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Personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed.  We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.


We teach PSHE and Citizenship in a variety of ways. Some of the time we introduce PSHE and Citizenship through other subjects, e.g. when teaching about local environmental issues in geography, we offer pupils the opportunity to explore who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of local parks and cycle paths. As there is a large overlap between the programme of study for Religious Education and the aims of PSHE and Citizenship, we deliver a considerable amount of the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum through our Religious Education lessons. We also develop PSHE and Citizenship through activities and whole-school events. We offer a residential visit in Key Stage 2, where there is a particular focus on developing children’s self esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership skills and positive group work.


PSHE also involves Relationships and Sex education.  The children in lower years will be introduced gradually to various aspects of reproduction in animals and plants, through their Science curriculum.  The curriculum in Year 5 and 6 leads children to a more detailed understanding of human reproduction with particular emphasis on preparing the children for the changes which they will experience with the onset of puberty.  All teaching is contextualised within the Christian framework, allowing children to appreciate the value of family life and the traditional values of respect for themselves and each other.  Before we embark on the Relationships and Sex education units of work in Year 5 and 6, parents and carers are invited in to school to view the teaching materials and to discuss any issues they might wish to raise.  Parents also have the right to withdraw their children from relationships and sex education lessons if they wish to do so, although we do encourage parents to talk with us before reaching such a decision.


We have high expectations of our children’s achievements and reward and recognition play an important part in this.  We have regular celebration assemblies where children are presented with special awards for consistent or outstanding achievement, both academic and social.


We also encourage high standards of social behaviour by enabling children to assume responsibility for various aspects of routine school organisation.  Children take on monitoring roles in their classes, and by Year 6 are ready to help in the School Office or Library at lunchtimes, or take responsibility for various aspects of organising and setting up for Collective Worship.  All Year 6 pupils become Buddies for the children in Acorns, helping them with their learning and keeping them company on the playground.


We have an active School Council, with two representatives from each class from Y1-Y6, and many children throughout the school readily take on additional responsibilities, such as training to be Peer Mentors to support children on the playground, or becoming Junior Road Safety Officers, helping their peers learn about the issues surrounding road safety and traffic.  Please visit the pupil pages of the website for more information. 


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