Relationships, Personal, Social and Health Education
Why we teach RPSHE
Every pupil has the right to achieve their full academic potential, and realise their lifelong aspirations, goals and values. Here at Boughton Monchelsea we aim to give all of our pupils the skills they will need throughout later life to succeed in everything that they embark upon. By delivering RPSHE we aim to give our pupils an equal opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive, stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others.
How we teach RPSHE
At Boughton Monchelsea, we have adapted our scheme of work using the PSHE Association materials. This is a regularly updated Programme of Study which also covers the 2020 statutory requirements to teach Relationships and Health Education.
Children will cover RPSHE through three main topics, Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World. In addition to discrete RPSHE lessons, some of the content will be taught through other subjects such as Science and RE. It is also taught in specific themed weeks and days such as Anti-Bullying week, Safer Internet week and in assemblies and circle time.
Our Curriculum Drivers in RPSHE
Life can have its ups and downs and through our RPSHE sessions we give our children the tools to deal with critical issues they face every day such as friendships, emotional wellbeing and change. PSHE education helps pupils prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they'll face.
It is important that we know and understand about the lives of people living in other places. With this understanding we aim to build a respect for people with different values and customs and different groups and communities. Additionally we will also learn about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
We live in an ever-changing world and so with the skills we teach, we aim to give our pupils a solid foundation for whatever challenging opportunities lie ahead, so they can face a world full of uncertainty with hope.
Pupils will explore the feelings and views of others around them in order to promote healthy mental wellbeing. They will understand how and why people feel the way that they do and have the views that they do and respect others for their differences.
How our curriculum is structured
Our RPSHE curriculum follows the requirements of the EYFS Framework and the Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum programme of study. We help children to develop skills they need to thrive, stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others.
We use Development Matters as our educational program to guide teaching in EYFS.
Within this stage we use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, explaining how things work and why they might happen. Pupils see themselves as a valuable individual but also learn to build constructive and respectful relationships. The children learn about their overall health and wellbeing.
They talk about members of their immediate family and community; they name and describe people who are familiar to them and recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 we follow a question based approach which builds an understanding of ourselves and our environment and the people around us. These questions include what is the same and different about us? Who is special to us? What are families like? And what makes a good friend?
As pupils move through the school from Key Stage 1 towards the end of Key Stage 2 we revisit questions and develop this understanding further with questions such as what will change as we become more independent? How do friendships change as we grow?