Intent - What are we trying to achieve?
At YFPS, the intent of the curriculum is to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. We believe that it is not enough to simply teach pupils about the issues covered and suggested subject content. It is vital they have the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs about them and to develop the skills, language and strategies necessary to manage these issues should they encounter them in their lives and the wider community.
Implementation - How will we achieve this?
At Yealmpstone Farm Primary School (YFPS) we have chosen 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 whole-school initiatives.
We 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: Relationships – Feelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference (Autumn Term)
· Core Theme 2: Living in the Wider World – Rights and Responsibilities, Environment, Money (Spring Term)
· Core Theme 3: Health and Wellbeing – Healthy Lifestyles, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe (Summer Term)
We have chosen 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. We have planned 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 pupils’ needs and stages of development. The Curriculum framework whole-school overview gives a brief summary 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.
Relationship and Sexual Health Education
Relationship and sexual health education is taught at YFPS across the school and we focus on healthy relationships with our younger pupils. 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. If you have any concerns related to the content of the videos, please come and discuss these concerns with the head teacher.
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 support government guidance that RSHE should be included in the school's curriculum.
The governors endorse the school's policy and scheme of work for RSHE which includes details on the content and organisation of the sex education programme.
RSHE at YFPS is 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).
PSHE is continually promoted at YFPS through class time, school council, collective worship, whole-assemblies/celebrations and through the wider links made across the primary curriculum.
At YFPS we ensure that children are taught to respect and value each other and the protected characteristics are integrated into our curriculum. We have carefully selected a wide range of role models to study across our curriculum though each year group.
Impact - What difference will this make?
At YFPS, children: