Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. The aim of a PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum is a huge one: to give children the tools and the information they need to make positive choices which support their health, their achievement, their safety and their emotional well-being. At Redhill our learning objectives are drawn from the government’s statutory guidance in RSE (Relationships and Sex Education). In primary schools, focus is on the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy – mentally as well as physically.
At Redhill, our RSE curriculum, which is part of PSHE, is age appropriate and designed to prepare children for the next stages in their life. We want children to understand what healthy relationships look like and how to ask for help if there is anything they are worried about in their own family or friend relationships. We prepare our older children by teaching them about puberty and how to deal with the physical developments and the emotional impact this change will bring. We discuss body image and consider gender stereotypes and prejudices. Our oldest children receive age-appropriate and inclusive sex education which has been developed in conjunction with parents. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from this aspect of the curriculum. However, at Redhill, through careful consultation and by keeping parents well informed of the content of sex education lessons, all children are included.
The curriculum is taught through dedicated PSHE lessons which involve lots of discussion, role play and sharing ideas and strategies. However, the aims of PSHE run through every aspect of school life – for example, through our ‘SECRET’ values, through how we expect children to treat each other, through our community time sessions and through the books children study. Our ethos is one that promotes self-esteem, confidence, empathy and the ability to problem-solve and think critically. These are the underpinning principles which help children put into practice what they learn in PSHE lessons.