At All Saints we follow the condensed Kapow scheme which is a long term plan that focuses on the essential skills and knowledge of the subject. Our scheme of work fulfils the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education set out by the Department for Education. It also fulfils the National Curriculum requirement to teach PSHE (‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education ) and goes beyond the statutory requirements by referring to the PSHE Association Programme of Study (recommended by the Department for Education.)Our PSHE scheme also covers the government’s Education for a Connected World -2020 edition framework.
A range of teaching and learning activities are used and are based on good practice in teaching RSE/PSHE education to ensure that all children can access learning and make progress. In key stage 1 and 2, there is an introductory lesson at the start of each year group which provides the opportunity for children and teachers to negotiate ground rules for the lessons. These introductory lessons can then be referred to throughout the year to help create a safe environment.
All lessons are differentiated to stretch the most able learners and give additional support to those who need it. Many lessons, stories, scenarios, and video clips provide the opportunity for children to engage in real life and current topics in a safe and structured way. Role-play activities are also included to help children play out scenarios that they may find themselves in.
There are meaningful opportunities for cross-curricular learning, in particular with Computing for online safety and Science for growing, nutrition, teeth, diet and lifestyle. The scheme provides consistent messages throughout the age ranges including how and where to access help.
Learning is categorised into the five key areas below, which we return to in each year group, making pupil’s prior and future learning clear. Year 6 also have a further key area: Identity.
Sex education is is taught following the statutory National Curriculum aims for Science:
- Year 1: Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
- Year 2: Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
- Year 5: Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals; describe the changes as humans develop to old age [They should learn about the changes experienced in puberty.]
RSE and PSHE in Reception
Personal, social and emotional development is one of the three Prime Areas in the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. The prime areas, Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development, lay the foundations for children to achieve in all areas of learning and life. The early learning goals (ELG) below summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the reception year in the Personal, social and emotional development prime area and are referenced in our Kapow Primary RSE & PSHE lesson plans, along with the relevant non-statutory Development Matters guidance. We have organised our EYFS: Reception content under the most relevant early learning goal, however please be aware that these areas are interrelated.
Votes for Schools
Votes for Schools is a weekly current affairs voting platform designed to engage young people in political and social issues. Each week the children are given a topic and question that is introduced via an assembly on Monday morning.
The topics that are chosen are based on one of the following nine key themes:
1. Health and wellbeing
2. Equalities and identity
3. Environment and climate change
4. Global issues and politics
5. Science and technology
6. Community and charity
7. Crime, justice and extremism
8. Jobs, economy and education
9. Culture, media and the arts
In classes, during the week, the children then discuss the topic in more detail. After each lesson students vote, making their voice on the issue heard. The votes for schools voting platform enables us as a school to see how our students have voted compared to the national picture as well as broken down by age and gender giving us a real insight into what they think and feel about a range of diverse issues. Through weekly debating and voting, not only are young people learning about the world around them, they are becoming prepared for participating in our democratic processes.