Yealmpstone Farm Primary School (YFPS) wanted a whole school thematic approach so that different year groups would be working on similar themes at the same time throughout the year, allowing for cross-phase collaboration and to enable them to link the PSHE curriculum to whole school assemblies. One way YFPS does this is through our debate assemblies as the children of YFPS wanted to continue these assemblies. PSHE is also continually promoted at YFPS through class time, school council, Bully Busters, Peer Mediators, eco-leaders.
YFPS have chosen to use the core themes from the PSHE Association Programme of Study and the suggested topic titles from the PSHE Association Primary Planning Toolkit as a basis for our curriculum framework. The core themes from the PSHE Association Programme of Study are:
· Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing - Autumn Term
· Core Theme 2: Relationships - Spring Term
· Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World - Summer Term
Topic Titles from the PSHE Association Primary Planning Toolkit:
· Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing – Healthy Lifestyles, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe (Autumn Term)
· Core Theme 2: Relationships – Feelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference (Spring Term)
· Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World – Rights and Responsibilities, Environment, Money (Summer Term)
YFPS chose to cover every learning opportunity from the Programme of Study at least once within the primary phase, and usually more than once, to help build a spiral programme of learning year on year. YFPS decided in which year groups to address the learning opportunity and the corresponding learning objectives (from the Primary Toolkit) to reflect the context of the school and local community, and to address their pupils’ needs and stages of development. The Curriculum framework whole school overview gives a brief summary or ‘at a glance view’ of what is taught under the core theme and topic title, in each term, for each year group, across the school. It also provides a quick and simple way to view the progression of learning throughout the primary phase.
Sex education is taught at YFPS. In Year 6 video programmes support the programme of study and parents are given the opportunity to view the videos before they are used with the children. We accept that some parents may have strong objections to their children receiving sex education on religious or family grounds, and parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part of, the sex education lessons.
Procedure for withdrawing children from sex education lessons:
Parents to notify the Head in writing that they wish their child to be withdrawn from sex education.
The head will invite parents into school to discuss worries and to decide which parts of the sex education programme the child will be withdrawn from, and to agree what the child will do while the others are having sex education.
The head will write to parents confirming discussion and agreement, with a reply slip.
Parents return reply slip to school.
Governors' Statement on sex education:
The governors at YFPS have decided that sex education should be included in the school's curriculum.
The governors endorse the school's policy and scheme of work for sex education which includes details on the content and organisation of the sex education programme.
Sex education at YFPS must be presented in a way that encourages pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part of, the sex education lessons - apart from the biological aspects of human growth which are part of National Curriculum (Science).