Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
Intent, Implementation and impact Nelmes Primary Relationship Programme which incorporates the PSHE curriculum.
At Nelmes Primary School, our bespoke Relationship Programme and PSHE education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the core of our school ethos, and British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE, which in turn supports our children to become responsible, healthy members of society, ultimately preparing them for life and careers in the years ahead.
The aim of this curriculum is to:
- Deliver an engaging and thought-provoking curriculum that is accessible to all.
- Help children to understand how they are developing personally and socially.
- Develop children’s understanding of how to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are simply part of growing up.
- Provide children with opportunities to develop their sense of self- worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
- Develop confident and articulate communicators.
- Develop personal qualities such as perseverance, resilience, patience, aspiration and self-belief through a sense of achievement and success.
The mapping of the programme across the school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations and the new 2020 National Curriculum. Objectives build progressively each term, revisiting skills throughout the curriculum. The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of the pupils in the school community, with teachers ensuring that they adapt lessons to support every child.
The Relationship programme is given dedicated time in order for children to develop and embed key skills and knowledge. In addition to this, areas are discussed as and when a need arises that may be specific to a class or pupil’s development.
To ensure consistency and progression the school has a scheme of work based on the objectives set out in the National Curriculum, which all teachers use to plan lessons from. Topics such as Relationships, Emotional Health and Safety are layered over the years to enable skills and knowledge to become embedded.
Self-evaluation and discussion play a key role and sequences of lessons are developed to build on life-skills, knowledge and attitude. Class work provides the means for all pupils to discuss their experiences and identify feelings and opinions; teachers are able to adapt this learning during the lesson to meet the needs of individuals where appropriate. Decisions about when to progress will always be based on the emotional wellbeing and readiness of pupils to progress to the next stage. Staff never underestimate the impact of children debating or discussing, as even practising using language or talking about feelings can help them to discover key skills for the future.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children are encouraged to identify their feelings and learn methods to control their bodies when faced with conflict. They learn what a good friend looks like and in turn how to become one themselves.
In Key Stage 2 children revisit the key areas from KS1 and build upon them through targeted lessons covering emotional health and intelligence, healthy relationships, growing up, coping strategies and citizenship.
The programme and PSHE curriculum, and outstanding teaching at Nelmes’ Primary ensures that all pupils are well equipped for their next steps in their education and for life in the 21st century. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and are motived and interested learners who understand the importance of being fully engaged in their learning.
Monitoring of lessons and displays show that children are given a range of activities from the different aspects of the PSHE curriculum, with children being provided with support and challenge when needed and appropriate. Regular assemblies are delivered across both key stages to enrich topics that have already been introduced in the classroom. As a result, children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
Effective monitoring indicates that children develop an awareness of the key skills throughout the whole school, including those with special educational needs and those who are pupil premium.
Pupil’s attitudes and their ability to access the social tools they have learned are good throughout the school, with older children taking the lead and providing excellent role models for younger children to aspire to in their future years at Nelmes.