We aim to share the importance to pupils of age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationship and sex education. Teaching our pupils about personal safety (on-line and offline) is a key theme throughout the year both within PSHE but also across other subject areas. We will ensure pupils know how to get help if it is needed and who can help both in and out of school. Ultimately, we aim to encourage all our pupils to be the best version of themselves, resulting in a lifelong positive relationship with themselves and others.
Pupils are taught regularly timetabled PSHE/RSE lessons by a member of the St Newlyn East Academy staff with whom the pupils are familiar. Staff follow the JIGSAW programme of study in this subject area using a variety of planning resources, which we believe provide a bespoke teaching and learning experience that is designed to interest, inform and inspire our children. JIGSAW is based on the government guidance ensuring the Statutory RSE curriculum is taught.
The JIGSAW Curriculum is split into 6 themes known as ‘puzzles’ and is taught as a spiral curriculum so topics are revisited in more depth to match the maturity of the pupils.
Each ‘puzzle’ has six lesson plans accompanied by all the teaching and learning materials needed to deliver them:
- BM (Being Me in My World) 'Who am I and how do I fit?'
- CD (Celebrating Difference) Respect for similarity and difference. Anti-bullying and being unique.
- DG (Dreams and Goals) Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this.
- HM (Healthy Me) Being and keeping safe and healthy.
- RL (Relationships) Building positive, healthy relationships.
- CM (Changing Me) Coping positively with change.
Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of each individual class/pupils and to deal with issues as they arise. Our SEND subject adaptations document (link here here) explains the additional provision on offer as and when needed for our pupil. Lessons are delivered in a way that have a purpose, ensure pupils feel safe and encourages full participation by using a variety of teaching approaches with opportunities to develop critical thinking and relationship skills Assemblies, themed days, visits and visitors are used to support the teaching and are not used in place of it. We work in partnership with parents informing them about what their children are learning and when required, providing guidance towards resources that can be used at home. When delivering RSE lessons at the end of the Summer term, all parents and carers are informed before these lessons commence (please see this link for more details of this consultation process we carried out).
Lessons and our school ethos;
ü Promote safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships and we discuss real-life issues appropriate to the age and stage of pupils, including friendships, families, consent, relationship abuse, sexual exploitation and safe relationships online.
ü Give a positive view of human sexuality, with honest and medically accurate information, so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health in ways that are appropriate to their age and maturity.
ü Gives pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences (such as from peers, media, faith and culture) that may shape their attitudes to relationships and sex, and nurtures respect for different views.
ü Includes learning about how to get help and treatment from sources such as the school nurse and other health and advice services, including reliable information online.
ü Fosters gender equality and LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) equality and challenges all forms of discrimination.
ü Meet the needs of all pupils with their diverse experiences – including those with special education needs and disabilities.
At St Newlyn East Learning Academy, we are proud of the PSHE/RSE learning we deliver. The evidence being seen through the well-rounded, confident, tolerant and independent pupils that leave us at the end of Year 6.
The pupils’ attitude, behaviour and demeanor around school, within lessons, at playtimes as well as out in the community demonstrates the respect, tolerance and high aspirations that our pupils have of themselves and each other – our PSHE/RSE curriculum is at the heart of this.
Pupils leave us ready for their next step into Secondary school and are armed with skills, knowledge and understanding that they can take forward into adult life.
Our pupils leave us prepared for life in an ever-changing modern Britain. They have the tools they need to succeed, keep themselves safe and thrive.
We measure impact by the triangulation of learning walks, work scrutiny and pupil voice, as well as this we carry out subject leader/teaching staff discussions- where areas for development are discussed, and for the year are collaboratively developed. The outcome of this goes together to form the coming years action plans, lesson plans and evaluation of impact.