At Brentside Primary, the health, happiness and safety of each student is paramount. Our PSHE curriculum is driven with these focuses in mind, and we aim to provide opportunities whereby children are encouraged to grow into independent and respectful members of society.
We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being. All children are entitled to access the PSHE curriculum regardless of gender, race or ability, they also have access to appropriate resources within the school.
Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Health Education (RHE) enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
Through whole school activities, and cross curricular opportunities, PSHE is present throughout all year groups. Walking through the school, it is evident that all students at BPA have a strong sense of pride and respect for one another, which is a value we hold closely. We aim to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to express themselves, talk about relevant matters, learn without judgement and belong to a school where bullying is dealt with as soon as it occurs. These opportunities for learning are done in safe space of discussion led lessons and whole school activities where creative arts are used as a medium for expression.
Pupils are taught PSHE using the Ealing scheme of work which is a spiral, progressive scheme, which 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
Where possible we make cross-curricular links between PSHE and other subjects; particularly in English, RE, PE, History and Geography. There may also be possible links to Maths, Science and Computing. PSHE learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, cross-curricular lessons and discrete lessons.
We stay up to date with PSHE curriculum expectations, and attend trainings carried out by Ealing Local Authority to ensure that our students receive the most relevant high quality teaching.
Curriculum impact is measured by pupil voice, soft impact, planning, monitoring of displays, lesson learning walks, and discussions with all stakeholders, i.e. pupils, parents and staff. Where RHE is concerned, our priority is ensuring that all parents understand what their child is learning and can support them at home. It is hoped that through this they will be able to extend and build on the learning children do at school. Parents are consulted on and have a voice in how and what their children learn. Success in this area comes through open lines of communication between all members involved. Observing the happiness and health of all students is ultimately our number one priority.
By the time children leave our school they will:
- be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others.
- have a positive self esteem
PSHE / RHE - New Curriculum - the facts
Schools in Birmingham were delivering an additional curriculum. We will not be delivering this curriculum. We will be delivering the same curriculum as other primary schools in Ealing. We will not be using videos to deliver lessons. Content will be age appropriate and child friendly. All resources will be shared with parents.
Updated guidance for RHE
From September 2020, this lesson will be known as Relationships Health Education. We will follow updated guidance during the year. Most schools in Ealing have already been teaching comprehensive Relationships Education for many years, therefore very little will change. As we update our resources and policy, you will keep you informed.
During the course of the Autumn term a working party will come together to draft a new RHE policy. This group will include members from the school community. Throughout this consultation period parents will be kept regularly.