Personal, Social and Health Education and RSE

  • Mrs Jayne Narraway

    PSHE Subject Leader

  • Mrs Vicky Beddall

    PSHE Link Governor

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the core values that we hold dear at Newchurch and which are the golden thread that runs through our daily life in school and our behaviour management. This is known as the R curriculum. As a school we promote the values of respect, resilience, reciprocity, resourcefulness, reflection and responsibility.

At Newchurch, we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our Newchurch robins to become healthy (physically and mentally), independent and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.  Our PSHE curriculum aims to help our Newchurch robins to understand how they develop personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to belong to a diverse society.  Our Newchurch robins are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by planning a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our bespoke curriculum, which utilises a number of different schemes and resources e.g. PSHE Association, St John’s Ambulance, Stonewall etc. and incorporates the statutory Relationships and Sex education reflects the needs of our pupils to enable them to contribute positively to society.

At Newchurch, we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class.

We expect teachers to use the PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

The curriculum is split into three core themes of: 

  •          Relationships
  •          Living in the Wider World
  •          Health and Wellbeing. 

This is a spiral curriculum where children meet these themes throughout the course of the year and knowledge, skills and understanding are reviewed and built upon as they progress through Newchurch.

Relationships education equips our Newchurch robins with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. The teaching of this is integrated into our PSHE curriculum.

Primary schools ate given the option to decide whether pupils are taught sex education. At Newchurch Community Primary School we acknowledge our responsibility to deliver a high-quality, age-appropriate and evidence-based relationships, sex and health curriculum which provides the children with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and therefore, we have opted to teach sex education. In order to ensure the provision is age appropriate, we have made use of the Christopher Winter Project: Teaching RSE with Confidence in Primary Schools.

The policy below explains the RSHE curriculum, explaining how it is informed, organised and delivered.

Floor books are used to capture the children’s responses and progress in PSHE lessons.  Baseline assessments are completed at the start of the lesson and new learning at the end of the lesson to show progress.

PSHE is an important part of school assemblies and collective worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Learning about the recovery position.
SEX Education