The Governors have agreed that sex and relationships education should be taught in school, and it is taught as part of the PHSCE programme of study (Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship education). Children will receive sex and relationship education lessons throughout their time at The Spinney. The headteacher will work alongside the class teachers in Years 4, 5 and 6 to support the children's learning in this area. Parents and carers will be notified before SRE programme lessons begin and will be informed about which aspects of SRE will be taught in each year group.
We value your support as partners in learning and the children will be encouraged to share their learning with you at home. Please let us know if you do not want your child to receive those aspects of sex education which are not statutory. If you wish to discuss our approach further, please do come to see us.
At the Spinney Primary School, we want our children to be happy today, fulfilled in the future and able to make their world an even better place. We aim for a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum which is accessible to all and which will stimulate the children's interest. We want to equip the children we teach with life-long skills. Skills such as resilience, courtesy, truthfulness, how to manage feelings, promote positive friendships and an understanding of themselves and those around them. Research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people 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 helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. The intent of our curriculum is to deliver a curriculum that helps to equip children with a sense of who they are, respectful, healthy relationships, mental wellbeing and able to tackle challenges as they arise. We want children at The Spinney to be happy, successful and productive members of society. Through the teaching of RSE we want to ensure children receive age appropriate information, to keep them safe and informed. RSE is taught annually.
We teach PSHE through a 2-year rolling programme. Subscribing to the Cambridgeshire PSHR programme we ensure the content we are teaching is up-to-date and high quality. We celebrate the work we do through a variety of activities throughout the year. For example, in November celebrating Positive Friendship week and acts of kindness, working with Empathy Lab, association with MindUp and the work we have done with Random Acts of Kindness.
PSHE is planned for and covered in full within the EYFSm KS1 and KS2 curriculum. Teachers adapt units of work from the PSHE Development Programme, ensuring they are catering for the needs of the children they teach.
Working collaboratively we assess and monitor each unit of work we teach. We gather pupil views at the beginning and end of each unit of work. Pupil discussion in PSHE is a powerful means of assessing learning and we value this highly. We can see the impact of the PSHE curriculum in the children's confident, respectful behaviour and the ability to articulate feelings and emotions. We encourage the children to problem solve, discuss and manage their behaviour. Through our 2-year rolling programme children have the opportunity to revisit units of work at an age appropriate and progressive level.