What does this look like at St Mark's?
PSHCE encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social, health, and citizen development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe and develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It is very closely linked with Every Child Matters (2004) and encompasses with SEAL. We have adopted the use of the PINK Curriculum and the Gloucestershire Healthy Living Partnership to help teach these important life skills.
First and foremost, St Mark’s C.E Junior School believes that RSE needs to be a highly personalised area of the curriculum. There will be a baseline of provision for all children which is outlined below. However, children’s own varied and sometimes highly complex experiences of relationships, the varied way in which their bodies change and grow, and their own questions about boys, girls and sex can mean that a completely bespoke programme needs to be designed. This will always be done in full collaboration with parents and carers.
We encourage parents and carers to communicate their child’s questions and thoughts in relation to RSE with us so that we can best support their developing understanding in school.
PSHCE, although not a statutory subject, is central to the educational entitlement of all children at St Mark's and permeates all aspects of life in school. It is an integral part of the whole curriculum and is taught both as a discrete subject and through links with cross curricular themes.
DEFINITION OF RSE
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) has been renamed as RSE: Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) to emphasise the relationships aspect of RSE. This was one of the recommendations from the Commons Education Committee Feb 2015 Relationship and Sex Education is not just learning about growing up, changes and reproduction. It is also about enabling children to make and maintain relationships with others, to understand about human sexuality and to feel good about themselves and the choices they make. This involves helping children to gain knowledge, develop skills and form positive beliefs and attitudes.
The Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning Application.
As a school we believe that we provide a good education in being healthy in both mind and body, through educational and play opportunity. To this end we would like to work towards a common goal of being fitter and healthier.
In September 2018 we will be asking children to bring in healthy snacks for break time and would like to get the whole school on board.
A letter outlining our intentions was given out at the beginning of June and a copy can be found here.
Top Tips for Parents.....
Respond to your child's questions as simply and as honestly as possible.
Talk to the school about any issue which concerns you about the social and mental wellbeing of your child, as we will do everything in our power to ensure that their needs are met.
The BBC have some interesting clips, and activities covering areas of our PSHCE curriculum, or if your child asks questions you feel you are unable to explain. These are aimed at 4-11yr olds.
A website containing information for parents about the PSHCE curriculum
Click here for more information.