Curriculum Statement (Updated February 2022)
At Felsted Primary School, personal, social, health, religious and economic (PSHRE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of our school ethos.
At Felsted Primary School Primary School, the intent of our PSHRE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all, and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, so that they know more, remember more and understand more. PSHRE is embedded in all that we do to enable our children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society. Our PSHRE curriculum has been built with the aim to support the development of the ‘whole child’, by helping them to understand how they are developing personally and socially as well as promoting their social, mental and physical development. Children will be able to develop the ability to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
The KAPOW scheme aims to give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need to effectively navigate the complexities of life in the 21st Century. The curriculum covers key areas which will support children to make informed choices now and in the future around their health, safety, wellbeing, relationships, and financial matters and will support them in becoming confident individuals and active members of society.
KAPOW Primary’s PSHE/RSE scheme of work covers the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance (as set out by the Department for Education), including the non-statutory sex education.
Children’s learning through the KAPOW scheme significantly contributes towards their personal development and promotes the four fundamental British Values which reflect life in modern Britain: democracy; rule of law; respect and tolerance and individual liberty.
The KAPOW Primary scheme is a whole school approach that consists of five areas of learning:
* Families and relationships
* Health and Wellbeing
* Safety and the changing body
* Economic wellbeing
Each area is revisited every year to allow children to build on prior learning. The lessons also provide a progressive programme.
The lessons are based on the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education which will enable children to meet the End of Key Stage Statements as set out in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Guidance 2019
The scheme also supports the requirements of the Equality Act through direct teaching about different families, the negative effect of stereotypes and celebrating differences.
Our ever-expanding wider provision of PSHRE promotes opportunities to link British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) responsibilities. Along with our broad and balanced curriculum, there are overlaps with other subjects, for example
- Computing – online safety
- Science – growing, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, teeth, diet, the changing adult body
- PE - leading healthy active lives
- History (Black History Month).
Therefore, flexibility in the timetable needs to be accounted for as objectives for PSHRE education will be met outside of the allocated timetable slot.
Flexibility in the timetable is also important to allow us to respond to local/national/global events that may occur and allow us to responds to any such event in an age appropriate way. The distribution of lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year, such as; Anti-Bulling Week, Black History Month, Mental Health Week and OWL/ECO week.
- School Parliament, Eco monitors meetings – importance of pupil voice
Differentiation and groups
All lessons include ideas for differentiation to stretch the most able learners and give additional support to those who need it. We use a range of resources including pictures, story scenarios and video clips to provide the opportunity for children to engage in real life and current topics in a safe and structured way.
We engage parents through sharing our learning via Tapestry, celebrating special themed weeks / days throughout the year
- Parents, Co-opted Governor responsible for Safeguarding, PSHRE subject co-ordinator & KS2 School Parliament children committee met to work on Anti-bullying to discuss and then create an anti-bullying poster and assembly for the whole school.
- We offer support through The Essex Child and Wellbeing service who offer free workshops such as:
- Stress Management
- Sleep Management
- PHEW (Parenting Help for Emotional Wellbeing)
- Online safety safeguarding advice workshop (2 John’s training)
- Bereavement counselling through Winston’s Wish.
- We also have LSA’s who support families and siblings of those who have experienced bereavement through use of a resource called ‘Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine’
Each area is revisited every year to allow children to build on prior learning. The lessons also provide a progressive programme. Teachers also share assessment grids (traffic lights to show pupil attainment) at handover meetings at the end of the academic year.
We are a relatively small primary school set in a North Essex Village. The majority of the children who attend the school are of White British Ethnic background. The children are taught the importance of their role as global citizens (lessons, assemblies, themed days/weeks) with differences in cultural traditions, religions, ethnicities celebrated and discussed as being of equal worth and importance (Eg Black History Month). Children are engaged in their learning and are confident to ask questions and reflect on their own experiences and values.
We teach the children about different family set ups and the importance of everyone being included and valued.
Our whole school anti-bullying week in November 2021 picks up on the value of ‘Kindness’ through use of Charlie Mackesy’s book ‘The Boy, The Horse, The Mole and The Fox’
At Felsted Primary School we deliver the PSHRE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use a PSHRE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHRE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
We believe that PSHRE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHRE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHRE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
- Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
- Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
- Children will become healthy and responsible members of society.
- Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
- Through having been taught the full KAPOW Primary scheme, children will have met the objectives set out within the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance and can utilise their learning within their daily lives, from dealing with friendship issues to resilience to making healthy choices and knowing where and how to get help when needed.