Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
The personal and social development of our children is given a high priority and was judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. PSHCE is delivered through ‘Circle time’ in class and through mixed age ‘Family Groups’. Children learn to understand themselves, to value their uniqueness, their strengths and weaknesses. They learn how to manage their feelings in a positive way and how their actions impact on others. They learn to value difference and how to be a supportive and caring member of the school and wider community.High priority is given to encouraging children to lead healthy lives and to make healthy choices. Drugs education is part of this.
The School Council contributes to our programme of Citizenship education. Two children from each class from Years 2 to 6 are elected by their classmates to represent them at Council meetings for half the school year. The Council meets fortnightly with Mrs. Hood and occasionally with Governors to discuss things of concern to the children. Actions taken have included changing arrangements at lunch time, playtime rules and clubs.
Sex and Relationships Education:
The Governors, after consultation with staff and parents, have agreed a policy which recognises that sex and relationships education is an important part of a child’s development from an early age. We follow a planned programme which is taught within the context of secure, loving relationships, building self-esteem and respect for others. It is taught during the summer term and each year parents are invited to view some of the materials used. Some aspects are also covered within Science and PSHCE. Children's questions are dealt with sensitively as they arise.
Sex education is a discretionary part of the primary school curriculum and parents have the right to withdraw their child unless it is within the science curriculum. However, it is hoped that all parents will see this as an important part of their child’s education, especially as this is an area of concern nationally.
The principle aims of our Sex and Relationships Education Policy are to:
- Teach sex education in the context of secure, loving family relationships.
- Emphasise responsibility, self-control and respect for self and others.
- Help children to develop healthy bodies, minds and spirits.
- Teach children about physical and emotional changes that occur as they grow older and the emotional aspects of sex - good and bad experiences.
- Teach children about the role of sexual love in deepening the bond between husband and wife within a Christian marriage.
The full policy for Sex and Relationships Education can be read via the Policies page.