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At Acre View Primary School, PSHE is considered an integral part of the school curriculum. We recognise that the skills and knowledge taught not only help children navigate their childhood, but also help equip them for their futures and prepare them for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of adult life. Children’s learning will also contribute to their Personal Development by promoting the four fundamental British values which reflect life in modern Britain: Democracy; Rule of Law; Respect, Tolerance and Individual Liberty.

Intent - What are we trying to achieve?  

Our aspiration for pupils at Acre View Primary School, is that they will have a willingness to try new things and persevere to show great resilience when faced with challenges, it embeds our school values:

Be Kind - Look after yourself and those around you.

Be Brave - Join in, keep going and always try your best.

Be Curious - Inspiration is everywhere! Ask questions and discover new things.

Pupils will have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop positive relationships. They will show a strong self-awareness and display compassion towards others. Our children will understand how to manage their emotions; recognising the importance of mental health and well-being.

By the time they leave Acre View Primary School, we will have developed children’s values in order for them to become a positive member of the community, in a forever changing, diverse, multicultural society.

Implementation - How is our vision translated into practice? 

Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of the subject. One timetabled PSHE lesson per week is taught throughout school. There are many other opportunities where children are involved in PSHE outside of the discreet lesson, including assemblies where a range of themes are covered. Some of these include cross curriculum teaching (e.g., RE, History and Geography), the school council, school trips, pastoral support sessions, visitors, theme days.

Impact - The Difference Our Curriculum Makes

Our PSHE curriculum is based on the requirements set out by the National Curriculum and will develop skills necessary to become highly functioning members of the community. 

  • Children will confident be able to recognise their own worth.
  • Children will be increasingly responsible for their own learning
  • Children to respond to challenges
  • Children to be an active partner in their own learning
  • Children to be active citizens within the local community.
  • Children to explore issues related to living in a democratic community.
  • Children to become healthy and fulfilled individuals
  • Children to have a sense of purpose
  • Children to have a value of themselves and others.
  • Children to build positive relationships

Impact is monitored though the use of motional.

Curriculum Rationale – Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Full details of our RSE Curriculum are available in our RSE Policy.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about physical, moral, social, cultural and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of positive relationships and of respect, love and care. Within this context, it also involves learning about sex and sexual health at an age-appropriate stage of children’s development.

Our RSE curriculum is tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils, ensuring that that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born.

At Acre View Primary School, we believe children should understand the facts about human reproduction before they leave primary school. We intend to teach this in science lessons and PSHE lessons.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) within science (reproduction including humans):

  •  Year 1 and 2: To identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body.
  • Year 1 and 2: To notice that animals including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.
  • Year 3: and 4 To identify that human and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
  • Year 3 and 4: To describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. To describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.
  • Year 5 and 6: To describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
  • Year 5 and 6: To identify and name the parts of the human circularity system and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) within science (reproduction including humans):  

  • Year 1and 2: Boys’ and girls’ bodies; correct names for body parts.
  • Year 1 and 2: Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is).
  • Year 3 and 4: How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older; Introduction to puberty and menstruation.
  •  Year 3 and 4: Internal and external reproductive body parts. Recap about puberty and menstruation. Explained in simple terms.
  • Year 5 and 6: Puberty for boys and girls in more detail including the social and emotional aspects of becoming an adolescent. Explained in simple biological terms.
  • Year 6: Puberty for boys and girls revisited. Understanding conception to the birth of a baby. Becoming a teenager.

All lessons are taught using correct terminology, child-friendly language and diagrams.

RSE within The DFE statutory guidance (England 2019) expects schools to deliver work on puberty. This sits under the Health Education statutory expectations. Lessons on human reproduction are left to the discretion of the school. However, children need to understand this before they leave primary school so that:

a) they see that puberty needs to happen to enable them to have babies in adulthood

b) this knowledge helps to safeguard them